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Scars on Mars from 2012 Rover Landing Fade -- Usually

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Curiosity's Landing Site

A series of observations from Mars orbit show how dark blast zones that were created during the August 2012 landing of NASA's Curiosity rover have faded inconsistently.


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Ancient Martian Lake System Records Two Water-related Events

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Jezero Crater

Researchers from Brown University have completed a new analysis of an ancient Martian lake system in Jezero Crater, near the planet's equator.

MAVEN Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

MAVEN Detects Aurora and Mysterious Dust Cloud around Mars

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere.


Mars: The Planet That Lost an Ocean's Worth of Water

Mars: The Planet That Lost an Ocean's Worth of Water

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet's surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published today.


ISRO's Mars Orbiter Views Eos Chaos on Mars

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Views Eos Chaos on Mars

Images of Eos Chaos region of Mars taken by Mars color camera on board ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission on 5-2-2015 at a spatial resolution of 220 m from an altitude of 4403 km.


ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission Payload Views the Albedo of Mars

ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission Payload Views the Albedo of Mars

Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM) payload onboard MOM intends to detect the presence of Methane and measure the column density of the same.


Transient Short Circuit Temporarily Halts Curiosity

Transient Short Circuit Temporarily Halts Curiosity

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that halted a process of transferring sample material between devices on the rover's robotic arm.


Mars Hills Hide Icy Past

Mars Hills Hide Icy Past

A complex network of isolated hills, ridges and small basins spanning 1400 km on Mars is thought to hide large quantities of water-ice.


Strange Plumes Sighted On Mars

Strange Plumes Sighted On Mars

Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet.


Rover Walkabout: Curiosity Rover Report for February 12, 2015

Rover Walkabout: Curiosity Rover Report for February 12, 2015 Video in Story

Curiosity wraps up an investigation at Mars' Pink Cliffs while trying out a style of exploration used by geologists on Earth called "the walkabout."


Opportunity Rover Nears Mars Marathon Feat

Opportunity Rover Nears Mars Marathon Feat

In February 2015, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is approaching a cumulative driving distance on Mars equal to the length of a marathon race. This map shows the rover's position relative to where it could surpass that distance.


Cappuccino Swirls at Mars' South Pole

Cappuccino Swirls at Mars' South Pole

Swirls of chocolate, caramel and cream this image is definitely one to trigger sweet-toothed cravings.


Curiosity Rover at Pahrump Hills

Curiosity Rover at Pahrump Hills

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover can be seen at the "Pahrump Hills" area of Gale Crater in this view from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


Meteorite NWA 7034 May Represent Bulk Background of the Martian Crust

Meteorite NWA 7034 May Represent Bulk Background of the Martian Crust

NWA 7034, a meteorite found a few years ago in the Moroccan desert, is like no other rock ever found on Earth.


NASA Opportunity Rover: 11 Years on Mars and Counting

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The Mars Opportunity rover has driven 25.9 miles (41.7 kilometers) since it landed in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars on Jan. 25, 2004 (Universal Time, which was Jan. 24, PST). That is farther than any other off-Earth surface vehicle has driven.


Video: Mars Helicopter - Crazy Engineering

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JPL engineers are working on a small helicopter that could 'scout' a trail for future Mars rovers, but getting a chopper that could fly in the Martian atmosphere is tricky.


Opportunity's Panorama of Cape Tribulation

Opportunity's Panorama of Cape Tribulation

A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit


Mysteries in Nili Fossae

Mysteries in Nili Fossae

These new images from the high-resolution stereo camera on ESA's Mars Express show Nili Fossae, one of the most enticing regions on Mars.



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