A NASA robotic rover is nearing completion ahead of a journey next year to search for evidence of past life on Mars and lay the groundwork for the space agency’s mission to send humans into deep space.
Life on Mars
WELLINGTON: The world's newest island, formed during a volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific three years ago, may offer clues to how life potentially developed on Mars, NASA said Wednesday. The island of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha´apai rose from the seabed about 65 kilometres (40 miles) northwest of the Tongan capital Nuku´alofa in late 2014-early 2015. Scientists initially expected the island -- created when vast quantities of rock and dense ash spewed from the Earth´s crust -- to wash away within a few months. But…