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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

NASA rover finally bites the dust on Mars after 15 years

NASA’s longest-running rover on Mars, Opportunity, has been pronounced dead, 15 years after it landed on the red planet.


Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars

Two tiny satellites have fallen silent hundreds of millions of miles away, after proving new technology at Mars.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 8:57 p.m.

NASA’s storm-silenced rover marks 15th anniversary on Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s Opportunity rover is silently marking the 15th anniversary of its touchdown on Mars. The spacecraft hasn’t been heard from since a global dust storm last …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

New NASA lander captures 1st sounds of Martian wind

NASA’s new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the Martian wind.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

As Mars’ newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

NASA spacecraft lands on red planet after six-month journey

A NASA spacecraft has landed on Mars to explore the planet’s interior.


New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars

In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 23, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors

Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors.


Big test coming up for tiny satellites trailing Mars lander

A pair of tiny experimental satellites trailing NASA’s InSight spacecraft all the way to Mars face their biggest test yet.


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 …