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MRO Hits Its Mark
Topic: Mars
03/11/06
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter peeked from behind the Red Planet and told mission scientists it survived the journey. Breathing a huge sigh of relief, the scientists now plan to reduce its current elongated orbit around Mars into a more circular one.

MRO Approaches Mars
Topic: Mars
03/09/06
On Friday, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) will reach Mars. Will it start orbiting the planet, fly right past it, or dive too close to the atmosphere and burn up? Because the spacecraft must loop behind the planet, mission scientists won´t know the orbiter´s fate for many nail-biting minutes.

Martian Water, Past and Present
Topic: Mars
12/01/05
The European Space Agency's Mars Express mission has just been extended, allowing the satellite to continue its investigations of the Red Planet for two more Earth years (or one martian year). Now, two new Mars Express reports help illuminate the role of water on Mars.

Desert RATS Test Robotic Rover
Topic: Mars
09/29/05
Earlier this month, a group of scientists and engineers converged in the Arizona desert near Meteor Crater to "practice" for future human missions to the moon and Mars. This year's experiments focused on interaction between space-suited "astronauts" and a very sophisticated rover named SCOUT.

MRO Lifts Off Into Space
Topic: Mars
08/12/05
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) launched this morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It will take seven months to reach Mars, arriving at the planet in March 2006.

Proving the Case
Topic: Mars
08/01/05
On Earth, methane is mostly produced by life. The recent detection of methane on Mars therefore has led to much speculation about the possibility for life on the Red Planet. The strategies that may resolve this issue are revealed in the final part of this series on martian methane.

Mystery Methane Maker
Topic: Mars
07/27/05
On Earth, methane is mostly produced by life. The recent detection of methane in the martian atmosphere therefore has given rise to much speculation about the possibility for life on the Red Planet. Part three of this four-part series investigates the most likely scenario for producing methane on Mars.

Methane on Earth
Topic: Mars
07/25/05
On Earth, methane is mostly produced by life. The recent detection of methane in the martian atmosphere therefore has given rise to much speculation about the possibility for life on the Red Planet. In part two of this four-part series, the various ways nature produces methane are considered.

Interplanetary Whodunit
Topic: Mars
07/20/05
On Earth, methane is mostly produced by life. The recent detection of methane in the martian atmosphere therefore has given rise to much speculation about the possibility for life on the Red Planet. Part one of this four-part series about methane and Mars provides an overview of the recent findings.

Opportunity Escapes Sandtrap
Topic: Mars
06/04/05
The Opportunity rover has been stuck in a soft, shallow dune on Mars for weeks. Its extraction today was greeted with celebration by the science team. The sandtrap analogy echoes back to the 'hole-in-one' landing that improbably placed the rover into a crater rich with bedrock and water evidence.
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