Cost of Getting a Person to Mars in 2030s According to SpaceX Founder

Elon Musk has been labeled as somewhat of a real-life Tony Stark. He's founded future-facing companies like Tesla Motors and SpaceX, and seems genuinely dedicated to help humanity with advanced technology. Now, he's set his eyes on Mars, and he's thinking big. » 10/02/14 3:16am 10/02/14 3:16am

NASA Creates A Virtual Mars You Can Explore With The Oculus Rift

NASA's JPL is using satellite imagery of Mars, combined with the Oculus Rift headset and the Virtuix Omni to create a simulation, where people can feel like they're actually walking on the Mars terrain. » 8/06/13 9:30am 8/06/13 9:30am

Call The Geek Squad: Mars Curiosity Rover Hit With Memory Issue

As if Mars wasn't a hostile enough environment already, now it's come to light that computer glitch-causing radioactive energy might be flying around. That's one theory as to why NASA was forced to put the Curiosity Rover into safe mode this week, at least. » 3/03/13 2:00pm 3/03/13 2:00pm

Meet Scott Maxwell: Star Wars Fan. Gamer. And, Oh Yeah, He Drives a…

Some people have cool jobs. And then there's Scott Maxwell, who has one of the best gigs on two planets. He's one of the people who drives the Curiosity Rover on Mars. How do you get that job? What's it like? And how does it compare to all the sci-fi and video game fantasies we've all had about this kind of thing? » 10/12/12 1:00pm 10/12/12 1:00pm

Get Your Ass to Mars in This Space Flight Video Game

Because landing on Mars is the hottest thing this year, Lunar Flight - the terrifyingly realistic space landing simulator - is being updated to include a map of the Martian surface, meaning you can recreate the sensation of touching down on an alien world over and over and over again to your heart's content. » 8/08/12 3:00am 8/08/12 3:00am

You Can't Explore Mars For Yourself, But You Can Play Waking Mars For…

And for really cheap, too! In celebration of Curiosity's landing on Mars, Tiger Style's super cool iOS game Waking Mars is on sale for $1.99 on the App Store. It's worth it. » 8/06/12 2:30pm 8/06/12 2:30pm

Mars Rover Survives Seven Minutes of Terror, Lands Successfully on the…

Well, the little rover that could has gone and done it. Having survived an epic voyage and a convoluted, dangerous descent, NASA's Curiosity Rover has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, and is already transmitting images back to Earth. Nice job, little guy. And nice job all the men and women who designed and… » 8/06/12 1:30am 8/06/12 1:30am

Watch The Mars Rover Landing Live On Your Xbox This Weekend

The game that lets you try your own hand at landing the next Mars rover may not be as cool as advertised, but the real event probably will be. And the real event is coming up this weekend, with Curiosity scheduled to land on the Martian surface late Sunday night (or early Monday morning, depending on your time zone). » 8/03/12 10:00am 8/03/12 10:00am

New NASA Photo Suggests Signs of Flowing Water on Mars

Revise Red Faction. Update Doom. Go back to the drawing board with that Total Recall remake (actually, please just stop making that). NASA announced today that they may have possible evidence of flowing water on Mars. » 8/04/11 3:20pm 8/04/11 3:20pm

Humanity Poised To Take Its First Steps On Fake Mars

Following up on one of our earliest daily Kotaku science posts, the Mars500 Project is now in orbit, with three crew members preparing to become the first humans to set foot on fake Mars. » 2/03/11 2:00pm 2/03/11 2:00pm

If People Make It To Mars, Give The Wii Some Credit

There are six men currently living in cramped isolation in Moscow, enjoying and suffering 520 days of isolation as the Russian Space Federation simulates the loneliness of a manned flight to Mars. Good thing these guys have a Wii. » 8/19/10 4:20pm 8/19/10 4:20pm

Mars Looks Like A Great Place For Some Destructible Buildings

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to deliver an amazingly detailed view of Mars to Microsoft Research's free Worldwide Telescope application, with images so detailed you can almost see the Google Maps camera cars roaming about the surface. » 7/13/10 5:00pm 7/13/10 5:00pm

Six Men Lock Themselves In A Box For Science

Three Russians, a Frenchman, an Italian-Columbian, and a Chinese walk into a fake spaceship, and don't walk out again for 520 days. Stop me if you've heard this one. » 6/03/10 5:20pm 6/03/10 5:20pm

Latency Makes Multiplayer a Real Bitch on Mars

Depending on the orbit, it takes between four and 20 minutes for information traveling at light speed to get from Earth to Mars. So, we're not going to be playing Killzone against Martians anytime soon. » 8/08/09 6:30pm 8/08/09 6:30pm