Mars

  • The USA Returns to Mars
    NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft reached Mars and was captured into orbit after a successful main engine burn.
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  • Evidence of Recent Climate Change on Mars
    New images of the surface of Mars provide the first direct evidence that the climate of Mars has changed during the last 100,000 years. This is much earlier than previous estimates, which calculated a climate change dating back hundreds of millions of years.
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  • Having a Ball on Mars
    An amusing accident in the Mojave desert has inspired a new kind of Mars rover -- a two-story high beach ball that can descend to the Martian surface, land safely, and explore vast stretches of the Red Planet.
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  • Happy Anniversary, Viking Lander
    On July 20, 1976, NASA's Viking 1 lander touched down safely on the surface of Mars, revealing an alien world that continues to puzzle scientists and tempt explorers.
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  • NASA Picks Mars Scout Mission Ideas for Further Study
    NASA recently selected the ten most promising "Scout mission concepts from among the 43 proposed for possible launch to Mars in 2007.
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  • Mars: Dead or Alive?
    Recent research on the planet has convinced some scientists that Mars may still be geologically active.
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  • A Pregnancy Test for Mars
    The test that tells women they are pregnant might also be able to find signs of living organisms on Mars.
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  • Swept Away: Evidence of Erosion on Mars
    Massive erosion shaped the surface of Mars, according to planetary scientists at Washington University in St. Louis.
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  • Mars Odyssey Finds Large Water Concentrations
    Early results from the Mars Odyssey orbiter show the signature of large water concentrations.
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  • Growing Glowing Martian Mustard
    A team of University of Florida scientists has genetically modified a tiny plant to send reports back from Mars in a most unworldly way: by emitting an eerie, fluorescent glow.
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  • Growing Glowing Martian Mustard
    A team of University of Florida scientists has genetically modified a tiny plant to send reports back from Mars in a most unworldly way: by emitting an eerie, fluorescent glow.
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  • Space Weather on Mars
    Future human explorers of Mars can leave their umbrellas back on Earth, but perhaps they shouldn't forget their Geiger counters! A NASA experiment en route to the Red Planet aims to find out.
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  • Roses for the Red Planet
    Scientists discuss the importance and the possible risks of seeding the Red Planet.
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  • Life’s Chemical Fingerprints
    Using a technique called Raman spectroscopy, researchers are developing instruments that may one day search for life on Mars, Europa, or Callisto.
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  • Return to the Red Planet
    On Saturday, April 7, NASA's next mission to Mars is set to launch. The 2001 Mars Odyssey will investigate the history of water on the Red Planet.
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