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Transient Short Circuit Temporarily Halts Curiosity

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raw-color view from Curiosity's Mastcam

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that halted a process of transferring sample material between devices on the rover's robotic arm.


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Mars Hills Hide Icy Past

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Phlegra Montes

A complex network of isolated hills, ridges and small basins spanning 1400 km on Mars is thought to hide large quantities of water-ice.

Strange Plumes Sighted On Mars

Strange Plumes Sighted On Mars

Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.


Rover Walkabout: Curiosity Rover Report for February 12, 2015

Rover Walkabout: Curiosity Rover Report for February 12, 2015 Video in Story

Curiosity wraps up an investigation at Mars' Pink Cliffs while trying out a style of exploration used by geologists on Earth called "the walkabout."


Opportunity Rover Nears Mars Marathon Feat

Opportunity Rover Nears Mars Marathon Feat

In February 2015, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is approaching a cumulative driving distance on Mars equal to the length of a marathon race. This map shows the rover's position relative to where it could surpass that distance.


Cappuccino Swirls at Mars' South Pole

Cappuccino Swirls at Mars' South Pole

Swirls of chocolate, caramel and cream this image is definitely one to trigger sweet-toothed cravings.


Curiosity Rover at Pahrump Hills

Curiosity Rover at Pahrump Hills

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover can be seen at the "Pahrump Hills" area of Gale Crater in this view from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


Meteorite NWA 7034 May Represent Bulk Background of the Martian Crust

Meteorite NWA 7034 May Represent Bulk Background of the Martian Crust

NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth.


NASA Opportunity Rover: 11 Years on Mars and Counting

NASA Opportunity Rover: 11 Years on Mars and Counting Video in Story

The Mars Opportunity rover has driven 25.9 miles (41.7 kilometers) since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on Jan. 25, 2004 (Universal Time, which was Jan. 24, PST). That is farther than any other off-Earth surface vehicle has driven.


Video: Mars Helicopter - Crazy Engineering

Video: Mars Helicopter - Crazy Engineering Video in Story

JPL engineers are working on a small helicopter that could 'scout' a trail for future Mars rovers, but getting a chopper that could fly in the Martian atmosphere is tricky.


Opportunity's Panorama of Cape Tribulation

Opportunity's Panorama 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


Mysteries in Nili Fossae

Mysteries in Nili Fossae

These new images from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express show Nili Fossae, one of the most enticing regions on Mars.


NASA and Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to Work on Mars

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NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.


The View From Opportunity on Mars

The View From Opportunity on Mars

Opportunity just sent some photos back from Mars. We've stitched a few together to show the view. [Larger image] [Source images 1 2 3 4]


Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA's Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.


Cliffs at Claritas Rupes Escarpment on Mars

Cliffs at Claritas Rupes Escarpment on Mars

Although Mars is a very alien planet, some aspects of its geology are surprisingly familiar. This Mars Express image shows a snippet of a region of Mars filled with cliffs, trenches, faults, giant plateaus and volcanoes.


The Frosty Slopes on Mars

The Frosty Slopes on Mars

This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater.


Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

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 ice near its surface.



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