Mars

  • It will take Curiosity until at least mid-2014 to reach Mount Sharp, but scientists are already discussing which areas to examine when the rover arrives. One site is a low ridge on the bottom of the mountain that appears to have formed in water.
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  • By measuring the atmosphere of Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has provided the most definitive evidence yet that meteorites suspected to originate from the red planet are indeed martian in origin.
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  • Insights from underground nuclear tests and explosive volcanoes on Earth are helping scientists understand how unusual craters on Mars were formed.
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  • Researchers have recreated martian clouds in a laboratory on Earth. Their work will help scientists understand the properties of clouds on Mars and the environmental conditions present in the martian atmosphere.
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  • Next week, scientists from the European Space Agency will be testing a prototype of the ExoMars rover in Chile's Atacama desert.
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  • For the first time, scientists have discovered what could be a supervolcano on Mars.
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  • For almost 14 months, Curiosity has been uncovering new clues about the potential for life on ancient Mars. Now, the rover's analysis of a surprisingly 'Earth-like' martian rock is revealing details about the planet's interior.
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  • NASA has released its announcement of an open competition to submit proposals for the science and exploration technology instruments that would be carried aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020.
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  • The first scoop of soil collected by NASA's Curiosity rover has shown evidence that the fine surface materials of Mars contain several percent water by weight.
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  • Analysis of data collected by NASA's Curiosity rover during its first four months of operation have now been published in five separate papers.
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