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Well-Preserved Impact Ejecta on Mars

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Impact Ejecta

This image of a well-preserved unnamed elliptical crater in Terra Sabaea, is illustrative of the complexity of ejecta deposits forming as a by-product of the impact process that shapes much of the surface of Mars.


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Earth and Its Moon as Seen From Mars

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Earth and Moon

From the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars comes a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on the planet and the relative size of the moon.

Growth of a Martian Trough Network

Growth of a Martian Trough Network

Erosion-carved troughs that grow and branch during multiple Martian years may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders," which are radially patterned channels found only in the south polar region of Mars.


First Detection of Boron on the Surface of Mars

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Boron has been identified for the first time on the surface of Mars, indicating the potential for long-term habitable groundwater in the ancient past.


ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Image of 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.


CaSSIS Sends First Images From Mars Orbit

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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.



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