NASA Mars spacecraft reveals a more dynamic Red Planet

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings -- possibly due to salty water – that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator.

Understanding Martian scars

Ripped apart by tectonic forces, Hebes Chasma and its neighbouring network of canyons bear the scars of the Red Planet’s early history. ESA’s Mars Express has flown over this region of Mars on numerous occasions, but this new eight-image mosaic reveals Hebes Chasma in full and in greater detail than ever (click image for full mosaic).

Ancient snowfall likely carved Martian valleys

Valley networks branching across the Martian surface leave little doubt that water once flowed on the Red Planet. But where that ancient water came from — whether it bubbled up from underground or fell as rain or snow — is still debated by scientists.

MAVEN Spectrometer opens window to Red Planet’s past

When NASA’s MAVEN mission begins its journey to the Red Planet later this year, it will be equipped with a special instrument to take the planet back in time. That instrument is the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer, a network of electrically charged rods that will measure the charged gas particles—or ions—making up Mars’ upper atmosphere.

At the foot of the Red Planet's giant volcano

Hundreds of individual lava flows are seen frozen in time on the flanks of Olympus Mons, the largest volcano in the Solar System.

The thawing "dry ice" of Mars

An international team of researchers studying data beamed back by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have observed seasonal changes on far-northern sand dunes on the Red Planet caused by warming of a winter blanket of frozen carbon dioxide.

How to colonize Mars by 2023



A Dutch company known as "Mars One" is hoping to begin colonization of the Red Planet by 2023.

NASA’s Mars Curiosity is roving the Red Planet



NASA's Curiosity rover touched down on Mars last night at 10:31 PDT, or approximately 3 p.m. local time on the Red Planet.

Contact re-established with Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

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