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  • NASA: Sun stripping away Martian atmosphere, left dry planet

    November 5, 2015 3:31 PM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Mars-orbiting Maven spacecraft has discovered that the sun robbed the red planet of its once-thick atmosphere and water. On Thursday, scientists reported that even today, the solar wind is stripping away about 100 grams of atmospheric gas every second. That's about a quarter-pound a... more »
  • Strong evidence Mars has streams of salt water in summertime

    September 28, 2015 11:15 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL- Scientists are reporting that Mars appears to have not only frozen water but flowing streams of salty water, at least in the summertime. They say their latest observations "strongly support" the longtime theory that salt water flows down certain Martian slopes each summer. These dark, narrow streaks tend... more »
  • 1 from Louisiana on list of 100 who could go to Mars

    February 16, 2015 11:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU student was cut from a list of 100 who are competing at a chance to get a one-way ticket to Mars. Randy Paylor, a hydrogeologist and PhD Candidate at LSU was one of 705 people who made an initial cut from 200,000 candidates who... more »
  • Opportunity rover takes in view from top of Martian hill

    January 7, 2015 6:37 PM

    PASADENA, CA - NASA's Opportunity rover is soaking in the view from its perch atop a Martian hill as engineers continue to fix a problem with its computer memory. The aging rover beamed new images to Earth on Wednesday, confirming it reached the hill informally called Cape Tribulation. Opportunity landed... more »
  • LSU researchers battling for mission to Mars

    December 25, 2014 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A team of LSU researchers are competing against nine other universities worldwide to send its instrument to Mars. The group of students hope to land an open spot on Mars One, a mission organized by a Dutch company scheduled to take off in 2018. "If... more »
  • NASA's Orion lands with 'bullseye' splashdown

    December 5, 2014 10:47 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, FL - NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bullseye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. The unmanned test flight ended 4½... more »
  • Impending chocolate crisis

    November 17, 2014 7:38 PM

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND- Two leading chocolate makers sounded the alarm about the world heading toward a chocolate shortage. People are eating more cocoa than farmers can produce and demand could outstrip supply in six years. Mars, Incorporated and Swiss-based Bary Callebaut made the prediction. Around 70 percent of the... more »
  • LSU student planning mission to Mars check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 21, 2014 10:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An LSU student is preparing for mankind's next giant leap: a 2024 mission to Mars. Mars One , a privately funded mission, hopes to establish permanent human settlement on Mars. Teams of four will depart every two years, designed to expand the human colony. Randy... more »
  • NASA to conduct Mars 'flying saucer' test on Earth

    June 11, 2014 2:41 AM

    LOS ANGELES, CA - NASA is getting ready to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test technology that could be used to land on Mars. For decades, NASA has depended on the same parachute design to slow spacecraft after they enter the Martian atmosphere. But it needs a... more »
  • Baton Rouge teen has hopes of going to Mars

    May 18, 2014 3:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A teenager in Baton Rouge is on a mission to go to Mars. Alyssa Carson is 13 and goes to the Baton Rouge International School. She enjoys playing music and sports just like your average teenager. But her biggest passion is outer space. Since she's... more »
  • 7th grader's mission to Mars check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 8, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A seventh grader in Baton Rouge has her mind on a mission that's out of this world. Alyssa Carson is an astronaut in training at just 12 years old. She just came home from a meeting with NASA in Washington, where she served on a panel... more »
  • Mars food mission

    August 13, 2013 7:58 PM

    HONOLULU- Researchers who've spent nearly four months simulating what its like to live on Mars are about to emerge from their Martian base on a barren lava field in Hawaii. They were studying what foods astronauts might eat during a mission to the red planet. They were even required to... more »
  • Mars trip threat

    May 30, 2013 7:35 PM

    LOS ANGELES- Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with a lot of radiation according to new research. NASA is aiming to send a crew to orbit the red planet by the mid 2030s and private companies are seeking volunteers for a Mars flight. Using the radiation sensor... more »
  • Baseball-size Martian rock recovered in Sahara

    January 3, 2013 1:27 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Scientists say a 2-billion-year-old rock from Mars that landed on Earth is quite different from other Martian meteorites. They say it is older than most and contains more water. It's also similar to volcanic rocks examined by the NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity on the Martian surface.... more »
  • NASA scientists eyeing regional dust storm on Mars

    November 21, 2012 5:39 PM

    PASADENA, Calif. - NASA is tracking a regional dust storm on Mars, but says it has not affected the operations of its two rovers on the surface. The space agency said Wednesday the storm raging in the Martian southern hemisphere was spotted earlier this month by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter... more »
  • NASA Curiosity rover takes a bite of Martian soil

    October 30, 2012 4:21 PM

    PASADENA, Calif. - Scientists say the Martian soil at the rover Curiosity's landing site contains minerals similar to what's found on Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano. The finding released Tuesday is the latest step in trying to better understand whether the environment could have been hospitable to microbial life. Curiosity recently... more »
  • Visible from space: Curiosity tire tracks on Mars

    September 6, 2012 2:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - NASA's robotic rover Curiosity is making its mark on Mars. Its tracks are big enough to be seen from space. In just one month, it's driven 368 feet on the red planet, slightly more than the length of a football field. Curiosity's slightly zig-zaggy tire tracks were photographed... more »
  • Mars rover Curiosity prepares for test drive

    August 21, 2012 2:22 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Scientists are preparing to send the NASA rover Curiosity on its first test drive on Mars and they say a broken wind sensor won't jeopardize its mission. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California turned four of the rover's six wheels this week to test the... more »
  • Like NASA rover, family switches over to Mars time

    August 20, 2012 12:31 PM

    LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. - One California family of five is learning what it's like to live on "Mars time" this summer. NASA flight engineer David Oh had to switch to Martian time after the rover Curiosity landed on Mars earlier this month. His wife and three children decided to... more »

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