, a simulated 520-day mission to Mars (previously
), will be completed today at 11:00 CET. Watch live
The European Space Agency's Mars Express Probe has sent back some beautiful new high-resolution images
of the Echus Chasma. More images and information can be found here
Russians are planning a trip to Mars,
but first they want to better understand the psychological and practical issues involved with long, isolated human travel. So the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems
will be locking volunteers into a small, closed system for ~500 days. The ESA is collaborating on the so-called Mars500 project
. There is a current call out for volunteers
which is open until the end of this month. [more inside]
finally photographs the "face on Mars"
Will these new pictures finally end the artifact
ESA scientists announced that a giant sea is hidden under the Martian surface.
With discoveries like this
and weird photos like this
, how long can it be before we find conclusive proof of extraterrestrial life?
Mars Express Image Browser
The European Space Agency's Mars Express site has been linked before
, but this neat little flash globe lets you rotate the planet yourself and select various viewpoints for more detailed pictures of the surface. Some of the pictures are stunning
, others just don't look real
Art goes to Mars.
This may be the very first art that our species sends into space, unless you count the little naked folks on the Voyager plaque, or broadcast television. In a somewhat bold move, they've chosen shock artist putter-of-sharks-in-formaldehyde Damien Hirst
. Is it me, or would the chosen painting be much dorkier if this were NASA rather than the European Space Agency? Like a duck or something.