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Three Generations of Rovers
Topic: Mars
NASA Mars rovers have come a long way in terms of size and capability since the rebirth of Red Planet surface exploration just 15 years ago – spanning from 1997 to 2012. NASA's newest rover, Curiosity, is scheduled to touch down on Mars in August of 2012.

Phobos-Grunt Crashes Into the Pacific
Topic: Mars
The Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, which was meant to travel to a moon of Mars and back, has crashed back to Earth.

Opportunity to Spend Winter at Greeley Haven
Topic: Mars
Opportunity will spend the coldest part of the martian winter at an outcrop of rock named in honor of the late Ronald Greeley.

Astrobiology Top 10: Mars Mission Lifts Off
Topic: Mars
Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. In the top story of the year, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and its Curiosity rover blast off on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The historic astrobiology mission is now heading to Mars.

Astrobiology Top 10: Water Flows on the Surface of Mars
Topic: Mars
Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number three, observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. The findings could have implications in the study of potential habitats for life on Mars. (Originally published 08/05/2011)

Astrobiology Top 10: Lost Spirit
Topic: Mars
Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number six, NASA ends operational planning activities for the Mars rover Spirit. This marked the end of one of the most successful missions of interplanetary exploration ever launched. (Originally published 05/27/2011)

Phobos-Grunt Will Fall to Earth in January
Topic: Mars
The Phobos-Grunt probe has been trapped in low Earth orbit for more than a month. Now, it is expected to reenter Earth's atmosphere in early January.

NASA Mars Rover Begins Research in Space
Topic: Mars
Following a successful launch on November 26th, NASA's new Mars rover is already returning important scientific data. The Curiosity rover is monitoring space radiation from inside its capsule, which will aid in planning future human missions to the Red Planet.

Life Possible on Extensive Parts of Mars
Topic: Mars
A new study indicates that extensive regions of the sub-surface of Mars could contain water and be at comfortable temperatures for terrestrial – and potentially martian – microbes.

Mars Rover Finds Mineral Vein Deposited by Water
Topic: Mars
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found bright veins of a mineral, apparently gypsum, deposited by water. The discovery could have implications in understanding the potential for life in Mars' past.

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