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Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Methane 'belches' detected on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected methane on Mars - a gas that could hint at past or present life on the planet. The robot sees very low-level amounts constantly in the background, but it also has monitored a number of short-lived spikes that are 10 times higher. Methane on the Red Planet is intriguing because...

Mars rover finds stronger potential for life

Mars rover finds stronger potential for life

For lifeless chemical compounds to organise themselves into something alive, scientists generally agree, three sets of things must be present: Standing water and an energy source. Five basic elements: carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, phosphorus and nitrogen. And time, lots of time. In its search for environments where life might have started on Mars, the Curiosity rover has found...

Comet Siding Spring set to whizz close to Mars

Comet Siding Spring set to whizz close to Mars

Scientists should get a grandstand view of a comet on Sunday when it makes a dramatic flyby of Mars. The icy object, known as Siding Spring, will miss the Red Planet by what is - in astronomical terms - just a hair's breadth, or 139,500km (87,000 miles). Satellites round Mars and rovers on its surface...

Modi congratulates ISRO scientists over Mars mission success

Modi congratulates ISRO scientists over Mars mission success

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) over the success of Mars Orbiter Mission, reports the Indian daily The Times of India. "Aaj MOM ka Mangal se milan ho gaya, aur Mangal ko MOM mil gayi," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said congratulating scientists from the Isro for...

Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit

Mars Maven mission arrives in orbit

The US space agency's (Nasa) latest Mars satellite has arrived successfully in orbit above the planet. Hurtling through space for the past 10 months, the Maven craft slammed on the brakes by firing its thrusters. The 33-minute burn removed sufficient speed to allow the satellite to be captured by Mars' gravity. We made it to Mars...

'Alien thigh bone' on Mars? NASA says ‘highly unlikely’

'Alien thigh bone' on Mars? NASA says ‘highly unlikely’

Is this photo an alien or dinosaur thigh bone on Mars, as some conspiracy theorists have suggested? Highly unlikely, NASA scientists have concluded. The photo, taken by the Curiosity rover on August 14, had conspiracy theorists in a fit online over the past week because they believed it showed a bone-like object lying on...

Nasa rover to make oxygen on Mars

Nasa rover to make oxygen on Mars

Nasa's next Martian rover will attempt to make oxygen on the surface of the red planet when it lands there in 2021. The rover will carry seven scientific projects, aimed at paving the way for future manned missions, seeking evidence of life and storing samples to be brought back in the future. Among them is...

NASA to conduct Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

NASA to conduct Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

NASA is getting ready to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. For decades, NASA has depended on the same parachute design to slow spacecraft after they enter the Martian atmosphere. But it needs a larger and stronger parachute if it wants to...

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