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MAVEN Set to Launch November 18
Topic: Mars
11/15/13
MAVEN stands for “Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution”, and the mission will examine the upper portion of Mars’ thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere in order to determine how the climate of the Red Planet has changed over time.

Precious Opals Shine a Light on Mars
Topic: Mars
06/13/13
Research that sheds light on how Australian opals formed indicates the red dirt in the land Down Under might be similar to the red surface of Mars.

Mars Icebreaker Life Mission
Topic: Mars
05/16/13
The Icebreaker Life mission to Mars, currently being developed, would drill down about 3 feet and scan the ice shavings for organic biomarkers — molecules that are too complex to be produced non-biologically and could be conclusive evidence of life.

Curiosity In It for the Long Haul
Topic: Mars
08/27/12
Curiosity’s first successful drive across the martian landscape is cause for celebration. Astrobiology Magazine Field Research Editor Henry Bortman thinks it is also a good moment to pause and reflect on MSL’s long-term goals.

How a Mars Sample Return Mission Can Go Electric
Topic: Mars
08/16/12
A hybrid electric mission to Mars could harness the power of sunlight to save on cost, fuel and time to recover samples from the Red Planet.

A Curiosity Photo Gallery
Topic: Mars
08/08/12
Astrobiology Magazine looks at the first images of the Curiosity rover at Mars, and the reasons that the MSL team are so excited about what they're seeing.

Curiosity is on Mars
Topic: Mars
08/06/12
Curiosity has successfully touched down on Mars. Several minutes later, amidst the cheers and high-fives at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the rover’s first image was received on Earth.

The Least Crazy Option
Topic: Mars
08/05/12
Curiosity is scheduled to touch down on the martian surface at around 10:30 pm PDT on Sunday, August 5. Landing on Mars is an immense challenge, and in order to get to the surface, Curiosity will be using new technologies, like the "sky crane" system, for the first time.

Curiosity’s Search for Organics
Topic: Mars
08/02/12
Soon the rover Curiosity will land on Mars. By design it won’t involve life-detection, but it was assembled to look for the carbon-based building blocks of Martian life and to explore the possible habitats where life might once have existed.

Exploring Mars in the Austrian Alps
Topic: Mars
05/31/12
In the largest ice caves on Earth, spacesuits and remote-controlled planetary rovers were recently tested in a five-day odyssey in the Alps designed to mimic potential future missions on Mars.
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