Biggest river delta ever discovered on Mars hints at an ancient ocean
10 September 2018
Researchers have found evidence that suggests Mars once had an ancient ocean and a water cycle similar to Earth's.
It's official: we can't terraform Mars
30 July 2018
Scientists have concluded that there is not enough carbon dioxide on Mars for humans to live on the planet.
The search for life on Mars
27 July 2018
To help us tell fact from science fiction, scientists and engineers involved in the ExoMars 2020 program discuss the latest on the search for life on Mars.
Ancient meteorite gives a glimpse into the crust of Mars
24 May 2018
A meteorite sample from the Museum collection is revealing more about how and when the crust of the Red Planet formed.
360° fossil-hunting adventure
4 May 2018
Go on a virtual fossil hunt along Charmouth Beach.
How did the Moon form?
30 April 2018
Before the Earth and Moon, there was a proto-Earth and Theia. Museum planetary science researcher Prof Sara Russell explains the origins of Earth's closest companion.
Volcano study shows timeline of magma behaviour before eruption
12 October 2016
A new approach for analysing minerals in volcanic rocks is helping scientists work out what happens inside a volcano before it erupts.
First evidence that asteroids delivered water to the Moon
31 May 2016
Water on the surface of the Moon was supplied by asteroids, a study has shown.
Mysterious missing xenon gas traced to Earth's interior
10 December 2015
Vast quantities of 'missing' xenon may be trapped kilometres below Earth's surface.
Museum to display rare meteorite from solar system's birth
6 June 2018
The satsuma-sized Ivuna meteorite contains a record of primordial material from 4.6 billion years ago - around the same time as the formation of the sun and planets.
Britain's first geological map
26 June 2015
Unearth 15 facts about William Smith’s pioneering map on its 200-year anniversary.
Laser technique wins innovation award
4 December 2014
Museum researchers are part of an international team that has won a prestigious engineering award for a new laser-based prospecting method.
Inside the mind of a volcano
12 February 2018
As the new Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery prepares to blast open, Museum volcanologist talks about predicting disasters and exploring off limits on the slopes of volcanoes.