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Lift off for Nasa's Mars probe

Sat, 04 Aug 2007 09:34:21 GMT

Nasa launches a spacecraft on a nine-month trip to Mars, where it will search for signs of past or present life.

Request for Mars rover price

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 21:04:03 GMT

European industry receives the formal request to cost the design and construction of a robotic rover to send to the Red Planet in 2013.

Mars dust storms threaten rovers

Sat, 21 Jul 2007 12:22:36 GMT

Dust storms raging on Mars pose the worst threat yet to Nasa's robot rovers, the US space agency says.

Volunteers sought for Mars test

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 09:37:15 GMT

The European Space Agency will put six volunteers in an isolation tank for 17 months to simulate a Mars mission.

Design boost for European rover

Tue, 12 Jun 2007 18:42:02 GMT

The ExoMars project to land a European robot rover on the Red Planet moves forward with an enhanced design.

Days ahead crucial for Mars rover

Fri, 25 May 2007 21:21:54 GMT

Talks to resolve the design of Europe's rover mission to Mars are converging on a "best solution for science".

Mars-probe failure 'human error'

Fri, 13 Apr 2007 22:03:40 GMT

Nasa says human error was to blame for the failure of the $247m Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.

'Cave entrances' spotted on Mars

Sat, 17 Mar 2007 04:57:42 GMT

Scientists studying pictures from Nasa's Odyssey spacecraft spot what they think may be caves on Mars.

Polar water 'would blanket Mars'

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 19:20:04 GMT

Enough water is locked up at Mars' south pole to cover the Red Planet in a liquid layer 11m deep, say scientists.

Success for Mars rover bag test

Sun, 10 Jun 2007 19:15:51 GMT

Engineers test an airbag system that could be used to cushion a European rover's landing on Mars.

Space agencies will 'co-ordinate'

Thu, 31 May 2007 17:15:55 GMT

Fourteen space agencies have agreed to co-ordinate future space exploration of the Moon and Mars.

Russia, China aim for Red Planet

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 11:52:02 GMT

China will launch a joint mission with Russia to Mars, a "milestone" in space co-operation between the two countries.

European Mars launch delayed

Fri, 10 Nov 2006 17:34:41 GMT

The European Space Agency will delay the launch of its rover mission to Mars from 2011 to 2013.

Phoenix lander gets go-ahead

Fri, 03 Jun 2005 11:06:53 GMT

The US space agency has given the green light to Phoenix, its next mission to land on the surface of Mars.

Beagle 2 'could go to the Moon'

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 16:19:48 GMT

Scientists behind the UK's ill-fated Beagle 2 Mars mission say a near-identical probe could be used on the Moon.

Frozen sea may harbour Mars life

Mon, 29 Jan 2007 16:12:30 GMT

A frozen sea found on Mars is one of the most promising places to look for life on the Red Planet, scientists say.

Beagle 2 probe 'spotted' on Mars

Tue, 20 Dec 2005 00:30:37 GMT

New images of Mars may show the British-built probe Beagle 2, the scientist behind the project says.

Martian gases pose life question

Fri, 25 Feb 2005 09:23:26 GMT

A Mars science conference is told methane and formaldehyde together in the planet's atmosphere could indicate present-day life.

Ice belt 'encircled Mars equator'

Fri, 09 Sep 2005 13:27:19 GMT

Europe's Mars Express probe may have found evidence of a thick band of ice that once spanned the Martian equator.

Rover may get one-way ticket

Thu, 09 Nov 2006 15:00:45 GMT

The chief scientist on Nasa's Mars rover mission mulls whether to send Opportunity on a risky trip into a crater.

In pictures: Probe lands on Mars

Sun, 04 Jan 2004 18:10:20 GMT

Images of the Nasa people behind the successful mission to send a probe to Mars.

US mission lands safely on Mars

Sun, 04 Jan 2004 10:49:22 GMT

A Nasa space probe sends back images of the barren, rocky surface of Mars within hours of arrival.

Mars probe 'in great shape'

Mon, 05 Jan 2004 19:53:18 GMT

The robotic probe Spirit has landed in a prime spot for exploring the Red Planet.

Q/A: Robots on Mars

Fri, 06 Jun 2003 14:00:58 GMT

The first of Nasa's new generation of robotic explorers is going to search for water on Mars. BBC News Online speaks to deputy mission manager Mark Adler.