According to Russian space officials, the Phobos-Grunt probe, originally to go to the Mars’ moon Phobos and launched on November 9, 2011, will instead come crashing down back to Earth sometime on Sunday, January 15, 2012.
Hey, you! Want to explore the surface of Mars?
No problem! All we need is a few billion dollars, a couple hundred of the world’s brightest minds, and for someone to get around to solving that pesky “massive levels of radiation” problem.
On second thought, that might take a while. Until then, Google Maps will have to do. Read More
I know there are some people here who are very interested in colonizing Mars (at least there used to be). Has anyone ever heard of Mars One, based in the Netherlands? They're actually working on sending the first 4 person manned colony to Mars in 2024, with more groups going every two years after that. Crazy stuff.
Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceThe Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) was already working as Curiosity descended toward the Martian surface. Watch the stop-motion video of this historic descent onto Mars.
Google Maps has the whole “traveling without actually being there” thing pretty much down.
But in outer space? They have that now, too.
Just head over to Google Maps and you’ll be able to rove both the Moon and Mars with brand new, 3D explorable maps.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up so the Earth's shadow falls on the moon, darkening it.
The one on April 15 will begin at 1:20 a.m. on the East Coast, according to Sky and Telescope magazine.
This eclipse also features an extra astronomical quirk. Mars will appear "as a fiery red 'star' next to the moon.