Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane on Mars

Dec 17, 2014

Curiosity rover detects spikes of methane on Mars

NASA’s Mars rover, Curiosity, has detected spikes of methane in the planet’s atmosphere. That suggests something is producing or venting the scientifically tantalizing gas, but no one knows what. Most of Earth’s atmospheric methane comes from animal and plant life, and the environment itself. ...

Nov 28, 2014

Earthlings to beam 90,000 hellos to Mars

Radio telescopes on Earth will beam 90,000 messages to Mars on Friday to commemorate the launch 50 years ago of the first robotic probe to visit the planet. A U.S. space funding company called Uwingu organized the extraterrestrial shout-out to mark the 50th anniversary ...

All robotic eyes on comet for Mars flyby

Oct 20, 2014

All robotic eyes on comet for Mars flyby

All eyes on Mars — robotic or otherwise — were focused toward a comet the size of a small mountain set to whiz past the Red Planet on Sunday. NASA’s fleet of Mars-orbiting satellites and robots on the planet’s surface were primed for the ...

Oct 15, 2014

Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars: study

Space enthusiasts planning a move to Mars may have to wait. Conditions on the red planet are such that humans would likely begin dying within 68 days, a new study says. Oxygen levels would start to fall after about two months, and scientists said ...