Latest Mars News

Dusty demise for NASA Mars lander in July; power dwindling

May. 17, 2022 22:34 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft on Mars is headed for a dusty demise. The Insight lander is losing power because of all the dust on its solar panels. NASA said Tuesday it will keep using the spacecraft’s seismometer to register marsquakes until the power peters...

NASA research center opens 1st new lab in nearly 30 years

Apr. 30, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Even before they cut the ribbon, a tripod-mounted prototype sensor was tracking the sun on the roof of NASA-Langley Research Center’s just-opened Measurement Systems Lab. Langley’s first new lab in nearly three decades officially opened April 21. But Charles...

China sending up next space station crew in June

Apr. 17, 2022 06:53 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will launch three more astronauts to its newest space station in June after the latest crew returned this weekend following a six-month stay in orbit, an official said Sunday. The crew of the Shenzhou 14 capsule will spend six months on the Tiangong to add two...

Chinese astronauts land after 6 months on space station

Apr. 16, 2022 06:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Three Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Saturday after six months aboard their country's newest orbital station in the longest crewed mission to date for China's ambitious space program. The Shenzhou 13 space capsule landed in the Gobi desert in the northern...

Dress rehearsal: NASA moon rocket's last test before launch

Apr. 01, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA kicked off a critical countdown test Friday for its new moon rocket, a 30-story behemoth that could make its first lunar test flight by summer. The two-day demonstration — the final major milestone before liftoff to the moon — will culminate...

US astronaut ends record spaceflight with Russian ride home

Mar. 30, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

A NASA astronaut caught a Russian ride back to Earth on Wednesday after a U.S. record 355 days at the International Space Station, returning with two cosmonauts to a world torn apart by war. Mark Vande Hei landed in a Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan alongside the Russian Space Agency’s...

Without Russia, science going solo on world's woes, dreams

Mar. 27, 2022 04:07 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Without Russian help, climate scientists worry how they'll keep up their important work of documenting warming in the Arctic. Europe's space agency is wrestling with how its planned Mars rover might survive freezing nights on the Red Planet without its Russian heating...

No European Mars mission this year, due to war in Ukraine

Mar. 17, 2022 16:28 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Europe is going to have to wait at least several more years and may need NASA's help before its first planned Mars rover can drill into the planet's dusty surface, seeking signs of whether it ever hosted life. The European Space...

Europe's joint Mars mission with Russia postponed by war

Feb. 28, 2022 17:57 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The launch of a joint Europe-Russia mission to Mars this year is now “very unlikely” due to sanctions linked to the war in Ukraine, the European Space Agency said Monday. The agency said after a meeting of officials from its 22 member states that it was assessing...