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Mars First Image from a CubeSat by NASA

Mars First Image from a CubeSat by NASA

NASA’s MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to deep space. Now, MarCO—which stands for Mars Cube One—has Mars in sight. One of the twin MarCO CubeSats snapped this image of Mars on Oct. 3—the first image of the Red Planet ever produced by this class

Scientists make artificial Martian dirt, will sell it to you for $20

Scientists make artificial Martian dirt, will sell it to you for $20

Scientists don’t expect to get their hands on Martian soil anytime soon, so they’re making their own. Created by University of Central Florida astrophysicists, this red soil, called Mars “simulant,” is designed to give researchers a useful approximation of the actual, far-off extraterrestrial soil. This might be especially relevant for testing the growth of crops,

NASA spots still-silent Opportunity Rover on Mars

NASA spots still-silent Opportunity Rover on Mars

We may not be able to hear anything from NASA’s Opportunity rover, but we can still see it. The space agency’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught sight of the rover from far above the red planet. Opportunity has been out of contact with Earth since June 10 when a global dust storm cut off its solar power. The rover is sitting

Elon Musk Gives an Update on When a Mars Colony Could be Built

Elon Musk is well-known for his ability to create a media sensation. Scarcely a week goes by that the founder of SpaceX and Tesla doesn’t have an announcement or update to make – often via his social media outlet of choice, twitter. And as a major figure in the NewSpace industry, anything he says is

How SpaceX’s huge ‘BFR’ Spaceship for Mars has changed

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SpaceX’s Mars-colonizing Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) spaceflight system just went through a growth spurt. The reusable rocket-spaceship duo will stand 387 feet (118 meters) tall at launch, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk said Monday (Sept. 17) during a webcast event at the company’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California. That’s 11 percent taller than the previous design iteration, which