Red Planet

NASA all set to send its first-ever mission to study Mars' deep interior on May 5

NASA all set to send its first-ever mission to study Mars' deep interior on May 5

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is all set to launch its first-ever such mission to Mars to study its deep interior and find traces of how it was formed.

Apr 10, 2018, 11:19 AM IST
Mars parachute sent high up in key NASA test

Mars parachute sent high up in key NASA test

A supersonic parachute designed for future missions to Mars has undergone a successful test in which it was sent very high up in the sky in a rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Apr 02, 2018, 18:01 PM IST
NASA set to launch its first-ever mission to study Mars' deep interior

NASA set to launch its first-ever mission to study Mars' deep interior

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is all set to go on a journey to Mars to study the deep interior of the Red Planet and find traces of how it was formed.

Mar 30, 2018, 10:30 AM IST
New milestone: NASA's Curiosity rover completes 2,000 days on Mars

New milestone: NASA's Curiosity rover completes 2,000 days on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has achieved a new milestone as it completes 2,000 days on the Martian surface.

Mar 26, 2018, 12:58 PM IST
Six-member team of Israeli researchers completes mock Mars mission in Negev desert

Six-member team of Israeli researchers completes mock Mars mission in Negev desert

The participants were investigating various fields relevant to a future Mars mission, including satellite communications, the psychological effects of isolation, radiation measurements and searching for life signs in the soil.

Feb 20, 2018, 10:16 AM IST
NASA's Opportunity observes 'rock stripes' on Mars that may suggest actions of water

NASA's Opportunity observes 'rock stripes' on Mars that may suggest actions of water

Opportunity was planned as a 90-sol mission as NASA did not expect the rover to survive through a Martian winter.  

Feb 19, 2018, 11:02 AM IST
How will a 3-year Mars mission affect humans? NASA calls for more research

How will a 3-year Mars mission affect humans? NASA calls for more research

While typical missions to the International Space Station (ISS) last just six months, a round-trip mission to Mars could last three years.

Dec 20, 2017, 17:43 PM IST
NASA's Mars 2020 mission: Here's how Martian samples will be brought back

NASA's Mars 2020 mission: Here's how Martian samples will be brought back

Mars 2020 relies heavily on the system designs and spare hardware previously created for Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover, which landed in 2012.

Dec 12, 2017, 08:39 AM IST
Martian atmosphere well-protected from effects of solar wind: Study

Martian atmosphere well-protected from effects of solar wind: Study

Unlike Earth, Mars has no global magnetic dipole, but the solar wind instead induces currents in the ionised upper atmosphere (the ionosphere), creating an induced magnetosphere.

Dec 11, 2017, 17:34 PM IST
Which came first on Mars – Clay or water? Scientists reveal details

Which came first on Mars – Clay or water? Scientists reveal details

Backed by lab experiments and computer models, the researchers laid out how the scenario would have worked.  

Dec 07, 2017, 16:31 PM IST
Was Mars a war ground? Mysterious object resembling a 'cannonball' sparks debate – Watch

Was Mars a war ground? Mysterious object resembling a 'cannonball' sparks debate – Watch

A video has surfaced showing what looks uncannily like a cannonball on the surface of the Red Planet, which has been seized as proof of life.

Dec 05, 2017, 18:54 PM IST
NASA, Bradley varsity creating 3D-printed habitats for Mars

NASA, Bradley varsity creating 3D-printed habitats for Mars

Due to its thin atmosphere and desolate surface, Mars is uninhabitable for humans as it is. 

Dec 04, 2017, 20:46 PM IST
NASA develops new unmanned rover for Mars 2020 mission

NASA develops new unmanned rover for Mars 2020 mission

JPL is also developing a new landing technology that will allow the rover to visit sites deemed too risky for Curiosity and shave miles off its journey.

Nov 29, 2017, 16:26 PM IST
Scientists successfully give life to two earthworms in Mars soil simulant

Scientists successfully give life to two earthworms in Mars soil simulant

 Worms are very important for a healthy soil, not only on Earth but also in future indoor gardens on Mars or the Moon.

Nov 28, 2017, 14:37 PM IST
NASA to send instrument aboard Japan-led probe to study Martian moons

NASA to send instrument aboard Japan-led probe to study Martian moons

The Mars Moons eXploration (MMX) mission is in development by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). 

Nov 21, 2017, 12:58 PM IST
NASA testing energy tech to 'empower' human crews on Mars

NASA testing energy tech to 'empower' human crews on Mars

Offering prolonged life and reliability, such technology could produce from one to 10 kilowatts of electrical power, continuously for 10 years or more.

Nov 15, 2017, 18:56 PM IST
Over 1 lakh Indians will be 'travelling' to Mars, country ranks third in global list

Over 1 lakh Indians will be 'travelling' to Mars, country ranks third in global list

NASA on Wednesday stated, that India ranks third in the global list with regard to the number of names submitted for the Mars mission.

Nov 09, 2017, 11:22 AM IST
NASA's Mars 2020 rover will study the Red Planet with 23 'eyes'

NASA's Mars 2020 rover will study the Red Planet with 23 'eyes'

After Pathfinder (1997), the Spirit and Opportunity rovers were designed with 10 cameras each, including on their landers; Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover has 17.

Nov 01, 2017, 11:43 AM IST
Mars has excellent conditions to generate oxygen from CO2, says study

Mars has excellent conditions to generate oxygen from CO2, says study

Mars has excellent conditions for In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) by plasma.

Oct 23, 2017, 15:41 PM IST
US space company seeks to build human settlement on Mars by 2022

US space company seeks to build human settlement on Mars by 2022

Bigelow Aerospace plans to send an expandable habitat around the Moon by 2022.

Oct 20, 2017, 14:03 PM IST