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August 6, 1996: Evidence of Life on Mars?

Brock Lee
Today in 1996, David S. McKay, on behalf of NASA, claimed to have found evidence of life on the Martian ALH84001 meteorite. ALH84001 was discovered in Allan Hills, Antarctica on December 27, 1984. It is thought to be over 4 billion years old, making it one of the oldest Martian meteorites to be discovered. As […]

July 12, 1988: Soviet Union Launches Phobos II

Brock Lee
Today in 1988, Phobos II, the last space probe to be designed by the Soviet Union, was launched. It was designed to explore the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. The mission was mostly unsuccessful. Although data was gathered on Phobos, Mars, and the Sun during its cruise, Phobos II malfunctioned before landing, and […]

July 4, 1997: Pathfinder Lands On Mars

Brock Lee
Today in 1997, the MESUR Pathfinder landed on the surface of Mars. Upon landing, it was renamed the Carl Sagan Memorial Station, in honor of the late astrophysicist. One day after touching down, it deployed the Mars Rover Sojourner. The mission was expected to last between a week and a month, but lasted almost three […]

The Bacteria That Could Colonize Mars

Erica Intrieri
Although the atmosphere on Mars seems to push against everything that we as humans know to be life sustaining, scientists continue to push forward toward finding a way to colonize the planet. It seems nearly impossible but a recent Science paper published believes bacteria could help bring life to the red planet. Scientists from an […]

June 10, 2003: Spirit Rover Launched

Brock Lee
Today in 2003, NASA launched the Mars Exploration Rover – A, or Spirit.  It took nearly 7 months for the rover to land on Mars, and once it did it began its planned 90 day exploration mission. Spirit would go on to last 2,269 days, sending its last transmission on March 22, 2010. During its […]

May 6, 2002: Elon Musk Launches SpaceX

Brock Lee
Today in 2002, Elon Musk founded the Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX. The goal of the company is to find an efficient way to colonize Mars. Over the years, SpaceX has set multiple records for being the first private company to reach orbit. They also have several developmental contracts with NASA. Currently in development […]