Mercury rising: Planet completes rare transit of sun

May 10, 2016

Mercury rising: Planet completes rare transit of sun

Astronomers celebrated Monday witnessing one of the highlights of the skywatchers’ year, when the sun, Mercury and Earth all lined up — a phenomenon that happens just a dozen or so times per century. Mercury was seen through telescopes as a black dot inching ...

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

Apr 23, 2016

China plans to land on Mars by 2020

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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 ...