NASA doesn’t have the funds to get to Mars alone, Ted Cruz says

Enlarge / Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) speaks during a rally to launch his re-election campaign at the Redneck Country Club on April 2, 2018 in Stafford, Texas. (credit: Erich Schlegel/Getty Images) On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) spent the morning at Houston’s Johnson Space Center for a ceremony announcing the nine astronauts who will fly […]

SpaceX organizes inaugural conference to plan landings on Mars

Enlarge / Elon Musk speaks at the International Astronautical Congress on September 29, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. Behind him is a rendering of the Big Falcon Spaceship that could transport people to Mars. (credit: Mark Brake/Getty Images) No one can deny that SpaceX founder Elon Musk has thought a lot about how to transport humans […]

NASA accidentally burned evidence of life on Mars almost 50 years ago

During the 1970s, the Viking probe went to Mars and found no evidence of any organic matter. Yet NASA recently announced its Curiosity rover had discovered complex organic molecules on the surface of Mars. It now seems Viking may have made the same discovery more than 40 years ago — then accidentally burned it up. […]

The Morning After: Mars soil samples and a panini press for weed

It’s Monday morning, and we’ve had a space-centric weekend at Engadget. But while NASA is keeping busy, ESPN is axing its comment sections. Oh, and we test out a panini press for weed. The lasers will help them keep track of gravitational anomalies.NASA’s new climate-science satellites switch on their lasers NASA’s new climate-monitoring satellites are […]

Astronaut Chris Hadfield says we could have gone to Mars decades ago — here’s why we haven’t

TED Conference / Flickr Former astronaut Chris Hadfield has flown on three space missions and spent nearly half a year in orbit. People could have landed on Mars “decades ago” if we’d really wanted to, Hadfield said, but such missions may have been deadly due to the state of rocket and spaceship technologies. Even if […]