Games like Surviving Mars are preparing future generations of astronauts for life on the red planet.
The UAE will launch a probe this year, making it the first Arab, Muslim-majority nation to lead an interplanetary mission.
Making Mars more Earth-like would be a gargantuan task. From giant mirrors to tiny microbes, here's the thinking behind making Mars habitable for humans.
As we push toward Mars, Hollywood is creating more realistic portrayals. But will the Red Planet be anything like Ad Astra, The Martian or The Expanse?
Commentary: Godspeed, you pioneering Mars explorers of the future. You will become the heroes I could never be.
The new robot will join the ranks of Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity on the Red Planet within 12 months.
At least three major efforts are underway to put boots on the fourth planet from the sun. Here's a visual look at each road map to the Red Planet.
Mars explorers could turn to 3D printers to treat burns and broken bones.
Humanity has daydreamed of missions to Mars since the 1960s. We haven't yet put a human on the surface, but we have sent three robots. Our understanding of the planet has grown exponentially in the last decade.
Elon Musk thinks we'll get there before 2025, but how do we get there? What happens when humans land on the surface? How will we survive and how do we transform the red planet into a place worth living on?
In 2020, four separate space agencies are planning groundbreaking missions to Mars: China is sending its first rover to the surface; NASA is sending a four-pound helicopter; Europe and Russia are sending another rover to search for signs of life; and the United Arab Emirates is sending an orbiter to create the first "truly global picture of the Martian atmosphere."
There's never been a more exciting time to explore the red planet. Welcome to Mars.