Exactly a year from now, a capsule will come hurtling through the atmosphere of Mars with the Americans’ next big rover. If it survives the “seven minutes of terror” that describe its descent to the surface, the new robot promises a very different mission to all those that... Read more
Luca Parmitano: return to Earth
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano touched down in the Kazakh Steppe at 09:12 GMT , 6 February 2020 after his second six-month mission on the International Space Station. Luca returned to Earth in the Russian Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft alongside US astronaut Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. During his second mission, known as ‘Beyond’, Luca... Read more
Mystery at Mars’s Pole Explained
A new study from Caltech suggests that the theory, developed by physicist Robert B. Leighton and planetary scientist Bruce C. Murray, may indeed be correct. Carbon dioxide makes up more than 95 percent of Mars’s atmosphere, which has a surface pressure of only 0.6 percent that of Earth. Direct... Read more
NASA invites public to vote on name for Mars 2020 rover
A panel of volunteer judges, including educators, professionals and space enthusiasts around the United States, selected 155 semifinalists after evaluating more than 28,000 submissions in NASA’s «Name the Rover» essay contest open to U.S. students in kindergarten through 12th grade. NASA winnowed down the list to nine finalists and... Read more
Welcome Cyprus!

Welcome Cyprus!

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Martian water could disappear faster than expected
  An international research team,1 led partly by CNRS researcher Franck Montmessin, has just revealed that water vapour is accumulating in large quantities and unexpected proportions at an altitude of over 80 km in the Martian atmosphere.Measurements showed that large atmospheric pockets are even in a state of supersaturation,... Read more
NASA’s Treasure Map for Water Ice on Mars
NASA has big plans for returning astronauts to the Moon in 2024, a stepping stone on the path to sending humans to Mars. A new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters will help by providing a map of water ice believed to be as little as an inch below... Read more
Why rubber tyres don’t work on Mars (Pirelli courtesy)
This is an interesting article of Pirelli, the italian world leader of tyres production on using  rubber tyres on Mars: There are four rover vehicles on Mars but the problems of getting around on the red planet have yet to be fully solved. So how are space agencies getting to... Read more
Life on Mars? Europe commits to groundbreaking mission to bring back rocks to Earth
It will be one of the most daunting, complicated and, potentially, scientifically rewarding missions ever undertaken to the red planet. Ministers at a recent meeting of the European Space Agency have fully committed to plans to collect samples from the surface of Mars and return them to Earth, in... Read more
Spacewalkers Complete First Excursion to Repair Cosmic Particle Detector
  Expedition 61 Commander Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan concluded their spacewalk at 1:18 p.m. EST. During the six hour and 39 minute spacewalk, the two astronauts successfully positioned materials, removed a debris cover on the AMS, and installed handrails in... Read more