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A Step Closer to Solving the Methane Mystery on Mars

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Methane

Scientists have taken an important step towards revealing the mysterious source of methane on Mars, by refining estimates of the gas in the planet's atmosphere.


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Mars Express Examines Terra Cimmeria

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Terra Cimmeria

ESA's Mars Express has captured the cosmic contrast of Terra Cimmeria, a region in the southern highlands of Mars marked by impact craters, water-carved valleys, and sand and dust in numerous chocolate and caramel hues.

New Views From Gale Crater By Mars Curiosity

New Views From Gale Crater By Mars Curiosity

It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers) and ascended 1,207 feet (368 meters) to its current location. Along the way, Curiosity discovered Mars had the conditions to support microbial life in the ancient past, among other things.


Dust Storms Swirl At The North Pole of Mars

Dust Storms Swirl At The North Pole of Mars

ESA's Mars Express has been keeping an eye on local and regional dust storms brewing at the north pole of the Red Planet over the last month, watching as they disperse towards the equator.


Mars 2020 Rover Gets Its Wheels

Mars 2020 Rover Gets Its Wheels

In this image, taken on June 13, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, install the starboard legs and wheels -- otherwise known as the mobility suspension -- on the Mars 2020 rover.


A Fresh Impact Crater On Mars

A Fresh Impact Crater On Mars

An impressionist painting? No, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed at most between September 2016 and February 2019.


Meteors Help Martian Clouds Form

Meteors Help Martian Clouds Form

How did the Red Planet get all of its clouds? CU Boulder researchers may have discovered the secret: just add meteors.


The Mast Is Raised for NASA's Mars 2020 Rover

The Mast Is Raised for NASA's Mars 2020 Rover

In this image, taken on June 5, 2019, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, take a moment after attaching the remote sensing mast to the Mars 2020 rover in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility's High Bay 1 clean room.


Mars Helicopter Testing Enters Final Phase

Mars Helicopter Testing Enters Final Phase

NASA's Mars Helicopter flight demonstration project has passed a number of key tests with flying colors. In 2021, the small, autonomous helicopter will be the first vehicle in history to attempt to establish the viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet.


How Webb Will Explore Mars

How Webb Will Explore Mars

In the summer of 2018, a dust storm blanketed the entire planet Mars. From the surface, the Sun would have looked like tiny orb in a murky brown sky.


InSight Images Clouds on Mars

InSight Images Clouds on Mars

NASA's InSight used its Instrument Context Camera (ICC) beneath the lander's deck to image these drifting clouds at sunset


Curiosity Finds a Clay Cache On Mars

Curiosity Finds a Clay Cache On Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has confirmed that the region on Mars it's exploring, called the "clay-bearing unit," is well deserving of its name.


Strange Martian Mineral Deposit Likely Sourced From Volcanic Explosions

Strange Martian Mineral Deposit Likely Sourced From Volcanic Explosions

Ashfall from ancient volcanic explosions is the likely source of a strange mineral deposit near the landing site for NASA's next Mars rover, a new study finds.


Mars 2020 Mission Drops In on Death Valley

Mars 2020 Mission Drops In on Death Valley

On a test flight in Death Valley, California, an Airbus helicopter carried an engineering model of the Lander Vision System (LVS) that will help guide NASA's next Mars mission to a safe touchdown on the Red Planet.


On Mars, Sands Shift To A Different Drum

On Mars, Sands Shift To A Different Drum

Wind has shaped the face of Mars for millennia, but its exact role in piling up sand dunes, carving out rocky escarpments or filling impact craters has eluded scientists until now.


How The Sun Pumps Out Water From Mars Into Space

How The Sun Pumps Out Water From Mars Into Space

Russian and German physicists have offered an explanation for the new data obtained by Martian satellites, capturing the "escape" of hydrogen atoms from the upper Martian atmosphere into outer space.


Why This Martian Full Moon Looks Like Candy

Why This Martian Full Moon Looks Like Candy

For the first time, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has caught the Martian moon Phobos during a full moon phase.


Mars Winds Clean InSight's Solar Planels

Mars Winds Clean InSight's Solar Planels

The same winds that blanket Mars with dust can also blow that dust away. Catastrophic dust storms have the potential to end a mission, as with NASA's Opportunity rover.



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