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Unexpected Mineral Discovered On Mars

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Gale Crater

Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.


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ExoMars Observes Mars

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ExoMars View of Mars

ExoMars captured its first images of Mars this week as part of its preparations for arriving at the Red Planet in October.

Opportunity Is Ending Marathon Valley Studies

Opportunity Is Ending Marathon Valley Studies

"Marathon Valley," slicing through a large crater's rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA's Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover may soon move on.


Curiosity Descends Plateau and Turns Toward Mount Sharp

Curiosity Descends Plateau and Turns Toward Mount Sharp

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has analyzed its 12th drilled sample of Mars.


Mars Orbiters Reveal Seasonal Dust Storm Pattern

Mars Orbiters Reveal Seasonal Dust Storm Pattern

After decades of research to discern seasonal patterns in Martian dust storms from images showing the dust, but the clearest pattern appears to be captured by measuring the temperature of the Red Planet's atmosphere.


Frosted Dunes on Mars

Frosted Dunes on Mars

Sand dunes cover much of this terrain, which has large boulders lying on flat areas between the dunes.


Record of Martian Ice Age Found in Mars' Polar Cap

Record of Martian Ice Age Found in Mars' Polar Cap

Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the planet's north polar ice cap.


Does Space Weather Cause Mysterious Mars Plumes?

Does Space Weather Cause Mysterious Mars Plumes?

Mysterious high-rise clouds seen appearing suddenly in the martian atmosphere on a handful of occasions may be linked to space weather, say Mars Express scientists.


New View Of Mars From Hubble

New View Of Mars From Hubble

This new Hubble image of Mars reveals details as small as 20 to 30 miles across.


Humans to Mars Symposium Now Underway

Humans to Mars Symposium Now Underway Video in Story

The Humans to Mars Symposium is now underway. You can watch the conference live in the embedded video player below. You can find more information about the event at h2m.exploremars.org.


Curiosity Is Completing A Second Cycle of Martian Seasons

Curiosity Is Completing A Second Cycle of Martian Seasons Video in Story

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover today completes its second Martian year since landing inside Gale Crater nearly four Earth years ago, which means it has recorded environmental patterns through two full cycles of Martian seasons.


Nili Fossae Region of Mars

Nili Fossae Region of Mars

The Nili Fossae region, located on the northwest rim of Isidis impact basin, is one of the most colorful regions of Mars.


Clues about Volcanoes Under Ice on Ancient Mars

Clues about Volcanoes Under Ice on Ancient Mars

Volcanoes erupted beneath an ice sheet on Mars billions of years ago, far from any ice sheet on the Red Planet today, new evidence from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests.


Second ExoMars Mission Launch Moved Back to 2020

Second ExoMars Mission Launch Moved Back to 2020

On 14 March 2016, the Roscosmos State Corporation and the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the jointly-developed ExoMars 2016 interplanetary mission


Full-Circle Vista from Naukluft Plateau on Mars

Full-Circle Vista from Naukluft Plateau on Mars

This mid-afternoon, 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4, 2016, as part of long-term campaign to document the context and details of the geology and landforms along Curiosity's traverse since landing in August 2012.


SpaceX Will Start Going to Mars in 2018

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SpaceX announced today that it is going to start sending specially modified Dragon spacecraft aka "Red Dragon" to Mars as early as 2018.


Mars' Surface Revealed in Unprecedented Detail - Including Beagle-2

Mars' Surface Revealed in Unprecedented Detail - Including Beagle-2

The surface of Mars -- including the location of Beagle-2 -- has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique.


Opportunity Rover Sees a Martian Dust Devil

Opportunity Rover Sees a Martian Dust Devil

From its perch high on a ridge, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded this image of a Martian dust devil twisting through the valley below.



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