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Stars and Stripes on Mars

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Curiosity on Mars

This view of the American flag medallion on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 44th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (Sept. 19, 2012).


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Light Toned Deposit in the Aureum Chaos Region on Mars

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Aureum Chaos Region

The HiRISE camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a light-toned deposit in Aureum Chaos

Video: NASA 360 Talks - Life on Mars

Video: NASA 360 Talks - Life on Mars Video in Story

Why is NASA on a historic journey to Mars? Evidence suggests that Earth's next-door neighbor once had perfect conditions for life... And may still. Don't you want to find out!?


Empty Promises On NASA's Road to Mars

Empty Promises On NASA's Road to Mars

These days you can't seem to go anywhere in the Internet without seeing #JourneyToMars slapped on Tweets about, well, everything that NASA does - regardless of how it is actually related to sending humans to Mars.


Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Enters Its 100th Orbit Around Mars

Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Enters Its 100th Orbit Around Mars

India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft is in its 100th orbit around Mars today (Start : June 22, 2015 End: June 25, 2015).


MarCO: First Interplanetary CubeSat Mission

MarCO: First Interplanetary CubeSat Mission Video in Story

When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars - a stationary lander in 2016 called InSight - the flight will include two CubeSats. This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space. If this flyby demonstration is successful, the technology will provide NASA the ability to quickly transmit status information about the main spacecraft after it lands on Mars.


New Study Favors Cold, Icy Early Mars

New Study Favors Cold, Icy Early Mars

The high seas of Mars may never have existed, according to a new study that looks at two opposite climate scenarios of early Mars and suggests that a cold and icy planet billions of years ago better explains water drainage and erosion features seen on the planet today.


Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Image of the Region Around Comas Sola Crater

Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Image of the Region Around Comas Sola Crater

This image shows the region around Comas Sola crater taken by Mars color camera (MCC) on board India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft.


Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Image of The Hesperia Planum Region

Mars Orbiter Spacecraft Image of The Hesperia Planum Region

This image shows part of the Hesperia Planum region, taken by Mars color camera (MCC) on board India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft.


Fresh Crater Near Sirenum Fossae Region of Mars

Fresh Crater Near Sirenum Fossae Region of Mars

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image on March 30, 2015.


The Effect of the Winds of Mars

The Effect of the Winds of Mars

Here on Earth, we are used to the wind shaping our environment over time, forming smooth, sculpted rocks and rippling dunes. In this way, Mars is more similar to Earth than you might expect.


Mars Insight Lander Testing Is Underway

Mars Insight Lander Testing Is Underway

Testing is underway on NASA's next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.


Is Siloe Patera an Impact Crater or a Supervolcano Caldera?

Is Siloe Patera an Impact Crater or a Supervolcano Caldera?

At first glance, the region covered by this latest Mars Express image release appears to be pockmarked with impact craters. But the largest structure among them may hold a rather explosive secret: it could be remains of an ancient supervolcano.


ExoMars 2016 Undergoes Vibration Testing

ExoMars 2016 Undergoes Vibration Testing

Europe's next spacecraft to Mars is seen undergoing vibration testing at Thales Alenia Space, in Cannes, France, in preparation for its launch next year.


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talkMARS: "The Future of Health and Medicine: Where Can Technology Take Us?" Video in Story

Dr. Daniel Kraft visited NASA Johnson Space Center to talk about his vision of the future of medical technologies.


UAE Unveils Mission Plan for the First Arab Space Probe to Mars

UAE Unveils Mission Plan for the First Arab Space Probe to Mars Video in Story

The blueprints and science goals for the first Arab mission to Mars have been revealed for the first time. The Emirates Mars Mission probe, named "Hope", will create mankind's first integrated model of the Red Planet's atmosphere.


Report Released: The Humans to Mars Report 2015

Report Released: The Humans to Mars Report 2015

The non-profit Explore Mars Inc. group today released its first annual Humans to Mars Report. According to Explore Mars the report "provides updates on challenges, plus progress in areas such as mission architecture design and development, scientific discoveries, policy, public perception, international cooperation and competition, and new private capabilities".


The Journey to Mars: 30 Minutes to Mars

The Journey to Mars: 30 Minutes to Mars Video in Story

NASA has robots and rovers on the surface of Mars and is planning on sending humans there as soon as technically possible, but there are steppingstones to getting there, conducting valuable scientific research, and returning home safely.



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