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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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Spacecraft Reveal Siding Spring’s Effects on Martian Atmosphere

November 10, 2014

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NASA Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere

Data from several spacecraft have revealed that debris from Comet Siding Spring added a temporary and very strong layer of ions to the ionosphere of Mars, allowing scientists to make a direct connection from the input of debris from a specific meteor shower to the formation of this kind of transient layer in response. Two […]

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Curiosity Rover Provides First Confirmation of a Mineral Mapped from Orbit

November 5, 2014

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Curiosity Provides First Confirmation of a Mineral Mapped from Orbit

A sample of powdered rock extracted by the Curiosity rover’s drill from the “Confidence Hills” target has provided NASA scientists with the first confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit. “This connects us with the mineral identifications from orbit, which can now help guide our investigations as we climb the slope and test hypotheses derived […]

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MAVEN Spacecraft Set to Continue Mars Exploration

November 4, 2014

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MAVEN Continues Mars Exploration

The 10 month, 442 million mile trip is complete and the MAVEN spacecraft is set to continue the exploration of Mars that began 50 years ago. When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft arrived at the Red Planet on September 21, it marked the continuation of exploration of one of Earth’s nearest […]

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Hubble Views Comet Siding Spring Passing Mars

October 24, 2014

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Hubble Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars

This new composite image of comet Siding Spring was captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope as Sliding Spring made its never-before-seen close passage of Mars. Siding Spring, officially designated Comet C/2013 A1, made its closest approach to Mars at 2:28 p.m. EDT on October 19, at a distance of approximately 87,000 miles. That is about […]

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MAVEN Provides First Look at the Upper Atmosphere of Mars

October 15, 2014

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MAVEN Provides First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

NASA’s MAVEN mission has provided scientists with their first look at the upper atmosphere of Mars. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has provided scientists their first look at a storm of energetic solar particles at Mars, produced unprecedented ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet, […]

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MIT Assesses the Technical Feasibility of the Mars One Mission

October 14, 2014

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Assessing the Technical Feasibility of the Proposed Mars One Mission

A new independent assessment of the Mars One Mission from MIT engineers reveals that the project may have to take a step back, at least to reconsider the mission’s technical feasibility. In 2012, the “Mars One” project, led by a Dutch nonprofit, announced plans to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet by […]

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NASA Prepares For Comet’s Close Encounter with Mars

October 10, 2014

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NASA Prepares for Comet Siding Spring to Pass Mars

NASA is preparing its science fleet for comet Sliding Spring’s close encounter with Mars, which will occur on October 19 when Sliding Spring passes within about 87,000 miles of the Red Planet. NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet […]

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Curiosity Rover Drills First Sample From Mars Mountain

September 26, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Drills First Sample of Mars Mountain

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first drill sample from the base of Mount Sharp on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of the layered mountain whose scientific allure drew the mission to choose this part of Mars as a landing site. Late Wednesday, September 24, the rover’s hammering drill […]

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First Mars Observations from NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft

September 25, 2014

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MAVEN Spacecraft Returns First Mars Observations

The above images are the first first observations of the extended upper atmosphere from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars. The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument obtained these false-color images eight hours after the successful completion of Mars […]

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MAVEN Spacecraft Successfully Enters Mars’ Orbit

September 22, 2014

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Animation Shows MAVEN Orbiting Mars

After a 10-month journey, NASA has confirmed that the MAVEN spacecraft has successfully entered Mars’ orbit. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first […]

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NASA MAVEN Spacecraft Prepares for Mars Orbit-Insertion Maneuver

September 18, 2014

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MAVEN Ready for Mars Orbit Insertion

Launched last November, the MAVEN spacecraft is now preparing for an orbit-insertion maneuver that will allow the spacecraft to be pulled into an elliptical orbit of Mars with a period of 35 hours. NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled September 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month […]

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