Curious Mars

Mars: December 2021

Decades of space exploration have shown that surface environments on Mars were habitable billions of years ago.

The ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has spotted significant amounts of water at the heart of Mars' dramatic canyon system, Valles Marineris.

A clay mineral known as smectite could hold a substantial portion of the water missing from Mars, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Engineers are developing the crucial hardware needed for a series of daring space missions that will be carried out in the coming decade.

Mars exploration motivates the search for extraterrestrial life, the development of space technologies, and the design of human missions and habitations.

As part of a team of collaborators from Northern Arizona University and Johns Hopkins University, NAU PhD candidate Ari Koeppel recently discovered that water was once present in a region of Mars called Arabia Terra.