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Four Candidate Landing Sites for ExoMars 2018

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ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Options

Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of martian life, past or present.


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India's Mars Orbiter Image of Martian Dust Storms

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Martian Dust Storms

Regional dust storm activities over Northern Hemisphere of Mars - captured by Mars Color Camera on-board Mars Orbiter Spacecraft from altitude of 74500 km on Sep 28, 2014 High resolution image.

MAVEN Returns First Mars Observations

MAVEN Returns First Mars Observations

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has obtained its first observations of the extended upper atmosphere surrounding Mars.


India's Mars Orbiter Sends Back Its First Images

India's Mars Orbiter Sends Back Its First Images

India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has captured its first image of Mars. The image was taken from a height of 7300 km; with 376 m spatial resolution. Larger image. Another image shows the limb of Mars.


India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

India successfully placed its Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft into orbit around Mars this evening - and in so doing it became the first nation to put something into Mars orbit on its very first attempt.


MAVEN Enters Orbit Around Mars

MAVEN Enters Orbit Around Mars Video in Story

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.


MAVEN Is Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

MAVEN Is Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion Video in Story

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.


Curiosity Rover Arrives at Base of Mt. Sharp

Curiosity Rover Arrives at Base of Mt. Sharp Video in Story

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached the Red Planet's Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.


Mars Opportunity Rover's Long Tracks on Crater Rim

Mars Opportunity Rover's Long Tracks on Crater Rim Video in Story

From a ridgeline viewpoint, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recently recorded a scene looking back over its own tracks made from nearly half-a-mile (more than 700 meters) of southbound driving.


Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity

Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity

An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory.


Mars Rover Team Chooses Not to Drill 'Bonanza King'

Mars Rover Team Chooses Not to Drill 'Bonanza King'

Evaluation of a pale, flat Martian rock as the potential next drilling target for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover determined that the rock was not stable enough for safe drilling.


Hellas Basin: Mars Deep Down

Hellas Basin: Mars Deep Down

Scarring the southern highlands of Mars is one of the Solar System's largest impact basins: Hellas, with a diameter of 2300 km and a depth of over 7 km.


Rolling Boulder Captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Rolling Boulder Captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

A path resembling a dotted line from the upper left to middle right of this image is the track left by an irregularly shaped, oblong boulder as it tumbled down a slope on Mars before coming to rest in an upright attitude at the downhill end of the track. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recorded this view on July 3, 2014.


Frosty Gullies on Mars

Frosty Gullies on Mars

HiRISE monitoring has shown that gully formation on Mars occurs in winter and early spring in times and places with frost on the ground.


Preserving Ice from a Vanished Terrain

Preserving Ice from a Vanished Terrain

This HiRISE image shows what is termed a pedestal crater, so-called because the level of the surface adjacent to the crater is elevated relative to the surface of the surrounding terrain.


Curiosity Rover Report for August 5, 2014: A Softer Trek to Mount Sharp

Curiosity Rover Report for August 5, 2014: A Softer Trek to Mount Sharp Video in Story

On the second anniversary of landing, NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars is preparing to navigate through a series of sandy valleys on its way to Mount Sharp. The base of Mount Sharp sits 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the rover's current position.


ScienceCasts: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

ScienceCasts: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring Video in Story

Comet Siding Spring is about to fly historically close to Mars. The encounter could spark Martian auroras, a meteor shower, and other unpredictable effects. Whatever happens, NASA's fleet of Mars satellites will have a ringside seat.


Water-Bearing Rocks in Noctis Labyrinthus

Water-Bearing Rocks in Noctis Labyrinthus

The bright rocks in this image have minerals that contain water. These water-bearing minerals are found using the companion instrument on the MRO spacecraft called CRISM.



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