Mars

April 1, 2019

Life on Jupiter’s Moon Europa? Lander Design Team Hopes to Be the Ones to Find It

There’s a stark difference between knowing that the conditions for life exist and actually finding some form of life, and that difference is at the heart […]
March 18, 2019

SpaceX preparing to begin Starship hopper tests

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — SpaceX could begin initial tests of a prototype of the company’s next-generation Starship vehicle as soon as this week, Elon Musk said […]
February 28, 2019

NASA unlikely to return Mars samples in the 2020s

WASHINGTON — Despite a new emphasis on a streamlined, “lean” sample return architecture, a NASA official says it’s unlikely that suite of missions will be able […]
February 18, 2019

NASA experiments suggest problems lie ahead for astronauts during Mars mission

By definition, astronauts who embark on the first crewed mission to Mars will encounter a combination of challenges and risks that humans have never experienced before, […]
February 15, 2019

Who’s Out There–Weirdos?

A review of “Weird Life: The Search for Life That Is Very, Very Different from Our Own” by David Toomey, New York, W.W.Norton, 2013. by Cary Neeper  Author […]
January 12, 2019

Elon Musk reveals SpaceX Starship

Testing to begin in 4 to 8 weeks, Musk says On Thursday, Elon Musk revealed on Twitter the SpaceX Starship, a rocket that he said will […]
December 24, 2018

Sending astronauts to Mars would be stupid, astronaut says

One of the first men to orbit the Moon has told BBC Radio 5 Live that it’s “stupid” to plan human missions to Mars. Bill Anders, lunar module […]
December 9, 2018

Listen to the very first sounds recorded on Mars

InSight rumbles with alien Martian wind. Last week a gust of wind swept across the Elysium Planitia, the tropical plane that straddles the Martian equator. It […]
December 8, 2018

This is a Martian selfie from the InSight lander

After a seven-month journey to the Red Planet, NASA’s InSight lander is stretching out and preparing to unpack at its final destination. InSight touched down safely on the […]