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Layers and Dark Dunes on the Surface of Mars

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Image

This image of a circular depression on the surface of Mars was acquired on Jan. 5, 2015 by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).


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Giant Leap - The Race to Mars and Back.

Slate, Future Tense, and Lockheed Martin hosted the forum "Giant Leap: The Race to Mars and Back" with two panels of experts talking about Mars as the next destination for human exploration.

Mars Has Belts of Glaciers Consisting of Frozen Water

Mars Has Belts of Glaciers Consisting of Frozen Water

Several satellites orbit Mars and on satellite images, researchers have been able to observe the shape of glaciers just below the surface.


Kicking The Can Down the Road to Mars

Kicking The Can Down the Road to Mars

I just listened to 45 minutes of NASA presentations at the NASA Advisory Committee's Human Exploration and Operations Committee Meeting. The topic: radiation risks during a human mission to Mars. I have seen this movie before.


Prominent Veins at Garden City on Mount Sharp, Mars

Prominent Veins at Garden City on Mount Sharp, Mars

Two-tone mineral veins at a site NASA's Curiosity rover has reached by climbing a layered Martian mountain offer clues about multiple episodes of fluid movement. These episodes occurred later than the wet environmental conditions that formed lake-bed deposits the rover examined at the mountain's base.


Curiosity Sniffs Out the History of the Martian Atmosphere

Curiosity Sniffs Out the History of the Martian Atmosphere

NASA's Curiosity rover is using a new experiment to better understand the history of the Martian atmosphere by analyzing xenon.


Scars on Mars from 2012 Rover Landing Fade -- Usually

Scars on Mars from 2012 Rover Landing Fade -- Usually

A series of observations from Mars orbit show how dark blast zones that were created during the August 2012 landing of NASA's Curiosity rover have faded inconsistently.


Ancient Martian Lake System Records Two Water-related Events

Ancient Martian Lake System Records Two Water-related Events

Researchers from Brown University have completed a new analysis of an ancient Martian lake system in Jezero Crater, near the planet's equator.


MAVEN Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

MAVEN Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.


Mars: The Planet That Lost an Ocean's Worth of Water

Mars: The Planet That Lost an Ocean's Worth of Water

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet's surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published today.


ISRO's Mars Orbiter Views Eos Chaos on Mars

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Views Eos Chaos on Mars

Images of Eos Chaos region of Mars taken by Mars color camera on board ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission on 5-2-2015 at a spatial resolution of 220 m from an altitude of 4403 km.


ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission Payload Views the Albedo of Mars

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission Payload Views the Albedo of Mars

Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM) payload onboard MOM intends to detect the presence of Methane and measure the column density of the same.


Transient Short Circuit Temporarily Halts Curiosity

Transient Short Circuit Temporarily Halts Curiosity

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that halted a process of transferring sample material between devices on the rover's robotic arm.


Mars Hills Hide Icy Past

Mars Hills Hide Icy Past

A complex network of isolated hills, ridges and small basins spanning 1400 km on Mars is thought to hide large quantities of water-ice.


Strange Plumes Sighted On Mars

Strange Plumes Sighted On Mars

Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.


Rover Walkabout: Curiosity Rover Report for February 12, 2015

Rover Walkabout: Curiosity Rover Report for February 12, 2015 Video in Story

Curiosity wraps up an investigation at Mars' Pink Cliffs while trying out a style of exploration used by geologists on Earth called "the walkabout."


Opportunity Rover Nears Mars Marathon Feat

Opportunity Rover Nears Mars Marathon Feat

In February 2015, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is approaching a cumulative driving distance on Mars equal to the length of a marathon race. This map shows the rover's position relative to where it could surpass that distance.


Cappuccino Swirls at Mars' South Pole

Cappuccino Swirls at Mars' South Pole

Swirls of chocolate, caramel and cream this image is definitely one to trigger sweet-toothed cravings.



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