Stories tagged: Mars
Wed., June 28, 2017, 7:40 a.m.
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.
Fri., May 12, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
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. …
Mon., April 24, 2017, 2:15 p.m.
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.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 6:20 a.m.
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 …
Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 4:15 p.m.
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 …
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 11:38 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Oct. 11, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Aug. 3, 2016, 10:42 a.m.
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 …
Tue., June 28, 2016, 12:37 p.m.
Booster rocket fires in key NASA test for Mars missions
NASA’s fireworks came early this year with a successful rocket test in Utah.
Wed., June 8, 2016, 2:48 p.m.
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 …
Fri., May 27, 2016, 6:38 a.m.
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 …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 5:07 a.m.
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 …
Thu., May 19, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
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 …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 10:38 a.m.
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 …
Tue., May 3, 2016, 12:05 p.m.
Boiling water may have carved mysterious streaks on Mars, study finds
Those mysterious dark lines that grow and fade on some of the Red Planet’s slopes might not have all been caused by water flowing on the surface, but violently boiling …
Thu., April 28, 2016, 7:23 a.m.
SpaceX to launch Mars mission as soon as 2018
Elon Musk has finally put a date on SpaceX’s longstanding goal of going to Mars. SpaceX tweeted Wednesday that it is planning to send an unmanned Dragon spacecraft to the …
Thu., April 21, 2016, 9:20 a.m.
Exploring Mars: Redmond company wins $67M deep-space contract
A Redmond, Washington, company has won a $67 million contract with NASA to build a propulsion system that will help explore deep space and Mars.
Mon., March 14, 2016, 10:24 a.m.
European, Russian space agencies launch mission to Mars
Europe and Russia have launched a joint mission to explore the atmosphere of Mars and hunt for signs of life on the red planet.
Thu., March 10, 2016, 12:39 p.m.
Hamas burns 15 tons of Snickers bars following recall
Fifteen tons of Snickers chocolate bars have met a sticky end in Gaza.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2016, 9:50 a.m.
Mars recalls candy bars in 55 countries after plastic find
U.S. chocolate maker Mars says it’s recalling candy bars and other items in 55 countries after plastic was found in one of its products.
Mon., Feb. 15, 2016, 5:49 p.m.
Idaho engineer shares story of her ‘Mars’ adventure
A visit to Mars is still the stuff of best-selling fiction and big-budget Hollywood movies. But a North Idaho woman has played a real role in imagining the human experience …
Mon., Sept. 28, 2015, 7:42 p.m.
Life on Mars? NASA says planet appears to have flowing water
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Mars appears to have flowing rivulets of water, at least in the summer, scientists reported Monday in a finding that boosts the odds of life on …
Sat., Nov. 1, 2014
Shawn Vestal: Real-life Geordi La Forge will speak at INB
It all started with Geordi La Forge. When Kobie Boykins was growing up, he had to engage in one of the crucial decisions facing young people interested in science and …
Sun., Nov. 17, 2013
NASA’s newest mission will study erosion of Mars’ atmosphere
Four billion years ago, rivers and lakes dotted the surface of Mars, their waters reflecting puffy clouds drifting in a blue sky, scientists believe. Now, it’s a dry, rusty rock …
Sat., July 27, 2013
It’s out of this world
Elementary students taking summer school in the Central Valley School District have been learning about space and our solar system during the district’s annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) …
Mon., March 11, 2013
Rock Doc: Meteorite makes impression on geologists
I think the most memorable single day of all my years as a student was the afternoon I got to examine moon rocks in graduate school. Rocks on Earth are …
Mon., Jan. 4, 2010
Mars rover’s future in doubt
LOS ANGELES – Spirit has always been the unluckier of NASA’s twin Mars rovers. Just weeks after landing in a Martian crater in 2004, it went haywire and transmitted gibberish …
Fri., Jan. 16, 2009
Scientists detect big plumes of methane in Mars’ atmosphere
Scientists have discovered large plumes of methane gas in the Martian atmosphere, a key marker for biological processes on Earth but not convincing proof that rudimentary life forms exist on …