Despite repeated launch scrubs, analysts call Gulf state rising power in global space race.
There are currently eight active missions exploring Mars; some orbit the planet and some land on its surface. China and the United States will send another two this year.
This July, NASA will send the Perseverance rover to Mars to examine the soil of the Red Planet, could this be the first major step in human life outside Earth?
The Tuscaloosa County high school student recommended the name, and her "motivation" behind choosing the name through the NASA "Name the Rover" essay contest.
"We're usually all in one room, sharing screens, images and data. People are talking in small groups and to each other from across the room," said Curiosity team leader Alicia Allbaugh.
The Trump administration called on NASA early last year to reorganize its exploration program to send humans to the moon by 2024 and to Mars in the next decade.
"The trick, though, is that we're looking for trace levels of chemicals from billions of years ago on Mars."
Musk expects that the new Mars rocket prototype could perform missions in months.
“The Dead Sea is the ideal place to conduct research because it has been largely untouched by human activity that could contaminate DNA samples."
Marking 70 years for the Weizmann Institute of Science, the public is invited to a science-packed night of science lectures and exploration.