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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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New ESA Image of Craters within the Hellas Basin on Mars

August 18, 2014

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New Image of the Craters within the Hellas Basin of Mars

This newly released Mars Express image shows craters within the Hellas Basin in the southern highlands of Mars. Scarring the southern highlands of Mars is one of the Solar System’s largest impact basins: Hellas, with a diameter of 2300 km and a depth of over 7 km. Hellas is thought to have formed between 3.8 […]

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ScienceCast Video Examines the Possibility of Colliding Atmospheres between Mars and Comet Siding Spring

August 14, 2014

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New Video Examines the Possibility of Colliding Atmospheres between Mars and Comet Siding Spring

A new four minute ScienceCast video examines what might happen if the atmosphere of Comet Siding Spring, which is about to fly historically close to Mars, hits the atmosphere of Mars. ScienceCasts: Colliding Atmospheres – Mars vs Comet Siding Spring Comet Siding Spring is about to fly historically close to Mars. The encounter could spark […]

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Irregularly Shaped Boulder Rolls Down Martian Hill, Lands Upright

August 14, 2014

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New Mars Image Shows Rolling Boulder

A newly released image from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an irregularly shaped boulder that apparently rolled down a hill on Mars and stopped in an upright position. A track about one-third of a mile (500 meters) long on Mars shows where an irregularly shaped boulder careened downhill to its current […]

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Curiosity Rover Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop

August 4, 2014

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Curiosity Rover Nears Mountain Base Outcrop

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover is approaching its first close look at bedrock that is part of Mount Sharp, approaching a geological unit that’s part of the base of the mountain rather than the floor of the crater. As it approaches the second anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover is also approaching its […]

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