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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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Martian Meteorite Reveals the Possibility of Life on Mars

September 15, 2014

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Meteorite Reveals the Possibility of Life on Mars

An unusual feature embedded deep within a fragment of a Martian meteorite is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars. The finding of a ‘cell-like’ structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration between scientists in the UK and Greece. Their findings are […]

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Arrives at Mount Sharp

September 12, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Arrives at Mount Sharp

After 2 years and roughly 9 kilometers of driving, NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has arrived at the base of Mount Sharp to begin a new phase of exploration. NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet’s Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission’s long-term […]

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MAVEN Spacecraft Makes Final Preparations for Mars Orbit-Insertion Maneuver

September 9, 2014

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MAVEN Spacecraft Makes Final Preparations For Mars

This two minute video details how NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft will use a dramatic engine burn to pull the spacecraft into an elliptical orbit with Mars when it arrives at the Red Planet on September 21, 2014. On September 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and […]

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New Curiosity Image from ‘Bonanza King’ Target

August 20, 2014

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Curiosity Image of Bonanza King Target

This newly released image from NASA’s Curiosity Rover shows a gray patch of rock material at the “Bonanza King” location. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover used the Dust Removal Tool on its robotic arm to brush aside reddish, more-oxidized dust, revealing a gray patch of less-oxidized rock material at a target called “Bonanza King,” visible in […]

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