ESA makes contact with lost Martian probe

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’s Mars rover launches on November 26

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’s Curiosity is ready to explore Mars

NASA is in the final stages of preparing its Mars Curiosity rover for a  launch from Florida's Space Coast on November 25.

Fears rise over lost Martian probe

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 animates Orion test flight

NASA has released an animated clip depicting the proposed 2014 test flight of its Orion spacecraft.

Russian Mars probe veers off course after launch

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.

'Martian astronauts' return from simulated mission

After a year and a half locked up in a box, six 'astronauts' have finally finished their simulated trip to Mars.

If there was life on Mars, it was probably underground

Liquid water on the Martian surface was probably never around for very long, meaning life would have struggled to gain a foothold there.

A three-year trek on Mars

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.

Martian atmosphere is full of water

The Martian atmosphere contains water vapor in a supersaturated state, say surprised ESA scientists.

Can reusable rockets help us get to Mars?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has kicked off an initiative to build the world’s first completely reusable rocket and spaceship.

NASA to test laser communications system

NASA is working on a new communications system that could dramatically cut the time needed to transmit high-resolution images from Mars.

Opportunity finds Martian rock with possible signs of water

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity - recently arrived at the Endeavour crater - has found a rock that's different from anything it's seen before.

Miniature nuclear reactor designed for use on other planets

Engineers from NASA and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are working on a suitcase-sized nuclear reactor for use on the moon and other planets.

Martian astronauts will need green thumbs, says NASA

Astronauts on the way to Mars could munch on space-grown lettuce, strawberries and carrots, a NASA scienstist says.

Could microbes live in Martian brine?

A new million-dollar NASA project led by the University of Michigan aims to discover whether drops of salt water are common on Mars - and whether microbial life could survive in them.

Martian channels 'caused by lava, not water'

The channels on Mars widely supposed to have been created by flowing water have a completely different origin, says a Texas Tech University professor.

NASA says water may be flowing on Mars

Recent images captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter seem to indicate the presence of flowing water during the warmest months on the red planet.

SpaceX wants to colonize planets

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk believes the human race should aspire to colonize the solar system, rather than just making do with inhabiting planet Earth.

Next Mars rover to search for organics at Gale Crater

NASA's picked the site for the next Mars rover landing - a spot  inside the planet's Gale crater that the scientists say just might reveal whether the planet could have supported life.