Nov 27, 2016

ExoMars space program needs an extra €400 million

Barely a month after its expensive test lander crashed into Mars, the European Space Agency asked member nations Friday to cough up an extra €400 million ($425 million) to complete the ExoMars exploration of the red planet. The two-part mission saw a spacecraft successfully ...

Mars: graveyard of broken dreams and landers

Oct 21, 2016

Mars: graveyard of broken dreams and landers

Mars, the fourth planet from the sun, has become a veritable graveyard for landers and rovers dispatched to its surface from Earth. Only the United States has successfully operated rovers on the red planet — four in all — and has lost only one ...

Elon Musk foresees cheap trips to Mars colony

Sep 28, 2016

Elon Musk foresees cheap trips to Mars colony

SpaceX chief Elon Musk on Tuesday unveiled ambitious plans to establish a Mars colony by sending 100 humans at a time on massive spacecraft, possibly costing as little as $100,000 per person. Taking the stage under a large globe of Mars at the International ...

Jun 17, 2016

Delayed ExoMars mission gets €77 million boost

The second part of a delayed joint European-Russian mission to probe Mars for traces of life has received a crucial €77 million ($86 million) cash injection, the European Space Agency said Thursday. In the first phase, the European Space Agency (ESA) and its Russian ...