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Hear Sounds From Mars Captured by NASA's Perseverance Rover

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

Thanks to two microphones aboard NASA's Perseverance rover, the mission has recorded nearly five hours of Martian wind gusts, rover wheels crunching over gravel, and motors whirring as the spacecraft moves its arm.


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Perseverance Rover Sheds More Light on Jezero Crater's Watery Past

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Jezero Crater

Pictures from NASA's latest six-wheeler on the Red Planet suggest the area's history experienced significant flooding events.

Report: New Approach For NASA Missions to Prevent Contaminating Mars with Earth Life

Report: New Approach For NASA Missions to Prevent Contaminating Mars with Earth Life

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies criteria that could allow robotic missions to certain locations on Mars to be carried out with less restrictive "bioburden" requirements, which are designed to prevent the unintentional transport of Earth-based microbes to Mars.


HiRISE Spots Perseverance in South Séítah

HiRISE Spots Perseverance in South Séítah

The white speck is NASA's Perseverance rover in the "South Séítah" area of Mars' Jezero Crater.


Mars' Surface Shaped By Fast And Furious Floods From Overflowing Craters

Mars' Surface Shaped By Fast And Furious Floods From Overflowing Craters

On Earth, river erosion is usually a slow-going process.


NASA's Mars Fleet Lays Low As Sun Moves Between Earth and Red Planet

NASA's Mars Fleet Lays Low As Sun Moves Between Earth and Red Planet

NASA will stand down from commanding its Mars missions for the next few weeks while Earth and the Red Planet are on opposite sides of the Sun. This period, called Mars solar conjunction, happens every two years.


Using Seasons To Find Water For Future Mars Astronauts

Using Seasons To Find Water For Future Mars Astronauts

An international team of researchers has used seasonal variations to identify likely sub-surface deposits of water ice in the temperate regions of Mars where it would be easiest for future human explorers to survive.


Perseverance Takes A Selfie On Mars

Perseverance Takes A Selfie On Mars

Here, using its WATSON camera, NASA's Perseverance Mars rover took this selfie over a rock nicknamed "Rochette," on Sept.10, 2021, the 198th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.


InSight Finds Three Big Marsquakes, Thanks to Solar-Panel Dusting

InSight Finds Three Big Marsquakes, Thanks to Solar-Panel Dusting

The lander cleared enough dust from one solar panel to keep its seismometer on through the summer, allowing scientists to study the three biggest quakes they've seen on Mars.


Ingenuity Helicopter Captures a Mars Rock Feature in 3D

Ingenuity Helicopter Captures a Mars Rock Feature in 3D

NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter provided a 3D view of a rock-covered mound during its 13th flight on Sept. 4.


Take A 3D Spin On Mars And Track NASA's Perseverance Rover

Take A 3D Spin On Mars And Track NASA's Perseverance Rover

Two interactive web experiences let you explore the Martian surface, as seen by cameras aboard the rover and orbiters flying overhead.


NASA Confirms Thousands of Massive, Ancient Volcanic Eruptions on Mars

NASA Confirms Thousands of Massive, Ancient Volcanic Eruptions on Mars

Some volcanoes can produce eruptions so powerful they release oceans of dust and toxic gases into the air, blocking out sunlight and changing a planet's climate for decades.


Curiosity's Selfie At Mont Mercou

Curiosity's Selfie At Mont Mercou

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used two different cameras to create this selfie in front of Mont Mercou, a rock outcrop that stands 20 feet (6 meters) tall.


Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars' History

Perseverance Rover Collects Puzzle Pieces of Mars' History

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover successfully collected its first pair of rock samples, and scientists already are gaining new insights into the region.


First Mars Rock Sample Collected By Perseverance Rover

First Mars Rock Sample Collected By Perseverance Rover

NASA's Perseverance rover today completed the collection of the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil.


Perseverance Rover Successfully Cores Its First Rock

Perseverance Rover Successfully Cores Its First Rock

Perseverance will obtain additional imagery of the sample tube before potentially completing the process of collecting its first scientifically-selected Mars sample


Will It Be Safe For Humans To Fly To Mars?

Will It Be Safe For Humans To Fly To Mars?

Sending human travelers to Mars would require scientists and engineers to overcome a range of technological and safety obstacles.


NASA's Perseverance Plans Next Sample Attempt

NASA's Perseverance Plans Next Sample Attempt

The rover will abrade a rock this week, allowing scientists and engineers to decide whether that target would withstand its powerful drill.



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