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Solar Wind Strips Martian Atmosphere – NASA Goddard

In 2014, NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission) spacecraft measured the speed and direction of ions escaping from Mars. The data collected as it orbited the Red Planet is visualized in this NASA...

How do plants grow in space? – Science Friday

Microgravity, different kinds of light, extreme conditions... Growing while in orbit or on Mars are two experiences that earthbound organisms have never needed to adapt to in our evolutionary history. How do our bodie...

The One Year Mission in Space – Kelly & Kornienko arrive on ISS

On March 27, 2015, American astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko took off for the International Space Station in the Soyuz spacecraft for a historic One Year Mission, twice the length of an av...

Mars Loops the Loop – What is retrograde motion?

What is retrograde motion and why does a planet like Mars appear to change directions in the night sky? Is it playfully looping about in its orbit around the sun or is something less strange going on? From episode 2 o...

NASA’s Rover of the Future

Omni-drive and suit ports will be just two of the NASA rover features available to future astronauts as they explore Mars or near-Earth asteroids. This Rover of the Future is an ever-evolving Space Exploration Vehicle...

Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station

If you’ve ever pretended to be on the Red Planet, you’re not alone. This is Crew 138 of the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a team of scientists who are re...

What did Mars look like 4 billion years ago?

The team at NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab has an idea of what Mars looked like 4 billion years ago based on the existing evidence: Billions of years ago when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a t...

 A topographic model of Mars by the ESA’s Mars Express mission

We can now “fly over” topographically accurate landscapes of Mars thanks to Mars Express, the European Space Agency (ESA) mission to explore the red planet. Launched in June 2003...

Celebrating Crystallography – An adventure in structural analysis

One of the great innovations of the twentieth century is likely not well-known, but this video from the Ri Channel is looking to change that: This is X-ray crystallography.  Discovered in 1913 by William and Lawren...

Wheeko – A snake robot that could explore Mars

Something every Mars Rover might need in the future: Snake robots that wiggle and roll to propel themselves around on passive wheels, gathering visual information with a camera along the way. This snake-bot is called ...

The Top 5 Places to Look for Alien Life

Where might we find life in our solar system? Via skeptv, Scientific American Space Lab has a countdown for that: Top 5 Places to Look for Alien Life. Bonus — the video comes with additional reading material:  ...

The Solar System — our home in space

Take a trip through The Solar System — our home in space in this Kurzgesagt animation by information designer Philipp Dettmer.

Terradynamic Biolegged Robot For Mars Exploration

Robots have to be able to move, perhaps quickly, on all kinds of terrain — search and rescue missions on remote parts of Earth or explorations on other planets like Mars will require i...

In search of water on Mars – Seasonal dark streaks on the Red Planet

Watch the spring thaw of seasonal dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) on Mars, brought to us by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Related update, September 2015: From The New York Times, "Researchers studying the surfac...

Complete MSL Curiosity Descent Interpolated HD

Want to see what it looked like for Curiosity as it hurtled toward the surface of Mars? After the heat shield separates, the car-sized rover, still protected by its back shell, continued to fal...

Curiosity has landed on Mars – NASA TV

Curiosity Has Landed, the 2m24s definitive edit from NASA Television:  Get a behind the scenes look a the tension, anticipation and exhilaration experienced by scientists and engineers at NA...

A recap of Curiosity’s phenomenal landing on Mars

SCIENCE! Watching Mars Curiosity land last night was *extremely* exciting, but it was just as exciting to share it with the kid this morning. We watched two videos: the one above focuses on ...

Phoning Home – NASA JPL and communicating from Mars

As of this post, Mars Curiosity is on her own, speeding quickly toward the planet’s surface and quickly toward its fate or future. From NPR:  Of 13 previous attempts to land space p...

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