Mars

Exploring the red planet
Mars taken on 24 February 2007
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Exploring the red planet

A new wave of missions aim to unlock the secrets of Mars
19 Mar 2021
Why has Nasa launched a mission to Mars?
The Perseverance rover starts its journey to Mars
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Why has Nasa launched a mission to Mars?

The Perseverance rover is looking for evidence of life on the red planet
31 Jul 2020
SpaceX Starship: manned mission on course for 2020 launch
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SpaceX Starship: manned mission on course for 2020 launch

Elon Musk announces bold testing schedule as huge stainless steel rocket is unveiled
30 Sep 2019
Nasa successfully trials helicopter that will fly on Mars
Nasa helicopter
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Nasa successfully trials helicopter that will fly on Mars

Space agency is expected to send the vehicle to the red planet next July
29 Mar 2019
Nasa issues warning about herpes in space
Moon, space, astronaut
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Nasa issues warning about herpes in space

Dormant viruses have been awoken in more than half of the astronauts who have embarked on space missions
19 Mar 2019
Nasa set to declare Mars rover ‘dead’
Mars rover Opportunity set to be declared officially dead
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Nasa set to declare Mars rover ‘dead’

Opportunity rover has not been heard from in eight months following massive dust storm
13 Feb 2019
How life on Earth began
Earth
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How life on Earth began

New discovery sheds light on beginnings of our planet - and could help in search for aliens
24 Jan 2019

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Nasa InSight probe lands safely on Mars
Nasa has successfully landed its new InSight probe on Mars
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Nasa InSight probe lands safely on Mars

New probe set to study the deep interior of the Red Planet
27 Nov 2018
Liquid water ‘lake’ found on Mars
The lake is trapped under the planet’s southern polar cap
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Liquid water ‘lake’ found on Mars

Researchers say it is the first evidence of a persistent body of water on the red planet
26 Jul 2018
Why Nasa has lost contact with its Opportunity Mars rover
Mars
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Why Nasa has lost contact with its Opportunity Mars rover

‘Unprecedented’ dust storm has engulfed the red planet for past two weeks
14 Jun 2018
Nasa defends decision to send people to moon before Mars
Moon
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Nasa defends decision to send people to moon before Mars

Space agency’s new boss says the two missions are far from incompatible
10 May 2018
InSight: Mars rover hunts for answers on Earth’s formation
Nasa InSight
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InSight: Mars rover hunts for answers on Earth’s formation

The spacecraft will lift off tomorrow on a six-month journey to the red planet
4 May 2018
Nasa trials nuclear reactor to power settlement on Mars
Nasa nuclear reactor
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Nasa trials nuclear reactor to power settlement on Mars

Compact system designed to sustain long-term human colonisation
19 Jan 2018
‘Jaffa quake’ causes outrage as McVitie’s cuts pack size
Jaffa Cake
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‘Jaffa quake’ causes outrage as McVitie’s cuts pack size

Fans call decision to slash the number of cakes in a packet from 12 to 10 as ‘sacrilege’
26 Sep 2017
Winston Churchill's views on aliens revealed in lost essay
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Winston Churchill's views on aliens revealed in lost essay

World War II prime minister predicted space travel and was open to the idea that extra-terrestrials existed
16 Feb 2017
ExoMars mission: Schiaparelli feared lost on Mars
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ExoMars mission: Schiaparelli feared lost on Mars

European Space Agency waits for news from space probe after losing contact minutes before it was due to land
20 Oct 2016
Obama calls for manned mission to Mars by 2030s
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Obama calls for manned mission to Mars by 2030s

US President to meet scientists, engineers and students this week to 'dream up ways to find the next frontiers'
12 Oct 2016
How bacteria from tea could help colonise Mars
Kombucha tea
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How bacteria from tea could help colonise Mars

Scientists say they can make 'wonder material' that could create livable conditions in space
31 May 2016
Lift off for Europe and Russia's joint mission to Mars
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Lift off for Europe and Russia's joint mission to Mars

Satellite's search for methane gas will show whether life existed on the red planet
14 Mar 2016
Nasa discovery boosts hopes of life on Mars
Water on Mars
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Nasa discovery boosts hopes of life on Mars

US space agency to send astronauts 'in near future' after evidence of flowing water found on red planet
29 Sep 2015
Double moon 27 August: hoax returns to fool Facebook again
Full moon over Albert Bridge
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Double moon 27 August: hoax returns to fool Facebook again

A rumour is doing the rounds that there will be a 'spectacular double moon' in the sky in late August but astronomers say it's all nonsense
24 Jul 2015
MARS: 'Jam doughnut' rock baffles Nasa
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MARS: 'Jam doughnut' rock baffles Nasa

'We were absolutely startled,' admit scientists as Opportunity Rover captures image of new rock
20 Jan 2014