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Uranus Is a Wonderland and We Should Go There

Uranus is tired of being the butt of your jokes—especially that one. Read More >>

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The Curiosity Rover’s Wheels Aren’t Looking So Good

A routine check performed by NASA has uncovered two tears on the treads of the Mars Curiosity Rover’s left middle wheel. The damage isn’t unexpected, nor is it catastrophic, but it’s a reminder that this intrepid little explorer won’t last forever. Read More >>

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Filmmaker Painstakingly Crafts One of the Best Looks at Mars Ever

Over the course of 12 years, the HiRISE camera has been photographing the Red Planet inch-by-inch from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Around 50,000 still images have been taken and anyone can check out hi-res stereo versions online. A Finnish filmmaker has spent three months converting the photos into a short video that allows us to fly over Mars in spectacular fashion. Read More >>

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Mars Might Have Had a Kickass Big Moon Instead of Two Tiny Crappy Ones 

Orbiting our dusty red neighbour are two puny potatoes, Phobos and Deimos. They look like they belong among the worst (but not the absolute worst) moons in the solar system, but their existence might tell a crazy story about Mars’ history. Read More >>

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Will Humans Have to Upgrade Their Bodies to Survive on Mars?

Living and boning in space — particularly on Mars — has fascinated our degenerate species for decades. Recently, SpaceX founder Elon Musk decided to put his very large amount of money where his mouth is by announcing his plans to colonise the Red Planet. NASA also likes to bloviate about its Journey to Mars in the 2030s, and there are a handful of other, shadier plans to colonise the Red Planet championed by celebrities, billionaires, and even the UAE. Read More >>

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You Will Want NASA’s Miniature Alien Rover As Your Personal Sidekick

NASA is getting ready to melt some space nerd hearts with an adorable little robot named PUFFER — which stands for Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robots — designed to explore alien worlds like Mars and Europa. The “origami-inspired” rover can fold itself to become as small as a smartphone, but will take on an enormous task once it’s ready for use. Read More >>

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Matt Damon Might Have Been Right About Potatoes on Mars

In 2015, Matt Damon reprised his role of “confused Boston actor” in the sci-fi film The Martian. The We Bought a Zoo star was able to survive for months on the Red Planet thanks to his ingenious decision to grow potatoes for food. Now, a NASA-backed project wants to see if Matt Damon’s potato scheme could actually work on Mars. And the early results are promising. Read More >>

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Congress Just Ordered NASA to Get Crackin’ on Mars and a Tonne of Other Things

Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives have approved a bill that will send $19.508 billion NASA and sets some very ambitious directives. All that’s standing between the space agency and getting to work is a presidential sign off. Read More >>

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NASA Spacecraft Avoids Very Embarrassing Collision With Mars’ Moon

We’re all a little uncoordinated at times, but when you’re a hunk of metal hurling through space, the consequences are a bit more severe. This week, NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), which has been orbiting the Red Planet for two years, had to perform a last-minute manoeuvre to avoid a disastrous collision with Mars’ moon, Phobos. NBD, though. Read More >>

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The Most Bullshit Missions to Mars, Ranked

For decades, Mars has entranced humans, including Matt Damon. Our cosmic neighbour, located some 34 to 249 million miles away, is an enticing destination in part because of its mysterious history—but mostly because Earth is an especially terrible place to be right now. Read More >>

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Why the Most Controversial 2020 Mars Rover Landing Site Could Also Be the Most Exciting

After much anticipation, NASA has finally released a shortlist of landing sites for its Mars rover mission slated for July 2020. The three finalists are Northeast Syrtis, which may have been warmed by volcanic activity, the Jezero Crater, which could be the remnants of a Martian lake, and Columbia Hills, which NASA’s Spirit lander explored in early-to-mid 2000s. Though Jezero is reportedly the favourite among NASA scientists, in this case, it’s the underdog that could be our best shot at finding hints at past or present life on the Red Planet—which is exactly what the 2020 mission seeks to do. Read More >>

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Mars’ Northern Ice Cap Looks Like a Gigantic Cinnamon Bun

Using satellite data, the European Space Agency has produced a glorious new image of the swirling spirals at the north pole of Mars. The Red Planet has never looked more delicious. Read More >>

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How Failed Planets May Have Shaped the Earth

Earth has some battle scars from back in the day. When the solar system was still young and wild, roughly four billion years ago, Earth, its Moon, and Mars were attacked by a series of asteroid assailants. It’s long been assumed that the space rocks involved in the assault — called the Late Heavy Bombardment — are now floating around in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Read More >>

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Incredible New Image Shows the Earth and Moon From Mars

During a recent calibration exercise, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a remarkable view of Earth and its moon from a distance of 127 million miles (205 million kilometers). It’s so clear, you can even make out our planet’s continents. Read More >>

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The Curiosity Rover Has Been Out of Action for Weeks

NASA is working to resolve an increasingly frustrating problem with the Curiosity Rover’s drill, which has stalled, leaving the Martian explorer out of action on the slopes of Mount Sharp for more than two weeks. Read More >>