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Evidence Of Dynamic Seasonal Activity On A Martian Sand Dune

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

A Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) scientist examined 11 Mars years of image data to understand the seasonal processes that create linear gullies on the slopes of the megadune in the Russell crater on Mars.


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The View From Mars' Jezero Crater

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New video from NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover chronicles major milestones during the final minutes of its entry, descent, and landing (EDL) on the Red Planet on Feb. 18 as the spacecraft plummeted, parachuted, and rocketed toward the surface of Mars. A microphone on the rover also has provided the first audio recording of sounds from Mars.

Perseverance Rover Sends Back A Landing Image

Perseverance Rover Sends Back A Landing Image

Less than a day after NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars, engineers and scientists at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California were hard at work, awaiting the next transmissions from Perseverance.


Perseverance Rover Safely Lands On Mars

Perseverance Rover Safely Lands On Mars

The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers).


Jezero Crater As Seen By Mars Express

Jezero Crater As Seen By Mars Express

On 18 February 2021, NASA's Perseverance rover is expected to arrive at Jezero impact crater, the site of a former lake on Mars. The High Resolution Stereo Camera on ESA's Mars Express has provided important context for the landing site and its surrounds.


Biotech Fit For The Red Planet

Biotech Fit For The Red Planet

NASA, in collaboration with other leading space agencies, aims to send its first human missions to Mars in the early 2030s, while companies like SpaceX may do so even earlier.


A New Timeline For Mars Terrains

A New Timeline For Mars Terrains

A Southwest Research Institute scientist has updated Mars chronology models to find that terrains shaped by ancient water activity on the planet's surface may be hundreds of millions of years older than previously thought.


Helping to Assure a Safe Rover Landing

Helping to Assure a Safe Rover Landing

After a nearly seven-month journey to Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover is slated to land at the Red Planet's Jezero Crater Feb. 18, 2021, a rugged expanse chosen for its scientific research and sample collection possibilities.


Water Ice Resources Identified In Martian Northern Hemisphere

Water Ice Resources Identified In Martian Northern Hemisphere

Areas featuring subsurface frozen water ice that could benefit future human explorers have been identified in the northern mid-latitudes of Mars, a new paper led by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Gareth A. Morgan says.


Where Should Future Astronauts Land on Mars? Follow the Water

Where Should Future Astronauts Land on Mars? Follow the Water

So you want to build a Mars base. Where to start?


Martian Landslides Caused by Underground Salts and Melting Ice?

Martian Landslides Caused by Underground Salts and Melting Ice?

A team of researchers led by SETI Institute Senior Research Scientist Janice Bishop, a member of the SETI Institute NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) team, has come up with a theory about what is causing landslides on the surface of Mars.


Could The Surface Of Phobos Reveal Secrets Of Mars' Past?

Could The Surface Of Phobos Reveal Secrets Of Mars' Past?

The Martian moon Phobos orbits through a stream of charged atoms and molecules that flow off the Red Planet's atmosphere, new research shows.


Perseverance Rover Is 22 Days From Mars Landing

Perseverance Rover Is 22 Days From Mars Landing

NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is just 22 days from landing on the surface of Mars.


Rocks Show That Mars Once Felt Like Iceland

Rocks Show That Mars Once Felt Like Iceland

Once upon a time, seasons in Gale Crater probably felt something like those in Iceland. But nobody was there to bundle up more than 3 billion years ago.


Mystery Of Martian Glaciers Revealed

Mystery Of Martian Glaciers Revealed

In a new paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academies of ScienceS (PNAS), planetary geologist Joe Levy, assistant professor of geology at Colgate University, reveals a groundbreaking new analysis of the mysterious glaciers of Mars.


Curiosity Rover Reaches Its 3,000th Day On Mars

Curiosity Rover Reaches Its 3,000th Day On Mars

As the rover has continued to ascend Mount Sharp, it's found distinctive benchlike rock formations.


NASA's Perseverance Rover Sample Tubes

NASA's Perseverance Rover Sample Tubes

Marvels of engineering, the rover's sample tubes must be tough enough to safely bring Red Planet samples on the long journey back to Earth in immaculate condition.


New Technology Can Get Oxygen, Fuel From Mars' Salty Water

New Technology Can Get Oxygen, Fuel From Mars' Salty Water

When it comes to water and Mars, there's good news and not-so-good news. The good news: there's water on Mars! The not-so-good news?



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