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Mars Curiosity Rover Selfie With a Sand Dune

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The latest self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the car-size mobile laboratory beside a dark dune where it has been scooping and sieving samples of sand.


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Slip Face on Downwind Side of Namib Sand Dune on Mars

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Namib Sand Dune on Mars

This view from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover shows the downwind side of "Namib Dune," which stands about 13 feet (4 meters) high.

Full-Circle Panorama Beside Namib Dune on Mars

Full-Circle Panorama Beside Namib Dune on Mars

This view of the downwind face of "Namib Dune" on Mars covers 360 degrees, including a portion of Mount Sharp on the horizon.


Starburst Spider Patterns at the South Pole of Mars

Starburst Spider Patterns at the South Pole of Mars

Mars' seasonal cap of carbon dioxide ice has eroded many beautiful terrains as it sublimates (goes directly from ice to vapor) every spring.


ExoMars 2016 Schiaparelli Module in Baikonur

ExoMars 2016 Schiaparelli Module in Baikonur

On 14 March, the launch window opens for ExoMars 2016, ESA's next mission to Mars, composed of the Trace Gas Orbiter and Schiaparelli.


Full Disc of Mars As Seen by India's Mars Orbiter

Full Disc of Mars As Seen by India's Mars Orbiter

This image of Mars full disc captured from a distance of 55,000 km by India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft.


Video: Humans to Mars Landing Zones

Video: Humans to Mars Landing Zones Video in Story

This concept animation shows just one of many potential concepts for how the first human landing site on Mars might evolve throughout the course of multiple human expeditions to the Red Planet over a decade or more


NASA Suspends 2016 Launch of InSight Mission to Mars

NASA Suspends 2016 Launch of InSight Mission to Mars

After thorough examination, NASA managers have decided to call off the planned March 2016 launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission.


High Concentrations of Silica Indicate Considerable Water Activity on Mars

High Concentrations of Silica Indicate Considerable Water Activity on Mars

A group of scientists revealed that the Curiosity rover found much higher concentrations of silica at some sites the rover has investigated in the past seven months than anywhere else it has visited since landing on Mars 40 months ago.


Namib Dune, Gale Crater, Mars

Namib Dune, Gale Crater, Mars

This image was taken by Mastcam: Left (MAST_LEFT) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 1194 (2015-12-16 01:59:11 UTC).


Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles for Mars Rover Team

Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles for Mars Rover Team

In detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers. In this case, the scene is a mountain on Mars.


Curiosity Reaches Martian Sand Dunes

Curiosity Reaches Martian Sand Dunes

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has begun an up-close investigation of dark sand dunes up to two stories tall. The dunes are on the rover's trek up the lower portion of a layered Martian mountain.


Olympus Mons As Seen By ISRO's Mars Orbiter

Olympus Mons As Seen By ISRO's Mars Orbiter

Olympus Mons is the largest volcano in the solar systems.


Sharonov Crater As Seen By ISRO's Mars Orbiter

Sharonov Crater As Seen By ISRO's Mars Orbiter

Sharonov crater is an impact crater of size 100 km located in Lunae Palus Quadrangle of Mars.


European Payload Selected for ExoMars 2018 Surface Platform

European Payload Selected for ExoMars 2018 Surface Platform

Two European instruments and four European contributions on two Russian instruments have been selected for the Russian-led science platform that will land on Mars as part of the ESARoscosmos ExoMars 2018 mission.


ExoMars Prepares to Leave Europe for its Launch Site

ExoMars Prepares to Leave Europe for its Launch Site

The two ExoMars spacecraft of the 2016 mission are being prepared for shipping to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan ahead of their launch in March.


The Missing Carbon From the Mars' Atmosphere

The Missing Carbon From the Mars' Atmosphere

Mars is blanketed by a thin, mostly carbon dioxide atmosphere -- one that is far too thin to keep water from freezing or quickly evaporating.


Mars Will Lose A Moon But Gain a Ring

Mars Will Lose A Moon But Gain a Ring

Mars' largest moon, Phobos, is slowly falling toward the planet, but rather than smash into the surface, it likely will be shredded and the pieces strewn about the planet in a ring like the rings encircling Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.



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