Mars

  • James Cameron’s Mars Reference Design
    Academy Award winning film director, James Cameron, takes a tour through a human mission to Mars. His commissioned renderings of the Mars Design Reference Mission illustrate how a quarter billion miles away, a crew and cargo will meet up to build and fuel their future
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  • Mars: Upstairs, Downstairs
    The science teams planning Spirit and Opportunity rovers get to debate Martian features, while working on different floors at JPL, keeping opposite times of day and night, and looking at different sides of the planet. They have discovered two of the faces of
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  • Opportunity Knocks, Spirit Responds
    Getting the first picture back in a week from Spirit has the rover team hopeful that the problems with software resets and a lack of commandability may have stemmed from too many files on board the spacecraft.
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  • Follow the Fire
    Among those primordial elements critical for life, water has been considered the one in short supply on Mars. But even as scientists adopt the theme to 'follow the water', another element, geothermal heat, may offer interesting exploration opportunities.
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  • Mars, Simply Beautiful
    Why land in Gusev Crater? What does a planetary geologist dream about, when catching catnaps between exploration sessions on Mars? Gusev scientist Nathalie Cabrol talked about her experiences so far.
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  • Depth to Bedrock, Zero
    The Opportunity landscape offers enough geological gems that science teams already have a rough idea of where they want to explore, only hours after the first pictures arrived. The scientists rated the Meridiani site as their first choice prior to launch.
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  • Where on Mars is Beagle?
    Large radio telescopes and a constellation of orbiting cameras are continuing their Christmas vigil, in hopes of getting a signal from the lost Beagle 2 Mars lander. Scientists however have begun to accept that while it is on the martian surface, the lander is inactive.
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  • Opportunity Finds Martian Layer Cake
    Geologists on the rover science team are excited by the discovery of fine layering in the rock outcrop that sits directly in front of Opportunity. One possibility is that the layers are sediments deposited billions of years ago by liquid water.
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  • Terra Meridiani, Not Terra Firma
    The three standout features in the initial color postcard from the Opportunity landing site at Meridiani Planum include: the first observed martian bedrock, a talcum-powder-like soil texture, and the iron-rich color reminiscent of red clays from Texas and Oklahoma. But analogs on Earth may be
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  • Mars 2053
    After 18 martian days of a near-perfect mission, a Spirit rover message came to Earth with corrupted data. When decoded, this tiny clue showed that the mobile laboratory's software considered that it was the year 2053.
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  • Where on Mars is Opportunity?
    Using images taken by Opportunity during its descent to the martian surface, mission scientists have begun to pinpoint the rover's location. Nearby, a large crater beckons as a long-range scientific target.
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  • A Bizarre New Mars
    Initial color images from Meridiani, Opportunity's landing site in a flat, volcanic plain, suggest fine-grain soil and the first bedrock ever seen on Mars. The significance of bedrock to geologists can be compared to a history book of the planet, with its binding still ordering
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  • Spirit Condition Serious
    An anomaly team has been huddled to determine the current state of the Spirit rover's health. They estimate days to weeks before a final operational diagnosis can be completed.
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  • Second Opportunity, Safe on Mars
    Surviving its harrowing entry and landing, the second Mars rover called Opportunity was reported to be 'live' and at rest on the surface of a volcanic plain called Meridiani Planum. As Rob Manning, the development manager for the critical Entry, Descent and Landing.
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  • Mars Express: Polar Water-Ice Imaged
    Mars Express confirmed the southern poles contain both dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) and water-ice. Its stereo camera continues to create high resolution depth views down the deep erosion crevasses that mark the ancient water history of a possible warmer world.
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