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InSight Takes Its First Selfie

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InSight

NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie -- a mosaic made up of 11 images.


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InSight Hears The Winds Of Mars

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Mars As Seen By InSight

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet.

InSight Lander Flexes Its Arm

InSight Lander Flexes Its Arm

New images from NASA's Mars InSight lander show its robotic arm is ready to do some lifting.


ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Awaits Signals From InSight

ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Awaits Signals From InSight

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is all set to receive the first signals from InSight - NASA's latest inhabitant of Mars.


ExoMars Rover Prototype Trials In The Atacama Desert

ExoMars Rover Prototype Trials In The Atacama Desert

The sun set on a week of trials for the ExoMars rover prototype named Charlie (in the foreground). The first of two field trials for the mission, known as ExoFiT, took place in the Tabernas desert in Spain between 13-26 October.


Mars InSight Deploys Its Solar Panels

Mars InSight Deploys Its Solar Panels

The Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC), located on the robotic arm of NASA's InSight lander, took this picture of the Martian surface on Nov. 26, 2018, the same day the spacecraft touched down on the Red Planet.


InSight Lander Arrives on Mars

InSight Lander Arrives on Mars

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.


Phobos Got Its Grooves from Rolling Stones

Phobos Got Its Grooves from Rolling Stones

A new study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the surface of the Martian moon Phobos were made by rolling boulders blasted free from an ancient asteroid impact.


Jezero Crater Announced As Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site

Jezero Crater Announced As Mars 2020 Rover Landing Site

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.


The Sound Of A Sunrise On Mars

The Sound Of A 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.



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