An Astounding Amount of Water Has Been Discovered Beneath the Martian North Pole

Using ground-penetrating radar, scientists detected a massive reservoir of frozen water sandwiched by layers of sand beneath the northern polar ice cap on Mars. This reservoir contains so much ice that, if melted and brought to the surface, it would submerge the entire planet. Read More >>

Martian Sand Is Swallowing the Phoenix Lander

The Phoenix Lander detected water on Mars during its three-month mission in 2008, and now it is being swallowed by the planet’s sands. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped the below two images, one in 2008 and the other in December of 2017: Read More >>

Water Isn’t Actually Flowing on Mars, Suggests New Result

Facts are built into the fabric of the Universe, but science can sometimes be a problematic tool for establishing them. On occasion, even the most exciting discoveries can be overturned with more evidence. Read More >>

It’s Going to Be Tougher to Find Drinkable Water on Mars Than We Thought

Explorers hoping to find easily accessible liquid water on Mars may be out of luck. A new study questions the source of recently discovered surface water on the Red Planet, a revelation that may force Martian colonists to settle in the arctic regions where ice is plentiful. Read More >>

New Mars Portrait Reveals Strange Changes to the Planet’s Surface

Mars is nearing its closest approach to us in a decade, so Hubble took that opportunity to capture a brand new up-close look at the Red Planet. And in the process, it captured some intriguing changes. Read More >>

Curiosity’s Next Mission Will Focus on Life on Mars

The Curiosity rover was sent up to Mars with the important job of hunting for microbes on the red planet’s surface. Now, that job is done, and Curiosity is getting a new mission—and that mission is all about the past, and future, of life on Mars. Read More >>

Space Igloos, Lava Tubes and Hobbit Holes: Here are Our Future Martian Habitats

The discovery of liquid water on Mars is great news for would-be settlers, but we’ll need more than H2O if we actually want to live there. The only cost-effective way for humans to colonise the Red Planet is for us to start building infrastructure out of local materials. I’m talking rovers made of Martian metals and greenhouses built on Martian cement. A series of fascinating new designs are helping NASA imagine what that locally sourced space colony could look like. Read More >>

What Sorts of Life Forms Could Actually Live on Mars?

NASA this week reignited our hopes of finding alien life when it announced the first direct evidence of liquid water on Mars. But before we start indulging in fantasies of space crabs and reptilian beings, we ought to remember that Mars is a frigid world with a thin atmosphere. And that raises an obvious question: what sorts of life forms could actually live there? Read More >>

NASA Says There’s Strong Evidence of Liquid Water on Mars

After a weekend of rampant speculation, NASA has confirmed our suspicions: There’s probably liquid water on Mars, today. The landmark finding makes the notion of life on the Red Planet all the more plausible. Read More >>