China plans to land on Mars by 2020

Apr 23, 2016

China plans to land on Mars by 2020


Work is proceeding quickly on China’s planned mission to land a rover on Mars by 2020, the chief administrator of the country’s ambitious space program said Friday. Formally announced in January, China’s Mars voyage will attempt to re-create the success of the U.S. Viking ...

NASA reschedules next Mars mission for 2018

Mar 10, 2016

NASA reschedules next Mars mission for 2018

NASA’s next Mars mission is still alive. Instead of scrapping the grounded Mars InSight spacecraft, the space agency announced Wednesday that it is shooting for a 2018 launch. The robotic lander was supposed to lift off this month but ended up sidelined in December ...

Feb 28, 2016

NASA to simulate growing potatoes on Mars in Peru

Do Peru’s potatoes have the right stuff? That is the question scientists will be asking in Lima in the coming month, when a selection of tubers will begin undergoing tests to determine whether they are fit to grow on Mars. The U.S. space agency ...

Feb 4, 2016

Luxembourg stakes out legal framework for asteroid mining

Luxembourg has positioned itself to pioneer the potentially lucrative business of mining asteroids in space for precious metals such as gold, platinum and tungsten. The government on Wednesday announced steps to create a legal framework for exploiting resources beyond Earth’s atmosphere, and said it ...