Thrills and suspense are the last things you'd associate with a science book, but Peter Ward and Joe Kirschvink's A New History of Life delivers plenty of both.
Glass deposits discovered in impact craters on the surface of Mars may hold signs of ancient life, adding to the growing evidence that the Red Planet was once habitable.
Mars is known for its hostile, low-pressure environment, but despite that fact a new study shows that Earth organisms could indeed survive on the Red Planet.
Turns out that the first men and women to visit Mars might be in for a show. Experts from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and several respectable institutes have determined that full and colorful auroras occasionally streak across the Red Planet's skies - confirmation that visible versions of the phenomenon occur on terrestrial planets other than Earth.
For decades, people have dreamed of the possibility of life on Mars. And as technologies have advanced, astronomers have bolstered their efforts in searching for civilized superbeings, to no avail. Although we have yet to discover life on the Red Planet, scientists are now honing a new technique that may change the game.
Antarctica is often referred to as the White Continent, and aptly so. Covered in vast sheets of ice and pure packed snow, it is a dazzling wonderland that often get's no darker than a light and stony gray. That's why the infamous Blood Falls is so disturbing to see. Located at the tongue of the Taylor Glacier, a slushy waterfall flows a vivid crimson - not unlike the color of blood. Now, using state of the art technologies and their own intuition, researchers are using the Falls to find new life.
No, Mars is not home to the massive ocean it once held. These days, most of its water is locked up in glaciers and large ice caps. Now, however, researchers think they have found signs that there is still some liquid water in the planet's soil, after finding evidence for liquid brine with NASA's Curiosity rover.
For some time now, scientists have been trying to determine whether the Red Planet once held water suitable for life, and now new research adds to the growing evidence, finding that belts of glaciers on Mars boast enough water to flood the entire planet.
No, scientists won't be asking you to age Mars off the top of your head, but they will be asking for your help in work that could settle how exactly old the Red Planet's current surface is once and for all.
Ever wonder what Mars smells like? Researchers have long known that the average aroma of a planet can tell you a lot about its atmosphere. Now, experts are commanding the Mars curiosity rover to take a long sniff of the Red Planet's 'body odor' to learn more about its history.
Scientists have discovered signs of ancient water activity on Mars in a now- dried up lake system, adding to growing evidence that the Red Planet was once habitable for life, according to a new study.
The Energizer bunny has some serious competition when it comes to things that just won't quit. I'm talking about NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which successfully finished traveling the equivalent of an Olympic marathon, covering a stunning 26.219 miles (about 42 km) as of Tuesday.
The final preparations are underway to put a Russian and American astronaut into space for a full year - an important step as each country's respective space agencies prepare to move humanity's explorers into deeper space.
It seems that despite the fact that humanity has had orbiters in the sky and landers on the Martian surface since the 1970s, the Red Planet is still full of surprises. A new Mars orbiter sent by NASA has now noticed not one, but two unexpected phenomena in the planet's atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and an unusual aurora.
It's ok Curiosity, you can finally relax your arm. According to NASA, the Mars rover known as Curiosity has been holding still for several days for fear of sparking disaster after a short-circuit was detected in one of its drilling arms. Now, the agency is reporting that the rover can go back to business as usual as early as next week.