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Drone Maps Icy Lava Tube in Iceland in Preparation for Cave Exploration on the Moon and Mars Video in Story

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Drone Maps Icy Lava Tube in Iceland in Preparation for Cave Exploration on the Moon and Mars.

The SETI Institute and Astrobotic Technology, Inc. are announcing the successful mapping in 3D of the interior of an ice-rich lava tube in Iceland using a LiDAR-equipped drone.


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Pathfinder May Have Explored the Edges Of An Early Mars Sea In 1997

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Pathfinder's Landing Site

NASA's first rover mission to Mars, the Pathfinder, imaged an extraterrestrial marine spillover landscape 22 years ago, according to a new paper by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Alexis Rodriguez.

Mars Camera CaSSIS Returns Image Of InSight On Mars

Mars Camera CaSSIS Returns Image Of InSight On Mars

Three years ago, on 14 March 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter spacecraft.


Opportunity's Last View Of Mars

Opportunity's Last View Of Mars

Over 29 days last spring, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity documented this 360-degree panorama from multiple images taken at what would become its final resting spot in Perseverance Valley.


SWIM Project Maps Potential Sources of Mars Water

SWIM Project Maps Potential Sources of Mars Water

Missions carrying humans to Mars will require on-site resources, and a project led by Planetary Science Institute (PSI) scientists Nathaniel Putzig and Gareth Morgan is mapping the availability of potential shallow water-ice sources across the surface of the Red Planet.


Signs Of Ancient Flowing Water On Mars

Signs Of Ancient Flowing Water On Mars

These images from ESA's Mars Express satellite show a branching, desiccated system of trenches and valleys, signs of ancient water flow that hint at a warmer, wetter past for the Red Planet.


NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA's return to the Red Planet.


Study Suggests Possibility of Recent Underground Volcanism on Mars

Study Suggests Possibility of Recent Underground Volcanism on Mars

A study published last year in the journal Science suggested liquid water is present beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars.


A Dune Field Near Nili Patera

A Dune Field Near Nili Patera

In this image many sand dunes are visible. They have an elongated crescent form and are called "barchan dunes." They are formed by the continuous action of the wind blowing in the same direction.


InSight's Seismometer Now Has a Cozy Shelter on Mars

InSight's Seismometer Now Has a Cozy Shelter on Mars

For the past several weeks, NASA's InSight lander has been making adjustments to the seismometer it set on the Martian surface on Dec. 19.


Curiosity Measures a Martian Mountain's Gravity

Curiosity Measures a Martian Mountain's Gravity

Apollo 17 astronauts drove a moon buggy across the lunar surface in 1972, measuring gravity with a special instrument. There are no astronauts on Mars, but a group of clever researchers realized they have just the tools for similar experiments with the Martian buggy they're operating.


Curiosity Says Farewell to Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge

Curiosity Says Farewell to Mars' Vera Rubin Ridge

NASA's Curiosity rover has taken its last selfie on Vera Rubin Ridge and descended toward a clay region of Mount Sharp.


Opportunity Rover Logs 15 Years On Mars

Opportunity Rover Logs 15 Years On Mars

NASA's Opportunity rover begins its 15th year on the surface of Mars today.


ExoMars Software Passes ESA Mars Yard Driving Test

ExoMars Software Passes ESA Mars Yard Driving Test

Navigation software destined for the ExoMars 2020 mission to the Red Planet has passed a rover-based driving test at ESA's 'Mars Yard'.


Snow Inside Korolev Crater On Mars

Snow Inside Korolev Crater On Mars

This image shows what appears to be a large patch of fresh, untrodden snow - a dream for any lover of the holiday season.


InSight Places A Seismometer On Mars

InSight Places A Seismometer On Mars

NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone.


InSight Engineers Have Made a Martian Rock Garden

InSight Engineers Have Made a Martian Rock Garden

NASA's InSight lander is due to set its first science instrument on Mars in the coming days. But engineers here on Earth already saw it happen -- last week.


Mars InSight Lander Seen in First Images from Space

Mars InSight Lander Seen in First Images from Space

On Nov. 26, NASA's InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on Mars.



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