MARS

A team of evolutionary biologists at Harvard University, working with colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, East Carolina University, Osaka University and the University of Toronto, has reconstructed the genome of an extinct...
Paleontologists at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have discovered that some feathered dinosaurs had scaly skin like reptiles today, thus shedding new light on the evolutionary transition from scales to feathers. The researchers studied a new...

NASA is seeking a faster, cheaper way to bring Mars samples to Earth

NASA's plan to bring samples from Mars back to Earth is on hold until there's a faster, cheaper way, space agency officials said Monday. Retrieving...

Mars attracts: How Earth’s interactions with the red planet drive deep-sea circulation

Scientists from the Universities of Sydney and Sorbonne University have used the geological record of the deep sea to discover a connection between the...

Why is it so hard to drill off Earth?

Humans have been digging underground for millennia—on the Earth. It's where we extract some of our most valuable resources that have moved society forward....

Water persisted in Mars’ Gale crater for longer than previously thought, study finds

Billions of years ago, Mars was home to abundant water, and its Gale crater contained a lake. Gradually, the climate changed, drying the red...

Mars had its own version of plate tectonics

Plate tectonics is not something most people would associate with Mars. In fact, the planet's dead core is one of the primary reasons for...

Little groundwater recharge in ancient Mars aquifer, according to new models

Mars was once a wet world. The geological record of the Red Planet shows evidence for water flowing on the surface—from river deltas to...

Testing shows some bacteria could survive under Mars conditions

An international team of radiation specialists, biologists and infectious disease experts has found four types of bacteria that are capable of surviving exposure to...

Mars has a water reservoir two-miles deep, enough to fill Earth’s Red Sea

Over a decade and a half ago, the Mars Express embarked on a journey to unravel the secrets of the Martian surface, focusing on the...

Lake sediments found in Jezero crater hint at past life on Mars

In a significant discovery published in the journal Science Advances, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Oslo have uncovered evidence suggesting the...

NASA helicopter’s mission ends after three years on Mars

NASA's Ingenuity Mars helicopter, which made history by achieving the first powered flight on another world, has officially ended its nearly three-year mission after...

Confirmation of ancient lake on Mars offers hope that Perseverance rover’s soil and rock samples hold traces of life

If life ever existed on Mars, the Perseverance rover's verification of lake sediments at the base of the Jezero crater reinforces the hope that...

Curiosity captures a martian day, from dawn to dusk

When NASA's Curiosity Mars rover isn't on the move, it works pretty well as a sundial, as seen in two black-and-white videos recorded on...

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