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Why terraforming Mars is only real in video games

Turning Mars into an Earth-like planet is really only possible in Mass Effect. 

MAVEN is finding out how Mars lost its atmosphere

Atmospheric ions detected by the spacecraft are telling us why they’ve been escaping.

SpaceX could send you on a Mars vacation

Get ready for liftoff -- if you have a few hundred thousand and possibly your life to spare.

What Earth's oldest fossils could mean in the search for extraterrestrial life
Mar 12, 2017

Things crawling around on ancient earth could be a clue for whether there was ever life outside our planet.

NASA just got closer to figuring out where to land the Mars 2020 rover
Feb 20, 2017

Mars 2020 has had its potential landing sites narrowed down to three ... and life could have flourished in any one of them.

Image of the day: How Mars would look as a habitable planet with oceans
Jan 11, 2017

Scientists believe that a very long time ago, Mars was not all that different from Earth. It had water — and probably a decent little atmosphere, to boot. So what might it have looked like a few billion years ago?

NASA sizzle reel shows everything we have to look forward to in 2017
Dec 29, 2016

It goes without saying that 2016 hasn’t been the greatest year, claiming artists and actors that will leave us reeling well after the calendar flips. But 2017 brings a fresh start— and as NASA points out — some very exciting space projects.

NASA wants SpaceX to prove it can land on Mars before the space agency sends its tech
Dec 15, 2016

NASA is working with SpaceX to piggyback some technology and equipment on the company’s early trips to Mars, but the space agency will not be hitching a ride on the first mission.

Forget Mars. Why we should colonize Saturn's moon Titan instead
Dec 1, 2016

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
Nov 15, 2016

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