Tagged: Mars

Climb Aboard a Boeing 747 That NASA Turned Into the World’s Biggest Flying Telescope | WIRED

Climb Aboard a Boeing 747 That NASA Turned Into the World’s Biggest Flying Telescope | WIRED

To get the best space observations possible, NASA scientists fly around the world in a highly modified 747 carrying a giant telescope.

‘Halos’ on Mars Suggest Conditions for Life Lasted Longer Than Thought

‘Halos’ on Mars Suggest Conditions for Life Lasted Longer Than Thought

Shortly after touching down inside the Red Planet’s 96-mile-wide (154 kilometers) Gale Crater in August 2012, NASA’s Curiosity rover found evidence that the area had harbored a potentially habitable lake-and-stream system in the ancient past. The...

Enhanced NASA Images Show Potential for Buried Ice Near the Martian Equator

Enhanced NASA Images Show Potential for Buried Ice Near the Martian Equator

NASA made headlines around the world back in 2015 when it discovered evidence of briny water flowing on the surface of Mars. The agency detected hydrated salts flowing within recurring slope lineae, or RSLs,...

Curiosity Rover Spies Sand Dunes on Mars & Ancient Freshwater Deposits (Photos)

Curiosity Rover Spies Sand Dunes on Mars & Ancient Freshwater Deposits (Photos)

The Curiosity rover’s first five years on Mars have been full of drama and scientific accomplishment.  The six-wheeled robot then began making its way toward the 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons) to study...

Mars Soil May Be Toxic to Microbes

Mars Soil May Be Toxic to Microbes

The Martian surface may be even less hospitable to life than scientists had thought. These compounds, known as perchlorates, seem to be widespread in the Martian dirt; several NASA missions have detected them at a...

That ‘Mars’ Look: Designer Draws on Real Tech for Futuristic Spacesuits

That ‘Mars’ Look: Designer Draws on Real Tech for Futuristic Spacesuits

Italian costume designer Daniela Ciancio combined extensive research with her own creative talent to carefully craft a spacesuit costume for the Mars crew that was as realistic as possible. The skintight spacesuits Ciancio designed...

Iron-Loving Bacteria a Model For Mars Life

New research on the bacterium Tepidibacillus decaturensis shows that it could be a model organism for what might live on Mars, should any creature inhabit the Red Planet. The research team piggybacked on drilling activity...