Solar system shaped by Jupiter's travels

A new model of the early solar system shows Jupiter rocketing about the place, moving toward the center of the solar system and back out again.

NASA reveals design for deep space vehicle

NASA's announced its plans for the US spacecraft it hopes will take human beings into deep space.

Russia wants a nuclear-powered spacecraft for Mars mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently working with NASA to develop a major Mars exploration project.

Scientists hope to check Martian surface for earthling DNA

MIT research scientists are planning to check whether we're all Martians, descended from organisms that were carried here aboard meteorites.

NASA should concentrate on Mars, says committee

Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa should be NASA's main areas of focus over the coming decade, according to a report from the National Research Council.

China to launch Martian lander in 2013

China is set to launch a Martian lander as early as 2013, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Martian sand dunes on the move

Scientists have been surprised to discover that Martian sand dunes long thought to be static are in fact changing quite fast.

Mars500 crew ready to land

After 230 days in isolation, an international team is about to 'land' on Mars.

NASA tries to reopen communication with stuck Martian rover

NASA's having another shot at regaining communication with the Mars rover Spirit, bogged down in a Martian crater for the last eighteen months.

Scientists eye radioactive Martian hoppers

Scientists are examining the feasibility of constructing hopping vehicles powered by radioactive material to more effectively explore the rugged surface of Mars.

NASA plans to develop hypersonic plane

NASA's planning to spend $5 million a year over the next three years on the development of a hypersonic vehicle that could fly at five times the speed of sound.

Mars discovery shows 'recent' habitable region

Brown University planetary geologists have identified a spot on Mars which they say could have been one of the most recent habitable microenvironments on the planet.

Profs call for one-way mission to Mars

A Washington State University professor is calling for one-way missions to Mars - and says he'd be happy to volunteer himself.

NASA approves mission to investigate Martian atmosphere

NASA has given the green light to the development and 2013 launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (Maven) mission, which aims to investigate how Mars lost so much of its atmosphere.

Water 'abundant' in Mars' recent past

There's been liquid water on the Martian surface throughout the planet's history, measurements by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suggest.

1976 Martian samples found to contain organics

Martian soil may contain carbon-based organic molecules, the building blocks of life.

Self-cleaning solar panels based on Martian mission technology

Researchers have developed a system allowing large-scale solar power installations to keep themselves clean, based on technology developed for missions to Mars.

Astronauts could waste away on long trips, says scientist

If men ever do land on Mars, they could be too feeble to do anything much when they get there, according to new research.

Ray Bradbury doesn't like Obama or e-readers

Acclaimed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury says he is mad at president Barack Obama.

Martian rocks could show signs of life

A team of researchers says that rocks in the Nili Fossae region of Mars may contain the fossilized remains of life.