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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Drills at ‘Telegraph Peak’

February 26, 2015

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Curiosity Rover Drills at Telegraph Peak

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover drilled a small hole on February 24 to collect sample powder from inside a rock target called “Telegraph Peak,” which is located within the basal layer of Mount Sharp. The target sits in the upper portion of “Pahrump Hills,” an outcrop the mission has been investigating for five months. The Pahrump […]

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MAVEN Spacecraft Completes First Deep Dip Campaign of Martian Atmosphere

February 19, 2015

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MAVEN Completes First Deep Dip Campaign

NASA’S MAVEN spacecraft has completed its first deep-dip maneuver, gathering measurements closer to the top of the lower atmosphere of Mars. NASA’S Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution has completed the first of five deep-dip maneuvers designed to gather measurements closer to the lower end of the Martian upper atmosphere. “During normal science mapping, we make […]

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An Extremely High Altitude Plume on Mars

February 16, 2015

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Scientists Study a Mysterious Bulge That Rose up from Mars

In a newly published study, scientists from the Planetary Sciences Group of the UPV/EHU-University are studying images of a mysterious bulge that rose up from the surface of Mars. In March 2012 amateur astronomers in different corners of the world gathered images of a plume emerging at dawn on the edge of the disc of […]

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NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Completes 40,000 Mars Orbits

February 10, 2015

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Completes 40,000 Mars Orbits

Launched in 2005, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has now orbited the Red Planet more than 40,000 times. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed a mission milestone of 40,000 orbits on February 7, 2015, in its ninth year of returning information about the atmosphere, surface and subsurface of Mars, from equatorial to polar latitudes. The mission’s potent […]

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Small Helicopter Could Improve the Exploration of Mars

January 23, 2015

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Small Helicopter Could Scout for Future Mars Rovers

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are working on a small helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars rovers. Getting around on Mars is tricky business. Each NASA rover has delivered a wealth of information about the history and composition of the Red Planet, but a rover’s vision is limited by the view […]

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Curiosity Rover Marks 11th Anniversary with Hilltop Panorama

January 23, 2015

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Curiosity Marks 11th Anniversary with Hilltop Image

In celebration of its 11th anniversary on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured this panorama view from the top of “Cape Tribulation.” A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit. The view is from the […]

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Mars Express Image Shows Chasms and Cliffs on Mars

January 5, 2015

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Mars Express Image of Chasms and Cliffs on Mars

This Mars Express image shows a region of Mars filled with cliffs, trenches, faults, giant plateaus and volcanoes. Although Mars is a very alien planet, some aspects of its geology are surprisingly familiar. The flowing cracks and fault-like lines in this image form part of the Claritas Rupes escarpment, a 950 km-long network of steep […]

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Martian Rock Reveals a Record of the Planet’s Climate

December 23, 2014

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New Analysis of a Martian Rock Reveals Climate Clues

New research on a Martian rock reveals a record of the planet’s climate billions of years ago, back when water likely washed across its surface and any life that ever formed there might have emerged. Scientists from the University of California, San Diego, NASA and the Smithsonian Institution report detailed measurements of minerals within the […]

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New NASA Image Reveals Frosty Slopes on Mars

December 23, 2014

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New NASA Image Shows Frosty Slopes on Mars

This newly released NASA image shows an area on the surface of Mars (approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size) with frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater. At this time of year, only south-facing slopes retain the frost, while the north-facing slopes have melted. Gullies are not the only active geologic process […]

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Scientists Find Evidence of Previously Unrecognized Water Reservoir on Mars

December 19, 2014

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Scientists Find Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

A newly published study provides evidence for a previously unrecognized hydrogen reservoir on Mars, which could account for a large part of the initial water budge of Mars. NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Discovers Organic Chemistry on Mars

December 17, 2014

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Rover Finds Active Ancient Organic Chemistry on Mars

Using the Tunable Laser Spectrometer instrument in Curiosity’s onboard Sample Analysis at Mars laboratory, astronomers have detected a tenfold spike in the abundance of methane in the Martian atmosphere. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a […]

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MAVEN Identifies Links to Atmospheric Loss on Mars

December 16, 2014

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MAVEN Identifies Links to Atmospheric Loss on Mars

New findings from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission reveal a new process by which the solar wind can penetrate deep into a planetary atmosphere, leading to atmospheric loss. Early discoveries by NASA’s newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet’s atmosphere to space over time. […]

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New Map of Mars Shows Signs of Ancient Lakes and Quakes

December 15, 2014

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Signs of Ancient Mars Lakes and Quakes Seen in New Map

A new geological map based on NASA images shows signs of ancient lakes and quakes on Mars. This animation simulates a flyover of a portion of a Martian canyon detailed in a geological map produced by the U.S. Geological Survey and based on observations by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The landforms […]

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Curiosity Reveals Clues to How Water Helped Shape the Landscape of Mars

December 9, 2014

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New data from NASA’s Curiosity Rover indicate that Mount Sharp on Mars was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years, suggesting ancient Mars maintained a climate that could have produced long-lasting lakes at many locations on the Red Planet. “If our hypothesis for Mount Sharp holds up, […]

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NASA Prepares for Orion Flight Test and the Journey to Mars

December 2, 2014

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NASA Prepares to Send Humans to Mars

NASA scientists are developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and to Mars by the 2030s. In the not-too-distant future, astronauts destined to be the first people to walk on Mars will leave Earth aboard an Orion spacecraft. Carried aloft by the tremendous power of a Space Launch System rocket, […]

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Martian Rock Provides Clues to Wet History

November 19, 2014

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Textures in Rock Provide Evidence about Wet Environmental Conditions on Ancient Mars

This close-up image of a Martian rock has provided scientists with evidence about wet environmental conditions in the ancient past on Mars. This close-up view of a target rock called “Last Chance” was acquired by the microscopic imager on the arm of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on March 3, 2004, during the 39th Martian […]

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Research Shows Volcanism and Greenhouse Gas Could Have Warmed Mars

November 17, 2014

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Research Shows Warmth and Flowing Water on Early Mars

New research from Brown University and Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science shows that warmth and water flow on ancient Mars were probably episodic, related to brief periods of volcanic activity that spewed tons of greenhouse-inducing sulfur dioxide gas into the atmosphere. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Ample evidence of ancient rivers, streams, and lakes […]

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