Mars

The Little Rover that Could: Opportunity Reaches Odometer Milestone

by Shannon Hall July 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter NASA’s Opportunity mars rover now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles of driving. Given that the rover has been roaming the Red Planet for over a decade, that’s a travel speed of roughly 2.5 miles per year, […]

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NASA Preps for Nail-biting Comet Flyby of Mars

by Bob King July 26, 2014

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring inches closer to the Red Planet, NASA’s taking steps to protect its fleet of orbiting Mars spacecraft. On October 19, the comet’s icy nucleus will miss the planet by just 82,000 miles (132,000 km). That’s 17 times closer than the closest recorded Earth-approaching comet, Lexell’s Comet in 1770.  Remove this ad

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Astrophoto: Kaleidoscopic View of Mars

by Nancy Atkinson July 21, 2014

Astrophotographer Leo Aerts from Belgium took advantage of the recent opposition of Mars and captured the Red Planet both “coming and going” in this montage of images taken from October 2013 to June of 2014. Mars reached opposition in April of this year, meaning it was closest to Earth, allowing for the brightest and best […]

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How Do We Terraform Mars?

by Fraser Cain July 21, 2014

If we really want to live on Mars, we’re going to need to do a complete renovation. We’ll need to thicken the atmosphere, warm the planet, and get the liquid water flowing. What’ll it take? Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Sparks Fly on Mars as Curiosity Laser Blasts Red Planet Rock – Photos/Video

by Ken Kremer July 19, 2014

Curiosity has zapped hundreds of Red Planet rocks with her powerful laser blaster during her lifetime and has now caught the sparks flying for the first time as they happened – as seen in new photos and video above and below released this week by NASA. As the NASA rover’s million watt Chemistry and Camera […]

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