Curiosity rover captures first clear view of Martian sun rays

NASA’s Curiosity rover has been exploring the Red Planet for more than 10 years and still carries on with its mission. In fact, it has been watching Martian clouds at dusk to expand on its earlier study of night-shining (also known as noctilucent) clouds. So, on February 2nd, Curiosity recorded a remarkable sight, the first […]

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How long does it take to travel to Mars?

The probes NASA and other space agencies have at their disposal at the moment need around seven months of traveling before they reach Mars. Humans would most likely take a longer journey—possibly a few years’ worth of time. This is because robots lack many essentials that a human crew needs to survive, including food, water, […]


Lizard-like robots could replace Mars rovers

Exploring Mars is a challenging task. Getting there is a difficult task itself, but traveling on the surface of the Red Planet is tricky as well because of the many craters and boulders. So what if we sent lizard-like robots instead of rovers? Researchers from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) created such a […]


NASA finds precious gemstones on Mars

The surface of Mars is thought to contain a stockpile of gemstones, according to scientists. The Red Planet’s Gale Crater is teeming with opals, according to a study by a group of researchers from Arizona State University and NASA that was published back in December in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. While jewelry from […]


NASA & DARPA will build a nuclear rocket for crewed missions to Mars

By 2027, NASA hopes to have created and tested a functional nuclear thermal rocket. The Administrator Bill Nelson said that the agency will partner with the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in order to “develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear thermal propulsion, a revolutionary technology that will allow the United States to expand the possibilities […]