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01.16.15 Rhett Jones

In 2003 Damien Hirst’s ego received an entirely unnecessary boost when he was chosen to be the first artist to have his work sent to Mars. That year, a spot painting by Hirst was placed on the Beagle 2 Mars probe, which was ejected from its mother ship on December 19th and never heard from […]

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12.19.14 Prachi Gupta

If the future goes the way two NASA scientists envision it, humans could one day hang out in airships in Venus’s clouds. That’s what Dale Arney and Chris Jones of NASA’s Langley Research Center have proposed with the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept, reports IEEE Spectrum. They even say that it may make more sense […]

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12.16.14 Prachi Gupta

NASA may have blown through almost $400 million on a test tower, but who cares, because the American space agency might have found evidence of live on Mars. In a meeting of the American Geophysical Union on Tuesday NASA shared the latest findings of its Curiosity rover, which detected a spike in methane — a […]

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09.12.14 Sophie Weiner

The Martian rover Curiosity, which NASA landed on the Red Plant in 2012, has reached a milestone in its scientific journey. After traversing a variety of terrains on the planet’s surface, including one that proved to be an ancient lake bed that could have once contained life, Curiosity is preparing to climb Mars’ Mount Sharp, […]

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09.05.14 Rhett Jones

Dutch nonprofit Mars One announced Thursday that if you donate money or buy some swag from their shop, you’ll be entered in a raffle for a trip to sub-orbital space. “Ticket to Rise” is an effort to help fund a test Mars mission in a recreated environment on Earth in 2015 and a demo mission to actual Mars by robots in […]

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08.04.14 Sophie Weiner

NASA’s next rover to Mars, launching in 2020, will pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and transform it into breathable oxygen. “When we have humans exploring Mars, they can make great use of the oxygen,” Michael Meyer of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program told the press. “We all love that stuff.” NASA will conduct several experiments on Mars […]

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07.18.14 Sophie Weiner

A new map of Mars produced by the US Geological Survey (USGS) is the most detailed yet, revealing new nuances about the planet previously unknown to science. The data was captured by three different spacecrafts — the Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The colors of the crust represent various processes that created […]

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02.24.14 Aymann Ismail

As a Muslim, I’m calling out this latest decision by the Fatwa Committee under the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowment in the United Arab Emirates. One-way trips to Mars are against Islam? That’s some interstellar bullshit. Nice attempt at trying to hijack the hot topic headline though. “Such a one-way journey poses a real risk to […]

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02.07.14 Andy Cush

Yesterday, we saw a truly beautiful panorama of shots taken by the Mars Curiosity rover showing the vast, foreign landscape that is the Red Planet’s surface. Today, the curiosity offered a distinctly different view, sending home its first-ever photo of Earth taken from Mars. The view is breathtaking. Witness our planet in all its tiny, speck-like […]

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02.06.14 Andy Cush

The sheer amount of snow and sleet in recent weeks has left parts of NYC looking like the cratered surface of some distant planet. If you’d rather be looking at foreboding, interminably chilly tundras from afar, though, here’s a new panorama of images from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, stitched together by the photographer Andrew Bodrov. According […]

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