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Jezero Crater Announced As Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site

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NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search, during which every available detail of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet was scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community.


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The Sound Of A Sunrise On Mars

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Sunrise on Mars

Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a two-minute piece of music.

Landing Site Selected for UK ExoMars Rover

Landing Site Selected for UK ExoMars Rover

A group of scientists and engineers in Leicester has recommended Oxia Planum as the best landing site for the British-built Mars rover.


Mars InSight's Landing Site

Mars InSight's Landing Site

"If Elysium Planitia were a salad, it would consist of romaine lettuce and kale -- no dressing," said InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. "If it were an ice cream, it would be vanilla."


Lakes Formed Along the Northern Rim of Hellas Basin Throughout Mars' History

Lakes Formed Along the Northern Rim of Hellas Basin Throughout Mars' History

The northeastern rim region of Hellas impact basin, located in the southern hemisphere of Mars, contained numerous ephemeral lakes throughout Mars's history, a new study reveals.


Listening For Opportunity Will Continue

Listening For Opportunity Will Continue

After a review of the progress of the listening campaign, NASA will continue its current strategy for attempting to make contact with the Opportunity rover for the foreseeable future.


Mars Express Keeps an Eye on Curious Cloud

Mars Express Keeps an Eye on Curious Cloud

Since 13 September, ESA's Mars Express has been observing the evolution of an elongated cloud formation hovering in the vicinity of the 20 km-high Arsia Mons volcano, close to the planet's equator.


InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still

InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still

You don't need wheels to explore Mars.


NASA's First Image of Mars from a CubeSat

NASA's First Image of Mars from a CubeSat

NASA's MarCO mission was designed to find out if briefcase-sized spacecraft called CubeSats could survive the journey to deep space. Now, MarCO - which stands for Mars Cube One - has Mars in sight.


Workshop To Discuss Mars 2020 Landing Site Selection

Workshop To Discuss Mars 2020 Landing Site Selection

Hundreds of scientists and Mars-exploration enthusiasts will convene in a hotel ballroom just north of Los Angeles later this week to present, discuss and deliberate the future landing site for NASA's next Red Planet rover - Mars 2020.


Novel Technique Quickly Maps Young Ice Deposits and Formations on Mars

Novel Technique Quickly Maps Young Ice Deposits and Formations on Mars

A new investigative technique has shown the latitudinal distribution of ice-rich landforms on Mars.


How a Tiny Curiosity Motor Identified a Massive Martian Dust Storm

How a Tiny Curiosity Motor Identified a Massive Martian Dust Storm

There is no shortage of eyeballs, human and robotic, pointed at Mars. Scientists are constantly exploring the Red Planet from telescopes on Earth, plus the six spacecraft circling the planet from its orbit, and two roving its surface.


New Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Image Of Opportunity Rover

New Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Image Of Opportunity Rover

NASA still hasn't heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.


Phobos and Deimos May Have Come From Impacts On Mars

Phobos and Deimos May Have Come From Impacts On Mars

The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins.


ScanMars Demonstrates Water Detection Device for Astronauts on Mars

ScanMars Demonstrates Water Detection Device for Astronauts on Mars

Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water.


Recent Tectonics on Mars

Recent Tectonics on Mars

These prominent trenches were formed by faults that pulled the planet's surface apart less than 10 million years ago.


ExoMars Highlights Radiation Risk for Mars Astronauts, Watches Dust Storm Subside

ExoMars Highlights Radiation Risk for Mars Astronauts, Watches Dust Storm Subside

Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red Planet


Frosty Crater On Mars

Frosty Crater On Mars

This image shows the south-facing rim of a pit crater at 68°S in the Sisyphi Planum region of Mars.



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