Relativity Space, which could launch its first rocket soon, and Impulse Space, founded by a SpaceX veteran, optimistically say that together they can reach the red planet a few years from now.
What space fantasies can tell us about terrestrial trade.
The debris was part of the equipment that helped the Perseverance mission safely land on the red planet in 2021.
We don’t know what space can tell us about the origins of the universe and life on Earth. But that, above all, is the reason for going.
The past 12 months on Mars have been both “exciting” and “exhausting” for scientists and engineers minding Perseverance and Ingenuity. And the mission is only really getting started.
A preponderance of boulder tracks on the red planet may be evidence of recent seismic activity.
Jim Green has shaped much of the space agency’s scientific inquiry for decades.
Scientists on this planet have worked out a variety of techniques to simulate the conditions of other worlds that are near and very far.
One thing’s for sure: Escaping the dung heap doesn’t come cheap.
The rock, sealed in a tube, is the first of many the robotic explorer will collect to one day send back to Earth for scientists to study.
After an earlier drilling attempt mysteriously failed, the robotic mission collected the first tube of samples that may one day help scientists understand the red planet.
NASA’s InSight mission revealed Mars’s inner workings down to its core, highlighting great differences of the red planet from our blue world.
The two countries have pledged to cooperate on expeditions to the moon and to an asteroid, setting the stage for a new space race with the United States and its partners.
China deployed a land rover on the surface of Mars on Saturday. The mission is one of many on its schedule as it challenges U.S. dominance of space exploration.
The country’s space agency said that the craft’s components, and those of the rover it would soon release, had “deployed in place normally.”
The announcement from state media suggests the country is now only the second country to put a working spacecraft on the Martian surface.
China’s Tianwen-1 mission, orbiting the red planet since February, is expected to attempt a difficult landing of the Zhurong rover soon.
Ingenuity has flown almost flawlessly through the red planet’s thin air and will now assist the science mission of the Perseverance rover.
Ahead of a successful fourth flight, the agency announced that Ingenuity would continue to fly beyond its original monthlong mission.
Ingenuity made a 328-foot round-trip journey, helping to demonstrate the capability of the vehicle’s navigation system.
The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity flew higher and longer in its second flight on Mars.
The experimental Ingenuity vehicle is expected to complete a short but historic up-and-down flight on Monday morning.
Diana Trujillo, a NASA flight director, discusses the future of space travel and the search for signs of life on the red planet.
The experimental vehicle named Ingenuity traveled to the red planet with the Perseverance rover, which is also preparing for its main science mission.
Mars once had rivers, lakes and seas. Although the planet is now desert dry, scientists say most of the water is still there, just locked up in rocks.
Two earlier high-altitude flights of the Starship spacecraft crashed spectacularly after successful liftoffs.
A dune buggy is about to set off on behalf of its human owners to fulfill a primordial yearning.
We the people need to take more control of how we move into the brave new worlds beyond our planet.
Engineers hinted they had hidden a code in the parachute that landed the Perseverance rover. Within hours, puzzle enthusiasts cracked it.
We used to dream big. Now we’re increasingly thinking short term.
Since arriving safely on Thursday, the spacecraft has been steadily transmitting visual files and other data back to Earth.
Scientists working on the mission are eagerly scrutinizing the first images sent back to Earth by the robotic explorer.
Perseverance’s arrival extends the successful U.S. landing record on the planet, and brings sophisticated tools to the hunt for alien life.
The Perseverance rover will attempt to touch down in one piece on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.
Parts of the new visitor will make large impacts that could be picked up by the InSight spacecraft’s seismometer.
Our early days on Earth have almost entirely disappeared, but on Mars, the past is entombed.
The Tianwen-1 mission is scheduled to be the second of three new visitors to Mars this month.
The Hope spacecraft will fire its engines on Tuesday, aiming to be grappled by the planet’s gravity and begin its atmospheric science studies.
Here’s a preview of what to expect in space and astronomy in the year to come.
The company described the test of the next-generation spacecraft as “awesome” even though it ended in a fiery blast.
Not thought to be volcanically active, Mars may have experienced an eruption just 53,000 years ago.
An experiment aboard the space station showed that bacteria were effective at extracting rare earth elements from rocks.
“The Uranus jokes never end,” an astronomer said.
There’s something uniquely compelling about our need to learn what we can about the universe.
Two veteran space journalists discuss why so much attention and budget seems to be directed to the red planet.
The United States has an unparalleled record of success on the red planet’s surface, but NASA’s engineers aren’t resting on their laurels.
The third and final mission to the red planet of the month will lift off on Thursday.
Jezero crater, the destination of the Perseverance rover, is a promising place to look for evidence of extinct Martian life.
NASA and the European Space Agency plan to toss rocks from one spacecraft to another before the samples finally land on Earth in 2031.
In a new book, planetary scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson recalls how the Red Planet drew her to become a scientist.