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Preflight Testing Of The Mars Helicopter

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Mars Helicopter

Functional testing of NASA's Mars Helicopter and its cruise stage occurred in the airlock inside Kennedy Space Center's Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility on March 10, 2020.


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ExoMars Rover Launch Delayed Until 2022

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ExoMars Rover

The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Roscosmos Space Corporation have decided to postpone the launch of the second ExoMars mission to study the Red Planet to 2022.

Curiosity Reaches New Heights On Mars

Curiosity Reaches New Heights On Mars

Sols 2696-2698: Made it!: Kudos to our rover drivers for making it up the steep, sandy slope below the "Greenheugh pediment" (visible in the left side of the above image) and delivering us to a stretch of geology we had our eyes on even before we landed in Gale crater!


The Dark Dunes Of Mars: Moreux Crater

The Dark Dunes Of Mars: Moreux Crater

Known for its wide swathes of rippling, textured, gently sloping dunes, the Terra Sabaea region on Mars is home to many fascinating geological features - including the prominent Moreux crater, the star of a new image from ESA's Mars Express.


Virginia Middle School Student Names NASA's Next Mars Rover

Virginia Middle School Student Names NASA's Next Mars Rover

NASA's next Mars rover has a new name -- Perseverance.


Mars Curiosity Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet

Mars Curiosity Rover Snaps Its Highest-Resolution Panorama Yet

NASA's Curiosity rover has captured its highest-resolution panorama yet of the Martian surface.


A Year of Surprising Science From NASA's InSight Mars Mission

A Year of Surprising Science From NASA's InSight Mars Mission

A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers published today reveal a planet alive with quakes, dust devils and strange magnetic pulses.


Magnetic Field At Martian Surface Ten Times Stronger Than Expected

Magnetic Field At Martian Surface Ten Times Stronger Than Expected

New data gleaned from the magnetic sensor aboard NASA's InSight spacecraft is offering an unprecedented close-up of magnetic fields on Mars


First Direct Seismic Measurements Of Mars Reveal A Geologically Active Planet

First Direct Seismic Measurements Of Mars Reveal A Geologically Active Planet

The first reports of seismic activity and ground vibrations on Mars are in. The red planet has a moderate level of seismic activity, intermediate between Earth and the Moon.


Staring into a Pit On Mars

Staring into a Pit On Mars

This observation was meant to examine a pit identified in a Context Camera image to see if HiRISE could resolve any details inside.


The Mars 2020 Rover Is Being Prepared For Launch

The Mars 2020 Rover Is Being Prepared For Launch

The Mars 2020 rover undergoes processing inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Feb. 14, 2020.


Journey To The Center Of Mars

Journey To The Center Of Mars

While InSight's seismometer has been patiently waiting for the next big marsquake to illuminate its interior and define its crust-mantle-core structure, two scientists, Takashi Yoshizaki (Tohoku University) and Bill McDonough (Tohoku University and University of Maryland, College Park) have built a new compositional model for Mars.


The Topography of Nilosyrtis Mensae

The Topography of Nilosyrtis Mensae

This colour-coded topographic image shows a region of Mars' surface named Nilosyrtis Mensae, based on data gathered by the Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera on 29 September 2019 during orbit 19908.


Mars 2020 Rover Arrives At Its Launch Site

Mars 2020 Rover Arrives At Its Launch Site

The Mars 2020 rover is offloaded from a C-17 aircraft at the Launch and Landing Facility, formerly known as the Shuttle Landing Facility, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 12, 2020.


SwRI Models Hint At A Longer Timescale For Mars' Formation

SwRI Models Hint At A Longer Timescale For Mars' Formation

The early solar system was a chaotic place, with evidence indicating that Mars was likely struck by planetesimals, small protoplanets up to 1,200 miles in diameter, early in its history.


North Polar Changes over 6 Mars Years

North Polar Changes over 6 Mars Years

MRO has been observing Mars for 6 Mars Years (MY), each of which lasts for 687 Earth days.


Mars Curiosity Loses Its Orientation

Mars Curiosity Loses Its Orientation

Knowing where our bodies are helps us move through the world.


Putting Mars 2020 Pieces Together

Putting Mars 2020 Pieces Together

The Mars 2020 rover heat shield is mated to the back shell in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 10, 2020.



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