Mars (NASA)

NASA rover discovers possible precursor to life on Mars

NASA's Curiosity found the element boron on Mars — an element that offers tantalizing clues about whether ancient Mars once harbored life.
Person in space suit walking outdoors (University of Hawai'i)

Scientists just spent a year ‘on Mars.’ What did they learn?

Six international scientists who spent a year in near isolation to simulate life on Mars came out of their dome in Hawaii on August 28.
Two people in space station (NASA via AP Images)

Will this device identify life on Mars?

U.S. astronaut Kate Rubins will be testing a new device that analyzes genetic material by sequencing DNA to see if it can be used in space.
Spacecraft booster undergoing fiery test (NASA)

Fired up for Mars: World’s most powerful booster passes final test

Before upcoming U.S. space excursions to the moon and beyond, the rocket booster for the missions underwent a test that turned sand to glass.
Robot (© AP Images)

Students start tinkering with NASA’s latest Mars robots

A 6-foot, 300-pound humanoid robot named Val may make some of the first footprints on Mars, with a little help from university students.
Planet Mars (NASA)

Space potatoes could feed first explorers on Mars

NASA scientists are looking to make spuds on Mars a reality as they work on developing a mission to that planet and back in the 2030s.
Twins in NASA flightsuits facing each other (NASA)

Meet the twin astronauts taking us closer to Mars

NASA scientists observe the differences in people who are genetically the same when one is in space and the other on Earth.

You can build a Mars rover, with this woman’s help

Ayah Bdeir's littleBits circuit board kits enable anyone to become an electronics inventor.
Alyssa Carson in astronaut suit, with helmet in hand (Facebook)

Will she be the first person on Mars?

“I am the Mars Generation,”  wrote 13-year-old Alyssa Carson on Facebook in January. She wants to be the first person to set foot on the...