Mars

  • Water is in the Details
    During its first week of observations from low orbit, NASA's newest Mars spacecraft revealed new clues about both recent and ancient environments on the red planet.
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  • Martian Poles in the Swiss Alps
    A conference on Mars Polar Science recently met in Davos, Switzerland. By studying the poles, scientists are learning about the history of water on the planet, and how that has affected Mars' potential for life.
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  • Mars: Time for a New Chronology?
    Mars Express has provided the most detailed map to date of Mars´ mineralogy and has answered some longstanding questions. Based on this new information, a group of European scientists has proposed new names for the planet´s geologic eras. But not everyone agrees with the need
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  • Looking Down on Opportunity
    NASA's long-lived robotic rover Opportunity is beginning to explore layered rocks in cliffs ringing the massive Victoria crater on Mars.
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  • CRISM Opens its Eyes
    The most powerful mineral-mapper ever sent to Mars has opened its protective cover in order to search for hints of past water on the red planet.
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  • Takes a Lickin and Keeps on Tickin
    NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity has arrived at the rim of a crater approximately five times wider than a previous stadium-sized one it studied for half a year.
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  • HiRISE on the Down Low
    The most powerful camera ever to orbit Mars will get its first close look at the Red Planet today.
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  • Peeking Into Victoria
    On Monday, September 18, NASA's Mars rover Opportunity got to within about 160 feet of the rim of the half-mile-wide Victoria Crater, the rover's destination since late 2004.
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  • Faceless Cydonia
    ESA's Mars Express has obtained images of the Cydonia region, site of the famous 'Face on Mars.' The High Resolution Stereo Camera photos include some of the most spectacular views of the Red Planet ever.
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  • MRO’s Subsurface Sight
    NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has extended the long-armed antenna of its radar, preparing the instrument to begin probing for underground layers of Mars.
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  • Managing Mars Missions
    At the Viking anniversary celebration, Michael Meyer provided an overview of upcoming missions to the Red Planet. Like Viking thirty years ago, these future missions aim to improve our understanding of Mars and its potential for life.
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  • Exploring Earth and Mars
    At the recent anniverary celebration for the Viking mission, Michael Meyer discussed how the history of exploration directs our efforts to learn more about Mars.
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  • MRO A-OK
    NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has completed the challenging half-year task of shaping its orbit to the nearly circular, low-altitude pattern from which it will scrutinize the planet.
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  • The Trail to Victoria
    NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is closing in on what may be the grandest overlook and richest science trove of its long mission.
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  • Returning to Sample Mars
    At the Viking thirtieth anniversary celebration, Noel Hinners pushed for a Mars Sample Return mission. "The science imperative for Mars Sample Return is equally compelling to what Viking was looking for," said Hinners, "and in many ways associated with some of the same goals
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