Key enzyme could slow aging for weightless astronauts

Astronauts signing up for long-term future missions to Mars and beyond will inevitably face a wide range of health issues, including microgravity-induced lymphocyte programmed cell death.

Strange lava spirals discovered on Mars

Lava flows coiled like snail shells have been found for the first time on Mars - and they're bigger than anything similar on Earth.

Martian asteroid craters could be refuge for life

The best place to look for life on Mars and other planets could be the impact craters of asteroids.

NASA calls for ideas for future Mars missions

NASA's Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) is starting to research its next Mars mission and is looking for help from scientists and engineers worldwide.

Did 1976 Viking mission discover life on Mars?

Scientists believe they've found evidence for life on Mars - in data collected 36 years ago.

Martian pits could provide haven for life

ESA’s Mars Express has discovered a series of 'pit-chains' in the Tharsis region of Mars that could, says ESA, be tempting targets in the search for microbial life.

The sand dunes of Mars



A unique, previously unseen landform could potentially provide scientists with a window into the geological history of Mars.



NASA hopes to salvage Mars mission

NASA's hoping to reorganize its budget to allow a trip to Mars by the end of the decade.

Martian quakes detected, raising hopes of life

Signs of recent 'Marsquakes' have been found, indicating that liquid water could be present - and raising hopes of life.

Budget woes hit Mars exploration plans

US President Barack Obama’s proposed 2013 budget would effectively slash $226 million from NASA’s Mars exploration program.



Life on Mars? Not on the surface

Mars may have been an arid planet for over 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet's surface.

Russia squabbles over Phobos-Grunt debacle

Russia was understandably upset and perhaps more than a little embarrassed when the Phobos-Grunt probe - slated to explore a Martian moon - failed to escape Earth’s orbit and crashed into the ocean.

Russian spaceship crashes in Pacific

The failed Mars probe that was left spinning out of control when contact was lost shortly after takeoff, has crashed safely to Earth in the southern Pacific.

Microbes found thriving in Mars-like conditions

The discovery of microbes in any icy lava tube in Oregon raises hope that similar microorganisms could survive in the very similar conditions to be found on Mars.

Mars could harbor life - but Curiosity's unlikely to find it

As much as three percent of Mars could sustain life, say scientists from the Australian National University - but most habitable areas are underground.

Opportunity finds evidence of flowing water on ancient Mars

NASA's Opportunity rover has found veins of a mineral that appears to be gypsum, and which could only have been deposited by flowing water.

Solar storms 'sandblasting' the moon

Solar storms and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are powerful enough to erode the surface of the moon, NASA simulations indicate.

Curiosity rover on its way to Mars

NASA's state-of-the-art Mars rover, Curiosity, set off safely for the red planet on Saturday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

More signals received from stranded Phobos probe

Communication with the stranded Phobos-Grunt Martian probe is coming and going, following a first successful contact on Tuesday.

Contact re-established with Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

The European Space Agency (ESA) has managed to re-establish communications with Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft.