WATCH: Buzz Aldrin explains how to “Get your ass to Mars”

Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the Moon has been speaking to Videos from Space about how we can finally get to Mars. Check out the video below, where he outlines some of his ideas for the technologies he thinks we need to reach the red planet - and how he thinks they should be…

NASA to troubleshoot a dodgy computer on another planet

Remember the Opportunity rover that NASA sent to Mars way back in 2004? It is still going, despite only having a projected lifespan of three months - but it is getting forgetful in its old age. According to Discovery News the rover has developed a problem with its "non-volatile memory" - or the on board…

Avatar director James Cameron aims to put 3D camera on Mars

Oscar winning Avatar director James Cameron is planning to turn his 3D camera away from the fantasy world of Pandora and take it to the surface of the planet Mars. After budget issues forced NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to scrap…

Google Earth adds oceans, hits 5.0


James Cook. Ferdinand Magellan. Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Hannu. Want to count yourself among their ranks? You could do worse than installing the new version of Google Earth – which features the oceans.

Previously, 70% of the earth’s surface in Google Earth was just covered with a basic blue blob. It vaguely reflected what was below, but not in any detail, especially when compared to Google’s land coverage. Well, now you can explore the seas in huge detail. You can even go below the surface and view data points – video, photos and text of ocean life and expeditions.

NASA briefing the White House on secret Mars news. HG Wells' fear of Mars may be vindicated.

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A couple of weeks ago the sixth man on the moon, Edgar Mitchell, in an apparent bid to catch up with James Watson in the “man of science inexplicably becomes a crackpot” stakes, went on the radio and claimed that the human race has made contact with aliens and there’s a big cover-up to disguise this fact.

Maybe he’s not mad after all if Aviation Week, a publication not usually known for its hyperbole (or generally not known) is right with its story about NASA deliberately sitting on a huge announcement?

NASA "flabbergasted" by Martian soil – it could support life!


The Phoenix Mars Lander has almost completed its first set of ‘wet chemistry’ experiments on the red planet’s soil and scientists very excited with what they’ve found. A preliminary analysis of soil samples have found it to be a lot more alkaline than expected, meaning that it could support life.

Phoenix Lander finds ice beneath Mars' surface


Now that drama of the sticky Mars mud incident is firmly behind it (results are expected on Friday), the Phoenix Mars Lander is on the lookout for fresh Martian discoveries, and they seem to be in no short supply. Using its robotic arm, Phoenix has been scraping away at the rocky surface and uncovered some mysterious white patches that scientists say are most probably ice.

NASA scientists celebrate as Mars Lander successfully soils itself


Now I know that none of you were even remotely interested in what has been happening in the world of mobile telephony, so I bring you another report from the icy depths of space. Scientists are jubilant this morning because it seems yesterday’s desperate battle against Mars’ fiendishly ‘clumpy’ soil has been won and samples are now being delivered to the lander’s Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer (TEGA).

Phoenix Lander in pitched battle with Martian soil


Thanks to announcement of some important kind of shiny phone handset, it seems that there’s little earth-bound technology news left to report. We expect a good three days before we can stop ourselves from spontaneously typing ‘IPHONE!’, ‘3G!’ or wasting the whole opening paragraphs of our posts providing a connection between utterly unrelated news and said handset announcement. We appreciate your patience.