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The Mars Rovers' Long and Fruitful Journeys

There aren't a lot of machines that operate 20 times longer than they were supposed to. There aren't a lot of scientists doing 20 times more research than they...

Mars: Pop. 6

Never mind the image of Mars as a dead and desolate world. The Red Planet has lately become one of the busiest little places in the solar system. The past decade...

Probe Breaks the Ice on Mars, Literally

There are moments in space exploration when fact and fantasy intertwine. The Mars Phoenix Lander, the latest of NASA's robotic fleet, demonstrated that after...

The Mars Lander's To-Do List

You're not very likely to find a penguin on Mars — or a seal or a puffin or a polar bear either. But that doesn't mean there aren't interesting things going on...

An Asteroid Hurtles Toward Mars

Astronomers have good news, better news and some bad news about an asteroid known as 2007 WD5. The good news is that this 164-ft.-wide chunk of speeding space...

Mapping Mars

So many probes have been taking pictures of the Red Planet lately that it's easy to be jaded--but that wasn't the case last week, when not one but two missions...

Mars Orbiter: Seeking New Signs of Life

It's hard to get nonchalant about missions to Mars, but Americans may be doing just that. With those gritty rovers Spirit and Opportunity still making fresh...

Science: Humans to Mars? Why Not?

Its tallest volcano is three times as high as Mount Everest, and its great rift valley plunges to over four times the depth of the Grand Canyon. Global dust...

Amazing Mars

When two rovers landed on opposite sides of Mars a little over a year ago, they carried a 90-day warranty: that was all the working lifetime the designers of...

The Blueberries of Mars

Giovanni Schiaparelli could have told you there had been water on Mars. It was Schiaparelli who peered through his telescope one evening in 1877 and discovered...

Mars Attracts

ROSWELL: As every UFO enthusiast knows, an alien spacecraft putatively crashed in the desert near this New Mexico town in 1947 — and the U.S. military tried to...

Space: The Road To Mars: Why Go Back to the Moon?

Using the moon as a launching pad for Mars, as President Bush suggested last week, may not be the most sensible route to the Red Planet. But that doesn't mean a...

Why We Shouldn't Go to Mars

Two centuries ago, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis to explore the new lands acquired in the Louisiana Purchase," George W. Bush said,...

Space: Mission to Mars

There's nothing terribly remarkable about Building 29 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston until you consider that that's where they will be storing Mars--or...

Space: Return to Mars

It's a safe bet the herd of deer that wandered onto the grounds of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (J.P.L.) in Pasadena, Calif., last week had no idea what was...

Getting to Know Mars

[I {While the Spirit rover combs the surface of Mars looking for clues of past life, we're poring over the sharpest photos ever seen of the Red Planet. NASA's...

Close Encounter With Mars

Night after night, the red beacon shining in the southern sky has been growing brighter. Residents of even light-polluted metropolises, whose experience with...

Closing In on Mars

The launchpads have long since cooled following the lift-off of NASA's two Mars rovers in June and July. But the spacecraft have been pressing ahead. During a...