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ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Image of Phobos

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Phobos

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has imaged the martian moon Phobos as part of a second set of test science measurements made since it arrived at the Red Planet on 19 October.


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CaSSIS Image

The Mars Camera, CaSSIS on the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter captured its first high resolution images of the Red Planet last week. The Bernese camera worked almost perfectly and has provided spectacular views of the surface.

Adamas Labyrinthus on Mars

Adamas Labyrinthus on Mars

This labyrinth-like system of troughs and plateaus was imaged by ESA's Mars Express on 21 June 2016.


IMU Issues May Have Led To ExoMars Schiaparelli Crash

IMU Issues May Have Led To ExoMars Schiaparelli Crash

Good progress has been made in investigating the ExoMars Schiaparelli anomaly of 19 October. A large volume of data recovered from the Mars lander shows that the atmospheric entry and associated braking occurred exactly as expected.


Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what's in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined.


Color Imagery of Schiaparelli Crash Site

Color Imagery of Schiaparelli Crash Site

New high-resolution images taken by a NASA orbiter show parts of the ExoMars Schiaparelli module and its landing site in colour on the Red Planet.


Unusual Region Leaves Clues to Mars' Past

Unusual Region Leaves Clues to Mars' Past

Researcher Don Hood from LSU and colleagues from collaborating universities studied an unusual region on Mars -- an area with high elevation called Thaumasia Planum.


Curiosity Checks Iron Meteorite On Mars

Curiosity Checks Iron Meteorite On Mars

Laser-zapping of a globular, golf-ball-size object on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover confirms that it is an iron-nickel meteorite fallen from the Red Planet's sky.


Video: Panel Discussion - Realizing Mars Sample Return through Human and Robotic Collaboration

Video: Panel Discussion - Realizing Mars Sample Return through Human and Robotic Collaboration Video in Story

This is Plenary 6, Realizing Mars Sample Return through Human and Robotic Collaboration, from the 67th International Astronautical Congress taking place in Guadalajara, Mexico which was recorded on September 29, 2016.


Schiaparelli Impact Site on Mars Viewed From Orbit

Schiaparelli Impact Site on Mars Viewed From Orbit

This Oct. 25, 2016, image shows the area where the European Space Agency's Schiaparelli test lander reached the surface of Mars, with magnified insets of three sites where components of the spacecraft hit the ground.


Schiaparelli Crash Site Located From Orbit

Schiaparelli Crash Site Located From Orbit

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to ESA's ExoMars Schiaparelli entry, descent and landing technology demonstrator module.


MAVEN Observes Water Escape from Mars

MAVEN Observes Water Escape from Mars

After investigating the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet for a full Martian year, NASA's MAVEN mission has determined that the escaping water does not always go gently into space.


ExoMars Schiaparelli Lander Likely Lost But Descent Data Valuable for ExoMars Rover Mission

ExoMars Schiaparelli Lander Likely Lost But Descent Data Valuable for ExoMars Rover Mission Video in Story

While the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has settled into a nominal orbit, the fate of the Schiaparelli lander seems sealed, with the Red Planet claiming another victim.


Trace Gas Orbiter Arrives At Mars But Schiaparelli's Fate Uncertain

Trace Gas Orbiter Arrives At Mars But Schiaparelli's Fate Uncertain

The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) of ESA's ExoMars 2016 has successfully performed the long 139-minute burn required to be captured by Mars and entered an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet.


Looking for Schiaparelli At Wharton Ridge

Looking for Schiaparelli At Wharton Ridge

On Wednesday 19 October the ExoMars Schiaparelli module will land on Mars at 10:48 am EDT. There is a chance that Opportunity may see it on the horizon as it descends.


Ultraviolet View of Mars From MAVEN

Ultraviolet View of Mars From MAVEN Video in Story

New global images of Mars from the MAVEN mission show the ultraviolet glow from the Martian atmosphere in unprecedented detail, revealing dynamic, previously invisible behavior.


What to Expect From Schiaparelli's Camera

What to Expect From Schiaparelli's Camera

As the ExoMars Schiaparelli module descends onto Mars on 19 October it will capture 15 images of the approaching surface. Scientists have simulated the view we can expect to see from the descent camera.


Schiaparelli Readied To Land on Mars

Schiaparelli Readied To Land on Mars

The commands that will govern the Schiaparelli lander's descent and touchdown on Mars have been uploaded to ESA's ExoMars spacecraft, enroute to the Red Planet.



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