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A photo illustration of a US astronaut planting an American flag on Mars.

‘We want our country to do it first’: A NASA executive says a US-China Mars mission is not in the cards

Some experts say a race to Mars would "be a waste of taxpayers' money" and that NASA and China should work together. But US law doesn't make it easy.
The first firing of SpaceX's full-scale Raptor rocket engine, which is designed to help send passengers around the moon.

SpaceX test-fired a giant rocket engine with ‘insane power’ for moon and Mars missions. The future of Elon Musk’s company may ride o...

Elon Musk posted videos of SpaceX's new Raptor rocket engine firing. Experts say the company's future depends in part on the engine's reliability.
An illustration of China's planned robotic Mars mission, called HX-1.

China wants to launch to Mars next year — part of an ambitious plan to bring the first Martian soil samples back to Earth

China recently landed a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, and is also working on a robotic Mars mission that may launch in 2020.
An illustration of NASA's InSight probe attempting to land on the surface of Mars

NASA’s InSight probe must survive ‘7 minutes of terror’ to land on Mars. If it does, here are some incredible discoveries the robot ...

NASA's InSight Mars mission will attempt unprecedented science on the red planet, including probing Mars' temperature and listening for Mars quakes.
An artist illustration of the InSight lander on Mars.

A NASA robot is about to land on Mars — here’s how to watch the InSight landing live

NASA's InSight lander is scheduled to reach Mars on Monday, concluding its six-month journey to the red planet. Here's how to watch the landing live.
An illustration of NASA's InSight Mars probe about to land on the Martian surface.

NASA’s $830 million Mars mission is about to land. Here’s a second-by-second timeline of the InSight probe’s treacherous journey to ...

NASA posted a step-by-step timeline of its InSight spacecraft's Mars landing attempt on Monday, November 26. The entire trip should take 14 minutes.
Mars is one of the most-visited planets in the solar system.

NASA’s newest Mars mission lands on Monday — here are 13 incredible facts you should know about the red planet

NASA is about to land InSight: a new, $830-million robotic Mars lander. Here are 13 of the most surprising facts about the red planet.
Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, is hiring hundreds of people to put boots on Mars.

SpaceX is quietly planning Mars-landing missions with the help of NASA and other spaceflight experts. It’s about time.

Elon Musk's rocket company, SpaceX, is building a huge spacecraft to send 100 people to Mars. To figure out how to use the Big Falcon Rocket, as it's called, SpaceX organized a workshop with NASA and other spaceflight experts at the University of Colorado Boulder, according to Ars Technica.
Apollo 11 Mission image. Lunar surface with Astronaut boot in view taken on July 20, 1969.

Trump wants to send astronauts back to the moon, but his proposed budget cuts NASA funding close to an all-time low

President Trump is asking NASA to put a 'footprint' in outer space in a way the agency hasn't in 45 years.
Engineers work on the Kilopower nuclear reactor, a system being designed to power NASA missions.

NASA built and tested a ‘truly astounding’ nuclear reactor that may help astronauts travel longer, farther, and faster in space

NASA's new Kilopower technology uses nuclear fission and electrical converters to generate enough energy to power human and robotic space missions. Recent tests of a prototype reactor suggest devices may soon be ready for safety and flight tests.