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Surfing ice theory on Mars gullies

The long grooves in sand dunes of Mars - first spotted more than 10 years ago - might be a result of blocks of dry ice surfing down the slopes during the Martian spring, according to scientists.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 3:48am

Radiation on Mars trip near lifetime limit

Astronauts who travel on future missions to Mars would likely be exposed to their lifetime limit of radiation during the trip, not to mention time spent on the Red Planet, scientists said.

2 Jun 2013 - 2:44am

Thousands of Chinese sign up for one-way ticket to Mars

Ma Qiang is angry that mainland media have dubbed his Mars dream a hoax. The 39-year old former policeman from Dujiangyan, Sichuan, signed up for the Mars One project in the Netherlands last month, becoming one of the first volunteers to be screened for a journey of no return scheduled in a decade.

22 May 2013 - 1:03pm 4 comments

Hong Kong dentist helps Europe's search for life on Mars again

New tools Dr Ng Tze-chuen has designed have been accepted and more are being considered for the ExoMars rover mission scheduled for 2018, a joint project of the European Space Agency and Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:21am

Mars rover ready to analyse rock powder

Nasa’s Mars rover Curiosity, dispatched to learn if the planet ever had ingredients for life, drilled its first bit of powder from inside a potentially water-formed ancient rock, scientists said on Wednesday.

21 Feb 2013 - 2:19pm

Curiosity Mars rover collects historic first bedrock sample

Using a drill at the end of its robotic arm, Curiosity bore a hole 6.4cm deep into the rock, generating powder for evaluation, Nasa said in a statement.

10 Feb 2013 - 11:27am

Short Science, January 13, 2013

A state-of-the-art computer-assisted autopsy system that is increasingly being used in European hospitals may eventually mean there is no such thing as a "perfect murder". The "virtopsy" is now being used at selected forensic medical institutes in Europe, after University of Zurich scientists pioneered the method.

13 Jan 2013 - 6:03am

Recruits sought for a one-way voyage to Mars

In 1990's Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger had a simple directive to himself: "Get your ass to Mars." Now a Dutch company is promising to help real-world adventurers do just that.

11 Jan 2013 - 6:40am

Meteorite may hold clues to why Mars turned cold and dry

A fist-sized meteorite nicknamed "Black Beauty" could unlock vital clues to the evolution of Mars from the warm and wet place it once was to its current cold and dry state, the US space agency Nasa said.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:06am

New Nasa rover may bring Martian soil back to earth

Nasa officials have announced plans to build a new rover that would join Curiosity and Opportunity on the red planet's surface in 2020, potentially to collect soil or rock samples that could later be sent back to Earth.

6 Dec 2012 - 5:00am