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Take A Virtual Flight Over Korolev Crater On Mars

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This movie, based on images taken by ESA’s Mars Express, showcases the 82 km wide Korolev crater on Mars.

Located in the northern lowlands of the Red Planet, south of the large Olympia Undae dune field that partly surrounds Mars' north polar cap, this well-preserved impact crater is filled with water ice all year round.


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Mars Perseverance Rover Attached to Atlas V Rocket

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has been attached to the top of the rocket that will send it toward the Red Planet this summer.

InSight Flexes Its Arm While Its 'Mole' Hits Pause

InSight Flexes Its Arm While Its 'Mole' Hits Pause

NASA's InSight lander has been using its robotic arm to help the heat probe known as the "mole" burrow into Mars. The mission is providing the first look at the Red Planet's deep interior to reveal details about the formation of Mars and, ultimately, all rocky planets, including Earth.


The Ancient Lakeshore Of Jezero Crater On Mars

The Ancient Lakeshore Of Jezero Crater On Mars

Two recent studies based on ESA's Mars Express observations of Jezero crater have shed light on how and when this intriguing area formed - and identified the regions most likely to reveal signs of ancient life.


Mini-'Marsquakes' Measured By InSight Lander Show The Effects Of The Sun And Wind

Mini-'Marsquakes' Measured By InSight Lander Show The Effects Of The Sun And Wind

Compared with our own planet Earth, Mars might seem like a "dead" planet, but even there, the wind blows and the ground moves. On Earth, we study the ambient seismic noise rippling mainly due to ocean activity to peek underground at the structure of the Earth's interior. Can we do the same on Mars without ocean?


Mars Perseverance Prepared For Launch

Mars Perseverance Prepared For Launch

Inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Mars 2020 logo is installed on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V payload fairing on June 18, 2020. Secured inside the fairing is the agency's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover.


How NASA's Mars Helicopter Will Reach the Red Planet's Surface

How NASA's Mars Helicopter Will Reach the Red Planet's Surface

The small craft will seek to prove that powered, controlled flight is possible on another planet. But just getting it onto the surface of Mars will take a whole lot of ingenuity.


NASA Countdown to the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch

NASA Countdown to the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch Video in Story

On June 17 NASA leadership and a panel of scientists and engineers previewed the upcoming Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover mission.


Curiosity Rover Spots Earth and Venus - From Mars

Curiosity Rover Spots Earth and Venus - From Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover occasionally stops to stargaze. Recently, it captured a shot of Earth and Venus in the Red Planet's night sky.


ExoMars Spots Unique Green Glow Above Mars

ExoMars Spots Unique Green Glow Above Mars

On Earth, glowing oxygen is produced during polar auroras when energetic electrons from interplanetary space hit the upper atmosphere. This oxygen-driven emission of light gives polar auroras their beautiful and characteristic green hue.


MAVEN Maps Electric Currents around Mars that are Fundamental to Atmospheric Loss

MAVEN Maps Electric Currents around Mars that are Fundamental to Atmospheric Loss

Five years after NASA's MAVEN spacecraft entered into orbit around Mars, data from the mission has led to the creation of a map of electric current systems in the Martian atmosphere.


Mars Perseverance Rover's Rocket Arrives

Mars Perseverance Rover's Rocket Arrives

The United Launch Alliance booster for NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is offloaded from the Antonov 124 cargo aircraft at the Skid Strip at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida on May 19, 2020.


Curiosity Rover Finds Clues To Chilly Ancient Mars Buried In Rocks

Curiosity Rover Finds Clues To Chilly Ancient Mars Buried In Rocks

By studying the chemical elements on Mars today -- including carbon and oxygen -- scientists can work backwards to piece together the history of a planet that once had the conditions necessary to support life.


NASA's Perseverance Rover Goes Through Trials by Fire, Ice, Light and Sound

NASA's Perseverance Rover Goes Through Trials by Fire, Ice, Light and Sound

The agency's new Mars rover is put through a series of tests in vacuum chambers, acoustic chambers and more to get ready for the Red Planet.


What Is Mars Made Of?

What Is Mars Made Of?

Earth-based experiments on iron-sulfur alloys thought to comprise the core of Mars reveal details about the planet's seismic properties for the first time.


Perseverance Rover Mission Getting in Shape for Launch

Perseverance Rover Mission Getting in Shape for Launch

Engineers working on NASA's Perseverance rover mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida have begun the process of placing the Mars-bound rover and other spacecraft components into the configuration they'll be in as they ride on top of the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.


Mars Perseverance Descent Stage Preparations

Mars Perseverance Descent Stage Preparations

Engineers perform mass properties testing on the rocket-powered descent stage of NASA's Mars Perseverance rover at Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 2020.


NASA's Perseverance Rover Will Look at Mars Through These 'Eyes'

NASA's Perseverance Rover Will Look at Mars Through These 'Eyes'

A pair of zoomable cameras will help scientists and rover drivers with high-resolution color images.



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