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Valles Marineris on Mars

Recent News

Remains of a Modern Glacier Found Near Mars’ Equator Implies Water Ice Possibly Present at Low Latitudes on Mars Even Today

March 15, 2023, Mountain View, California – In a groundbreaking announcement at the 54th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held in The Woodlands, Texas, scientists revealed the discovery of a relict glacier near Mars' equator. Located in Eastern Noctis Labyrinthus at coordinates 7° 33' S, 93° 14' W, this finding is significant as it implies the presence of surface water ice on Mars in recent times, even near the equator. This discovery raises the possibility that ice may still exist at shallow depths in the area, which could have significant implications for future human exploration.

New Spacesuit Technologies for Moon and Mars Exploration Tested In Oregon Where Apollo Astronauts Once Trained and Tested Spacesuits

September 9, 2021, Mountain View, CA -- The NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) and collaborating organizations SETI Institute, Mars Institute, Collins Aerospace, and Ntention are announcing the successful field testing of new spacesuit technologies for future astronaut science and exploration operations on the Moon and Mars.

An Astronaut Smart Glove to Explore the Moon, Mars and Beyond

October 31, 2019, Mountain View, CA -- The NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) and collaborating organizations SETI Institute, Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Collins Aerospace, and Ntention are announcing the successful field test of an “astronaut smart glove” for future human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond. The smart glove is a prototype for a human-machine interface (HuMI) that would allow astronauts to wirelessly operate a wide array of robotic assets, including drones, via simple single-hand gestures.



Haughton-Mars Project

The Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) is a leading international multidisciplinary planetary analog field research project aimed at advancing Moon and Mars science and exploration. The HMP is centered on the scientific study of the Haughton impact crater and surrounding terrain, Devon Island, High Arctic.




MI-GRIP is a research internship opportunity established to engage students of any nationality around the world in new research that will help advance the science, exploration, and public understanding of Mars.

Viking Internship

Mars Institute and partners invite you to join an innovative program to collaborate in the development of new technologies and sponsor bright students from Norway in STEM fields to participate in, and experience, exciting internships.

Student Chapter

Mars Institute Student Chapters are student organizations for those interested in science and space exploration.



Passage to Mars

Passage to Mars is the true story of a six-man crew’s adventures aboard HMP Okarian, a NASA experimental vehicle, attempting “the first Martian road trip” on Earth.

Mission: Mars

Mission: Mars is an engaging introduction to Mars exploration. This teaching guide highlights rich CCSS and STEM connections, and helps set the stage for a classroom full of thought provoking discussions and exciting projects.


The Mars Institute is an international, non-governmental, non-profit research organization dedicated to advancing the scientific study, exploration, and public understanding of Mars. Headquartered at NASA Ames Research Center (USA), with offices in Toronto (Canada) and Stavanger (Norway).


The Institute is a world leading organization in the advancement of Mars science and exploration, in particular the human exploration of Mars. The Institute also focuses on the Moon, Deep Space, Near-Earth Objects, and Mars’s moons Phobos and Deimos, viewed as key stepping-stones in the exploration of Mars.


The Institute is also known as the organization behind several international conferences and mission studies to advance Mars exploration, in particular the Mars Institute operates the Mars analogue, Haughton-Mars Project Research Station on Devon Island, high Arctic.

Mars Institute USA (HQ)

NASA Ames Research Center, MS 245-3 Moffett Field,

CA 94035-1000, USA

Mars Institute Norway

Siriskjeret 11-23

4014 Stavanger


Mars Institute Canada

HMP Research Station

Devon Island

P.O. Box 300, Resolute Bay NU, X0A 0V0, Canada

Management Team
Dr. Pascal Lee

Founder & Chairman

Director NASA HMP

Planetary Scientist SETI

Mars Institute USA

Christopher Hoftun

Co-Founder & Board member


Mars Institute Norway

Board of Directors
Bernhard Rikardsen


Mars Institute Norway

Brage W. Johansen

Board member

Mars Institute Norway




NASA Ames Research Center

MS 245-3 Moffett Field 

CA 94035-1000



Kjell Arholmsgate 41

4036 Stavanger



HMP Research Station - Devon Island

P.O. Box 300

Resolute Bay, NU, X0A 0V0

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