Mars

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Panorama Captures Landing Petal
    A stunning view back towards the station that served as a temporary home on Mars for the Spirit rover, shows virtually all aspects of the planetary journey--from folded storage, to descent and egress. The eastern hills on the horizon are likely targets for further exploration.
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  • Little Green Martian Mineral
    The Spirit rover's first soil analysis reveals some puzzling features about Gusev crater. The region seems to contain the greenish mineral, olivine, which usually is considered water-reactive and volcanic in origin. For olivine to be found in the soil may point to rock formation
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  • No Hostage to Earth’s Geology
    Spirit rover geologists might look to drill into their first rock sample, with their cameras trained on whether it shows round or glassy grains inside. The differences may extend their sampling strategy to look for other examples from the four major classes: volcanic, impact debris,
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  • 3-D Martian Grand Canyon
    The first high-resolution, stereoscopic image from the European orbiter, Mars Express, shows the Grand Canyon of Mars in relief and highlights the erosion that must have moved tons of rocks and soil in the distant past.
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  • Sunday Drive, Adirondacks
    The Spirit drove about ten feet towards its first rock target, called the Adirondack, because of its mountain-shaped peak. A four-instrument turret on the rover's robotic arm will take a closer look and check out the diagnostics in preparation for longer drives and more extended
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  • Mars, Fair to Partly Cloudy
    The science mission for Mars Express will deliver ground penetrating radar, in search of water. But its weather forecasts will deliver temperatures twice as accurate as typically seen on Earth, all by transmitting a radio signal across the thin atmosphere near the martian limb.
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  • Martian Silk and Sandpaper
    With Mars lander now transformed into roving geologists, mission scientists stretched Spirit rover's robotic arm and took highest resolution image. Their microscopic imager can resolve soil and rock surfaces with sufficient sharpness to photograph features small enough to compare with width of human hair.
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  • Warming Up to the Red Planet
    With the second rover less than two weeks from a rendezvous on the other side of Mars from the current Spirit rover, comparisons between landing sites and entry conditions take on increased importance. The other side of Mars will look completely different in panoramic view,
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  • Spirit Makes Tracks on Mars
    The Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, descended today from its landing base onto red soil. The wheel tracks were confirmed by new images looking back at what is now debris, its petal-like platform. What was a mission that began as a lander is now a
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