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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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NASA Discovers Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars

July 11, 2014

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NASA Discovers Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars

A new study details further evidence of dry ice gullies on Mars, revealing that the gullies on Mars’ surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water. Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars’ surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing […]

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NASA’s LDSD ‘Flying Saucer’ Readies for Test Flight

June 3, 2014

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NASA Readies Flying Saucer for First Test Flight

NASA’s flying saucer-shaped vehicle is ready for its first engineering test flight. The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions. NASA’s flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering […]

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Martian Slopes of Arsia Mons May Have Been Home to a Habitable Environment

May 28, 2014

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Slopes of Arsia Mons Volcano May Have Been Home to a Habitable Environment

New research from geologists at Brown University reveals that the slopes of the Martian volcano Arsia Mons may have been home to one of the most recent habitable environments yet discovered on Mars. Providence, Rhode Island – Brown University – The slopes of a giant Martian volcano, once covered in glacial ice, may have been […]

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Geochemical Meteorite Data Reveal How Mars Lost Its Water

April 29, 2014

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How Mars Lost Its Water

Using geochemical meteorite data to understand how the volume of water has changed on Mars over its history, a new study from the Tokyo Institute of Technology reveals that more than half of the initial water inventory was lost during the first 0.4 billion years and that as-yet unidentified reservoirs of water should exist on […]

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Martian Meteorites Yield Clues to the Planet’s Early Atmosphere

April 17, 2014

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Meteorites Provide Clues to Early Atmosphere of Mars

Using data from meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars, scientists investigate the chemical composition of the Martian atmosphere throughout history, and learn whether the planet has ever been hospitable to life. Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of […]

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