Wiggly ‘Mini Rover’ can handle otherworldly sand traps

A new kind of "mini rover" moves in could go places that other wheeled rovers couldn't, such as up a sandy hill.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: space planets robots mars movement featured science-and-technology

Jezero crater on Mars may harbor signs of life

River delta deposits in Mars' Jezero crater formed on and off for 400,000 years—long enough to record evidence of ancient life, new research shows.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: water mars alien-life science-and-technology craters

Fleets of ‘nanocardboard’ aircraft could explore Mars

Tiny nanocardboard probes that weigh less than a fruit fly could levitate through the Martian skies to gather data.

Evan Lerner-Pennsylvania • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space aircraft planets nanotechnology mars science-and-technology

‘Black Beauty’ meteorite spotlights watery past on Mars

New research digs into the red planet's past to figure out where water on Mars actually came from.

U. Arizona • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space planets water mars meteorites science-and-technology

‘Marsquakes’ rock the red planet almost every day

NASA's Insight mission to Mars is giving researchers a closer look at the planet and its "marsquakes," researchers say.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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At Jezero crater, Mars mineral may preserve signs of ancient life

Jezero crater, the landing site for NASA's Mars 2020 rover, appears to harbor a mineral that could preserve signs of ancient life, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space planets water mars minerals science-and-technology

Mars used to have salty lakes

Mars once had salt lakes, similar to some on Earth. Scientists now have an idea as to what happened to them.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space planets water mars science-and-technology lakes salt

Submarine canyons aren’t the same as those on land

Submarine canyons, deep trenches under the sea, are different from those on land, researchers say. They may give us insight into the geology of Mars, too.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 10, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: mars oceans science-and-technology topography

How human waste will help feed Mars astronauts

A long-term trip to Mars will require new ways to make food and water. In this podcast episode, an expert explains the trip and why human waste will be key.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Aug. 19, 2019 ~1 min

Tags: space food water mars astronauts science-and-technology

What do quakes on Mars feel like?

Data from NASA's Insight mission let researchers experience what a "marsquake" might feel like, and compare to quakes on Earth and the moon.

ETH Zurich • futurity
July 30, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: space planets mars earthquakes featured science-and-technology moons

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