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IceBite Blog: Trek to University Valley
Topic: Mars
12/23/10
Summary: NASA´s IceBite team was in Antarctica this month to test a new drill for use on a possible future mission to Mars. In this blog entry, Margarita Marinova describes preparations for the trip to remote University Valley. Team member Andrew Jackson writes about his focus on perchlorate, a compound also in the soil of Mars.

IceBite Blog: Success in University Valley
Topic: Mars
12/16/10
Summary: NASA´s IceBite team was in Antarctica this month testing a new drill built by Honeybee Robotics for use on a possible future mission to Mars. In this blog entry, Kris Zacny writes about the successful test of the Icebreaker drill in Antarctica´s remote University Valley.

Drilling for the Future of Science
Topic: Mars
12/06/10
Summary: NASA´s IceBite project is in Antarctica testing a drill for possible use on a future mission to Mars. In a recent trial of the drill´s remote-operations software, the operators were a bit younger than usual: they were fifth-grade students, controlling the drill from a classroom in Pleasanton, California.

IceBite Blog: Remote Control
Topic: Mars
11/29/10
Summary: NASA´s IceBite team is in Antarctica this month testing a new drill built by Honeybee Robotics for use on a possible future mission to Mars. In this blog entry, Kris Zacny writes about the first field tests of the Icebreaker drill.

IceBite Blog: Setting Up an IceBreaker
Topic: Mars
11/17/10
Summary: NASA's IceBite team is in Antarctica this month testing a new drill built by Honeybee Robotics for use on a possible future mission to Mars. In this blog entry, Kris Zacny writes about setting up the Icebreaker drill.

IceBite Blog: Flying to Antarctica
Topic: Mars
11/16/10
Summary: NASA´s IceBite team is in Antarctica this month testing a new drill for a possible future mission to Mars. Team member Margarita Marinova will be writing a blog of their activities. If you have a question about the IceBite project, click the 'Ask a Scientist' button and send it to the scientists in the field.

Breaking the Ice in Antarctica
Topic: Mars
11/15/10
Summary: Members of NASA´s IceBite team will be in Antarctica´s Dry Valleys this month testing a drill developed by Honeybee Robotics for possible use on a future mission to the arctic northern plains of Mars. The IceBreaker drill is designed to obtain samples for analysis of ice and soil from as much as a meter below the surface.

A Strategy to Search for Life on Mars
Topic: Mars
11/11/10
Summary: One of the reasons NASA sends so many missions to Mars is because of the planet´s potential for life. Current missions search for factors thought to be necessary for life, such as liquid water and organic molecules, but some scientists now say the search for life itself should be the highest priority for the next decade of Mars robotic probes.

Bringing a Bit of Mars Back Home
Topic: Mars
11/08/10
Summary: Mars sample return – bringing rocks from Mars back to Earth – has been on NASA´s wish list for decades, and work is underway to develop the necessary technology. Recently a group of scientists field-tested a robotic system that can drill into rocks, collect small core samples and store them for later retrieval.

Evidence for Hydrothermal Vents on Mars
Topic: Mars
11/06/10
Summary: NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered mineral deposits on a volcanic cone that point to recent and habitable microenvironments for life on Mars. Hydrated silica flanking a volcanic cone indicates the presence of hydrothermal environments like hot springs, which might have been habitats for living organisms.

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