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

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

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.


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Mars Perseverance Rover's Rocket Arrives

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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.


Alabama High School Student Names NASA's Mars Helicopter

Alabama High School Student Names NASA's Mars Helicopter

Destined to become the first aircraft to attempt powered flight on another planet, NASA's Mars Helicopter officially has received a new name: Ingenuity.


Mars Helicopter Installed On Mars Perseverance Rover

Mars Helicopter Installed On Mars Perseverance Rover

NASA's Mars Helicopter is installed on the agency's Mars Perseverance rover inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on April 6, 2020.


NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Gets Balanced

NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Gets Balanced

The mission team performed a crucial weight-balancing test on the rover in preparation for this summer's history-making launch to the Red Planet.


Orbit Logic Tackles Autonomous Planning of Martian Swarms

Orbit Logic Tackles Autonomous Planning of Martian Swarms

Orbit Logic has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop the Mars/Interplanetary Swarm Design and Evaluation Framework (MISDEF) System.


NASA's Curiosity Team Operates A Mars Rover From Home

NASA's Curiosity Team Operates A Mars Rover From Home

For people who are able to work remotely during this time of social distancing, video conferences and emails have helped bridge the gap.


Wheels, Parachute Installed on Mars Perseverance Rover

Wheels, Parachute Installed on Mars Perseverance Rover

The assembly, test and launch operations team from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is working at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, making significant strides in preparing the agency's Mars Perseverance rover for its planned July 2020 launch.


Choosing Rocks On Mars To Bring To Earth

Choosing Rocks On Mars To Bring To Earth

If you could bring something back from Mars to Earth, what would you choose? This question is becoming reality, as ESA opens a call for scientists to join a NASA team working to determine which martian samples should be collected and stored by the Perseverance rover set to launch this Summer.


On Mars Or Earth, Biohybrid Can Turn Carbon Dioxide Into New Products

On Mars Or Earth, Biohybrid Can Turn Carbon Dioxide Into New Products

If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the settlers will need to manufacture on-planet a huge range of organic compounds, from fuels to drugs, that are too expensive to ship from Earth.


10.9 Million Names Aboard Perseverance Mars Rover

10.9 Million Names Aboard Perseverance Mars Rover

A placard commemorating NASA's "Send Your Name to Mars" campaign was installed on the Perseverance Mars rover on March 16, 2020, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Preflight Testing Of The Mars Helicopter

Preflight Testing Of The 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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