mars

  • Elon Musk plans ‘Red Dragon’ Mars mission for as early as 2018

    Elon Musk plans ‘Red Dragon’ Mars mission for as early as 2018

    Somewhere, Elon Musk is bored; you can tell because he starts tweeting like crazy about colonizing the solar system. “Planning to send Dragon to Mars as soon as 2018,” SpaceX tweeted this morning, apropos of nothing. More details followed, in typical Musk style. Read More

  • Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin lays out his hopes for colonizing Mars

    When I met with Buzz Aldrin to discuss his new book No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon, he described himself as possibly “among the luckiest guys.” After all, his mother was born in 1903, the same year the Wright brothers made their first flight, and Aldrin himself was born less than three decades later. Yet in the span of his own life… Read More

  • Whistle’s ‘Fitbit for dogs’ acquired by Mars Petcare

    Whistle’s ‘Fitbit for dogs’ acquired by Mars Petcare

    Whistle, the “Fitbit for dogs,” has found a home at Mars Petcare, TechCrunch has learned. The maker of Snickers and M&M’s also has a large pet division and has plans to integrate Whistle’s animal technology. “Whistle is excited to join the Mars Petcare family. This opportunity connects the industry’s global and technology leaders, enabling a new era of… Read More

  • 2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

    2020 is set to be the biggest year yet for Mars exploration

    2020 is set to be a good year for Mars exploration. The United States, China, the United Arab Emirates, Europe and Russia all have planned Mars missions that are scheduled to launch, or likely to launch, in that year. There have been more than 40 missions to Mars throughout history. Some of these missions were failures, while others completed their goals and are no longer operational. Today… Read More

  • European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

    European Space Agency’s ExoMars successfully starts its journey to the red planet

    The first phase of ExoMars, an uncrewed Mars mission from the European Space Agency (ESA), successfully launched today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Lifting off on a Russian Proton-M rocket, the Mars-bound spacecraft has begun its 7 month, 300 million mile long journey and is scheduled to arrive in October. Signal from #ExoMars @ESA_TGO confirmed! We have a mission to #Mars! Read More

  • NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

    NASA’s next Mars mission scheduled for May 2018

    NASA announced that it will send its next lander to Mars, known as the InSight Mars lander, in May of 2018. The mission was originally on schedule to launch later this month, but a technical issue found late last year put the InSight launch on hold. The new launch date comes as great news to the InSight team because there was a possibility that the technical issue would not be resolved in time… Read More

  • NASA Releases 360-Degree Video Of Martian Surface

    NASA Releases 360-Degree Video Of Martian Surface

    Today, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released a new 360-degree video, giving you a virtual tour of the Martian surface. The video was created by stitching together images taken by the Mars Curiosity Rover on December 18th, 2015. The scene takes place at Namib Dune with a view of Mount Sharp on the horizon. Curiosity’s Mast Camera took the images on the 1,197th sol (a Martian… Read More

  • This Roving Robot Makes Its Own Martian Landing Pad

    This Roving Robot Makes Its Own Martian Landing Pad

    Robots will soon be heading into space before us in order to feel things out, prepare living spaces, and set up booze delivery services. But first we have to land on the planet in question which is where PISCES Helelani shines. This rover is designed to land on a planet and prepare a surface for future rockets to alight. The rover, which includes a shovel and robotic arm, can clear a patch of… Read More

  • NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary

    NASA Rover Designed To Last 90 Days Celebrates 12 Year Anniversary

    This week NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover celebrated its 12 year anniversary on the red planet. What’s truly remarkable about this is the fact that the rover was only designed to operate for about 90 days. Due to helpful unforeseen surface conditions and few creative software changes, NASA has been able to keep Opportunity alive and operational to this day. After a… Read More