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Forget Mars. Why we should colonize Saturn's moon Titan instead

Titan has one particular advantage over the Moon and Mars when it comes to colonization.

It might be a lot harder than we thought to find life on the surface of Mars

Scientists haven’t had much luck finding proof of life on Mars, and it sounds like the odds are getting even longer. 

The mystery of what happened to Europe's first Mars lander may have finally been solved

There have been a lot of Mars missions over the years, and the vast majority of those did not end well. Now, we might finally know what downed Europe’s first Mars rover.

NASA doesn't see SpaceX's plan to reach Mars first as a rivalry
Nov 1, 2016

Considering a U.S. company has a plan in place to reach Mars around a decade sooner than NASA, you’d think the space agency might be a bit jealous. Well, then you'd be wrong.

NASA wants to use space lasers for super-fast communication to Mars
Oct 31, 2016

Unlike the instantaneous communication we’re used to seeing in shows like Star Trek, real-life space communication doesn’t really work that way — and that’s a problem as we look to expand our human footprint to Mars and beyond. But NASA thinks space lasers could be the answer we need.

Here are the 6 designs that could be the foundation for NASA's Mars spaceship
Oct 28, 2016

We’ve already seen Elon Musk roll out the design for his Mars spaceship, but we’re still waiting for NASA to show off the ship future astronauts will take to the Red Planet.

It looks like the ESA's ExoMars lander has crashed into the Red Planet
Oct 24, 2016

Space is hard, and for every Curiosity rover rolling around on Mars, there are a whole lot more failed missions that missed the mark. It looks like the ESA’s ExoMars project falls in the latter category —though that doesn’t mean the space agency didn’t pull down some useful intel.

Cosmic rays could give future Mars astronauts space dementia
Oct 17, 2016

Getting astronauts into space and keeping them alive is already a tough nut to crack, and a new study shows it’ll be even harder than we thought.

NASA developing cutting-edge gauze that could save future astronauts
Oct 11, 2016

There are a lot of technical hurdles to overcome before we put boots on Mars, and one of the less obvious (thought certainly important) is how to deal with injuries that far away from Earth.

Look out, NASA: Russia and ESA set to land their own probe on Mars this week
Oct 11, 2016

It’s not easy to land a probe on another planet, which is part of the reason the United States is still pretty much the only country to pull it off successfully. But that could all change later this week.

Boeing vows to beat SpaceX to Mars, kicking off modern day space race
Oct 5, 2016

Back in the 1960s it was the U.S. vs. Russia in a race to the moon. Now? There’s a whole lot more folks on the track in the sprint for the moon.

Elon Musk's ambitious plan to colonize Mars might not actually be legal
Sep 30, 2016

Earlier this week, Elon Musk laid out his insanely ambitious plan to colonize Mars within the next 50-100 years.