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Tool around the amazing Red Planet without leaving home

Google Mars lets you explore the Red Planet without the 140-million-mile journey.


A new era in spaceflight: Back to the moon on the way to Mars

NASA announced this summer that it plans to head back to the moon in the 2020s, about 50 years after astronauts last visited. But this time, the moon isn’t considered …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 5:13 p.m.

NASA anxious to hear from Mars rover as dust storm clears

NASA is anxious to hear from its dust-silenced Mars rover, Opportunity, as the planet’s red skies clear.


Mars making a brilliant pass near Earth this week

Look to the south or southeast sky after dark during the next week or so and you will see the brightly beaming, rust-colored planet Mars.


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Mars making closest approach to Earth in 15 years

Now’s the time to catch Mars in the night sky.


UK space officials seek nifty name for Mars rover

The U.K. Space Agency is looking for a catchy name for the ExoMars Rover being developed for use in a mission set for 2020.


UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 3:02 p.m.

New Mars discoveries advance case for possible life

New Mars discoveries are advancing the case for possible life on the red planet, past or even present.


NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep

A robotic geologist armed with a hammer and quake monitor rocketed toward Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious insides.


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

NASA spacecraft will have company all the way to Mars

NASA’s next Mars explorer is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks.


NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity marks 2,000th day on red planet

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has now marked 2,000 days on the red planet.


European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere

A European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 2:33 p.m.

Pence pledges U.S. will go to the moon, Mars and beyond

Trump administration officials are pledging to send Americans back to the moon – and then on to Mars.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 9:49 p.m.

Mars research crew emerges after 8 months of isolation

Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits, vegetables …


Trump to nominate Oklahoma congressman to lead NASA

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to nominate an Oklahoma congressman, Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, to serve as the next administrator of NASA.


A mysterious Mars-sized planet may be hiding at the edge of our solar system

A mysterious celestial body may be lurking in the frozen, far-flung reaches of the solar system, scientists say.


NASA nixes crew for test flight of new megarocket in 2019

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s new megarocket will launch without astronauts on its test flight, now delayed until 2019 because of technical challenges, the space agency’s top leaders said Friday. …


Trump says he hopes humans set foot on Mars ‘during my second term’

To the long list of ambitious goals he has set, no matter how far-fetched they might seem, President Donald Trump on Monday added this: placing humans on Mars.


First on the Martian menu: spuds

If human beings finally reach Mars, they may find themselves depending on the humble, if hardy potato. Scientists in Peru have used a simulator that mimics the harsh conditions on …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 4:47 p.m.

Trump signs NASA bill aimed at landing on Mars

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Tuesday that updates NASA’s mission to add exploration of Mars and authorizes $19.5 billion in spending for the U.S. space agency for …


Scientists will live in a dome for 8 months to simulate Mars

Six carefully selected scientists will spend the next eight months living inside a man-made dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA …


Photos show European Mars probe crashed, may have exploded

Europe’s experimental Mars probe hit the right spot – but at the wrong speed – and may have ended up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck …


Obama says US working with companies to send humans to Mars

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the United States is partnering with commercial companies to build “new habitats” to try to send humans safely to Mars within two decades. Obama …


Weathercatch: Dust devils common in Washington – and on Mars

This time of year, dust devils put on a good show in the flatter, drier parts of the Pacific Northwest. You’ve probably seen these plumes of swirling dust zipping across …


Booster rocket fires in key NASA test for Mars missions

NASA’s fireworks came early this year with a successful rocket test in Utah.


Sweden bans M&Ms in chocolate trademark dispute

A Swedish court has ordered candy maker Mars to stop selling M&Ms in the Scandinavian country, at least not with the customary lower-case letters it uses on the packaging and …


Climate change is happening on Mars, where an ice age is coming to an end

By examining swirling patterns left in ice topping the Red Planet’s north pole, scientists using radar data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have put together an unprecedented look into our …


Supersized tsunamis once roiled ocean on Mars, scientists say

Mars might have been a wilder water world than we thought. Scientists scanning the terrain have discovered signs of two massive tsunamis in the northern hemisphere – events that might …


Mars, Earth, sun line up perfectly in sky this weekend

Last week, Mercury stole the show. Now it’s Mars’ turn. On Sunday morning, Mars, Earth and the sun will line up perfectly in the sky. This once-every-two-years event is called …


Mars is within reach, says German tapped for space command

Humans could set foot on Mars within decades if they wanted to, according to the German astronaut who has been tapped to become his country’s first commander of the International …