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.
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.
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.
As much as three percent of Mars could sustain life, say scientists from the Australian National University - but most habitable areas are underground.
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 and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are powerful enough to erode the surface of the moon, NASA simulations indicate.
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.
Communication with the stranded Phobos-Grunt Martian probe is coming and going, following a first successful contact on Tuesday.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has managed to re-establish communications with Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft.
The European Space Agency says that one of its ground stations has managed to re-establish contact with Russia's Phobos-Grunt probe, two weeks after control was lost.
NASA has confirmed that its Curiosity rover will depart for Mars on November 26 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
NASA is in the final stages of preparing its Mars Curiosity rover for a launch from Florida's Space Coast on November 25.
Russian scientists still can't contact the lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt, state media are reporting - and there's a danger it could fall to Earth with a massively toxic explosion.
NASA has released an animated clip depicting the proposed 2014 test flight of its Orion spacecraft.
A Russian Mars probe, its first interplanetary mission in 15 years, failed to take the correct course after launch, the Russian space agency has reported.
After a year and a half locked up in a box, six 'astronauts' have finally finished their simulated trip to Mars.
Liquid water on the Martian surface was probably never around for very long, meaning life would have struggled to gain a foothold there.
NASA has released a movie based on 309 images that were taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as it traveled from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater - a 13 mile trek which lasted three years.
The Martian atmosphere contains water vapor in a supersaturated state, say surprised ESA scientists.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has kicked off an initiative to build the world’s first completely reusable rocket and spaceship.