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ScanMars Demonstrates Water Detection Device for Astronauts on Mars

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ScanMars

Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water.


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Recent Tectonics on Mars

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Cerberus Fossae

These prominent trenches were formed by faults that pulled the planet's surface apart less than 10 million years ago.

ExoMars Highlights Radiation Risk for Mars Astronauts, Watches Dust Storm Subside

ExoMars Highlights Radiation Risk for Mars Astronauts, Watches Dust Storm Subside

Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red Planet


Frosty Crater On Mars

Frosty Crater On Mars

This image shows the south-facing rim of a pit crater at 68°S in the Sisyphi Planum region of Mars.


Curiosity Encounters Some Hard Rocks On Mars

Curiosity Encounters Some Hard Rocks On Mars

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge.


Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.


Where Martian Dust Comes From

Where Martian Dust Comes From

The dust that coats much of the surface of Mars originates largely from a single thousand-kilometer-long geological formation near the Red Planet's equator, scientists have found.


NASA Says Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-day Technology

NASA Says Mars Terraforming Not Possible Using Present-day Technology

Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories.


Mars Express Detects Liquid Water Under Mars' South Pole

Mars Express Detects Liquid Water Under Mars' South Pole

Evidence for the Red Planet's watery past is prevalent across its surface in the form of vast dried-out river valley networks and gigantic outflow channels clearly imaged by orbiting spacecraft.


Global Impact Of Massive Martian Dust Storm

Global Impact Of Massive Martian Dust Storm

In June, one of these dust events rapidly engulfed the planet. Scientists first observed a smaller-scale dust storm on May 30. By June 20, it had gone global.


Watching A Martian Dust Storm Roll In From Orbit

Watching A Martian Dust Storm Roll In From Orbit

The high resolution stereo camera on board ESA's Mars Express captured this impressive upwelling front of dust clouds - visible in the right half of the frame - near the north polar ice cap of Mars in April this year.


Studying Record-Setting Dust Storm on Mars

Studying Record-Setting Dust Storm on Mars

Worst dust storm in the history of human observation of Mars presents an unprecedented opportunity to study the critical weather pattern.


Lingering Frost On Mars' North Pole

Lingering Frost On Mars' North Pole

Mars' north polar layered deposits comprise a thick stack of icy layers.


Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Dust Storm Haze

Curiosity Captures Photos of Thickening Dust Storm Haze

A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations.


NASA Is Studying An Immense Martian Storm

NASA Is Studying An Immense Martian Storm

One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from the swirling dust.


Opportunity Rover Hit By Massive Martian Dust Storm

Opportunity Rover Hit By Massive Martian Dust Storm

NASA engineers attempted to contact the Opportunity rover today but did not hear back from the nearly 15-year old rover.


Meteorite Impact On Mars Causes An Avalanche

Meteorite Impact On Mars Causes An Avalanche

This HiRISE image captures a new, dated (within about a decade) impact crater that triggered a slope streak.


Mars Rover Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

Mars Rover Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

NASA engineers received a transmission from Opportunity on Sunday morning -- a positive sign despite the worsening dust storm.



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