Just last month, the comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) whipped by Mars within 88,000 miles of the planet. And while that may not sound too close, debris from the comet still had a shocking effect on the Red Planet's thin atmosphere.
It seems we finally have proof that anything guys can do, girls can do better. One NASA guinea pig who spent four months in a simulation that attempted to replicate life on the Red Planet says women are better suited for a mission to Mars.
NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft arrived at Mars and entered its orbit roughly three weeks ago, and it has now provided scientists their first look at the Red Planet's upper atmosphere.
NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip that will travel to destinations beyond the low-Earth orbit, including Mars, aboard the Orion spacecraft's first flight.
It's CME week for NASA, and that means the space agency will be pumping out a lot of amazing imagery for the public. That includes a stunning video that shows what Mars may have looked like as it transformed from a watery vista to the desolate and cold planet we see today. One theory even suggests that intense CMEs helped cause this drastic change - a theory that may not be wrong.
Other space faring nations may want to take a page out of the Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) playbook. The Indian spacecraft Mangalyaan successfully inserted itself into orbit Wednesday morning. Stunningly, the nation did this at a tenth of the cost of a NASA or European mission, causing some to question just how they did it.
Just last week, Elon Musk revealed that one of his main goals for Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is to eventually build a city on Mars, ushering in an age when humanity is a multi-planet dwelling species.
A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old was recently discovered, and is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, according to scientists.
In less than two weeks, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will complete its 10 month trek through space and enter into orbit around the Red Planet.
This September will be a skywatcher's delight as the third supermoon of this year, along with Mars, Saturn, and some of the evening's brightest stars, will be visible in the sky throughout the month.
NASA recently released a photo from their High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that looks remarkably like a giant strolling across the surface of Mars, complete with massive staggered footprints and an upright silhouette.
NASA has revealed details about the highly anticipated 2020 Mars rover - a rover that may be the last automated space agency craft to explore the Red Planet before humans do... hopefully.
Ancient soil in a crater dating back some 3.7 billion years suggests that Mars was once much warmer and wetter, and possibly harbored microbial life, according to a new study.
The gullies that crisscross the surface of Mars were not carved out by running water, but dry ice, in fact, according to new research.