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Full-Circle Vista from Naukluft Plateau on Mars

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Naukluft Plateau

This mid-afternoon, 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4, 2016, as part of long-term campaign to document the context and details of the geology and landforms along Curiosity's traverse since landing in August 2012.


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Red Dragon Heading For Mars

SpaceX announced today that it is going to start sending specially modified Dragon spacecraft aka "Red Dragon" to Mars as early as 2018.

Mars' Surface Revealed in Unprecedented Detail - Including Beagle-2

Mars' Surface Revealed in Unprecedented Detail - Including Beagle-2

The surface of Mars -- including the location of Beagle-2 -- has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique.


Opportunity Rover Sees a Martian Dust Devil

Opportunity Rover Sees a Martian Dust Devil

From its perch high on a ridge, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded this image of a Martian dust devil twisting through the valley below.


Mile-high Mars Mounds Built by Wind and Climate Change

Mile-high Mars Mounds Built by Wind and Climate Change

New research has found that wind carved massive mounds of more than a mile high on Mars over billions of years. Their location helps pin down when water on the Red Planet dried up during a global climate change event.


Video: ESA Euronews - Is there life on the Red Planet?

Video: ESA Euronews - Is there life on the Red Planet? Video in Story

The ExoMars spacecraft has blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to search for signs of life on the Red Planet.


Gravity Map Provides Insight To Mars' Interior Structure

Gravity Map Provides Insight To Mars' Interior Structure Video in Story

A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.


Europe's ExoMars Mission to Mars Launches

Europe's ExoMars Mission to Mars Launches Video in Story

A Russian Proton-M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan launched the ExoMars mission in the early hours today.


Self Portrait at Bagnold Dune Field on Mars

Self Portrait at Bagnold Dune Field on Mars

The latest self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the car-size mobile laboratory beside a dark dune where it has been scooping and sieving samples of sand.


Driving up to the Naukluft Plateau on Mars

Driving up to the Naukluft Plateau on Mars

Sols 1273-1274: We are planning only 2 sols today because tactical operations will transition to nominal next week (working all 5 weekdays). On Sol 1273, Mastcam will acquire a multispectral image of the contact between the Murray and Stimson geologic units.


Ten Years of Discovery by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Ten Years of Discovery by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Video in Story

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has revealed in unprecedented detail a planet that held diverse wet environments billions of years ago and remains dynamic today.


Close Comet Flyby Threw Mars' Magnetic Field Into Chaos

Close Comet Flyby Threw Mars' Magnetic Field Into Chaos

Just weeks before the historic encounter of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) with Mars in October 2014, NASA's MAVEN spacecraft entered orbit around the Red Planet.


The Southern Floor of Gale Crater

The Southern Floor of Gale Crater

This image along the southern interior floor of Gale Crater hosts many different landforms.


NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch window that begins May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018.


Great Tilt Gave Mars a New Face

Great Tilt Gave Mars a New Face

The surface of the planet Mars tilted by 20 to 25 degrees 3 to 3.5 billion years ago.


Encapsulating ExoMars For Launch

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With less than two weeks until the launch of ExoMars 2016, preparations are proceeding well and the spacecraft composite has now been encapsulated within the launcher fairing at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


MAVEN Observes Mars Moon Phobos in the Mid- and Far-Ultraviolet

MAVEN Observes Mars Moon Phobos in the Mid- and Far-Ultraviolet

NASA scientists are closer to solving the mystery of how Mars' moon Phobos formed.


Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling up a Ridge

Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling up a Ridge

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is working adeptly in some of the most challenging terrain of the vehicle's 12 years on Mars, on a slope of about 30 degrees.



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