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Opportunity's Panorama of Cape Tribulation

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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


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Mysteries in Nili Fossae

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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.

NASA and Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to Work on Mars

NASA and Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to Work on Mars Video in Story

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.


The View From Opportunity on Mars

The View From Opportunity on Mars

Opportunity just sent some photos back from Mars. We've stitched a few together to show the view. [Larger image] [Source images 1 2 3 4]


Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

The UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander, which hitched a ride on ESA's Mars Express mission and was lost on Mars since 2003, has been found in images taken by a NASA orbiter at the Red Planet.


Cliffs at Claritas Rupes Escarpment on Mars

Cliffs at Claritas Rupes Escarpment on Mars

Although Mars is a very alien planet, some aspects of its geology are surprisingly familiar. This Mars Express image shows a snippet of a region of Mars filled with cliffs, trenches, faults, giant plateaus and volcanoes.


The Frosty Slopes on Mars

The Frosty Slopes on Mars

This image of an area on the surface of Mars, approximately 1.5 by 3 kilometers in size, shows frosted gullies on a south-facing slope within a crater.


Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

Meteoritic Evidence of Mars Water Reservoir

NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface.


SAM Instrument Makes First Detection of Organic Matter on Mars

SAM Instrument Makes First Detection of Organic Matter on Mars Video in Story

The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars.


NASA's MAVEN Mission Identifies Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss

NASA's MAVEN Mission Identifies Links in Chain Leading to Atmospheric Loss

Early discoveries by NASA's newest Mars orbiter are starting to reveal key features about the loss of the planet's atmosphere to space over time.


Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'

Mount Sharp Buttes and Layers From Near 'Darwin'

This view from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows dramatic buttes and layers on the lower flank of Mount Sharp.


How Water Helped Shape Mars' Landscape

How Water Helped Shape Mars' Landscape Video in Story

Observations by NASA's Curiosity Rover indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.


Mars: To Boldly Stay

Mars: To Boldly Stay Video in Story

NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay studies the most extreme parts of Earth to understand how life might survive in other perts of the universe. But he's also studying another life form living in space: humans.


Western University Mars Images Captured by HiRISE

Western University Mars Images Captured by HiRISE

The team of Western University space explorers investigating the surface of Mars with the largest telescope ever used for a deep space mission released its first two images today.


Infographic: NASA's Journey to Mars

Infographic: NASA's Journey to Mars Video in Story

NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy, also issued in 2010.


Mars: Hellas Basin Chaos

Mars: Hellas Basin Chaos

Hellas Chaos, in the southern central part of the giant Hellas basin, stretches roughly 200 km north-south and for about 500 km in an east-west direction.


Mars, Like Earth, Has Macroweather

Mars, Like Earth, Has Macroweather

Weather, which changes day-to-day due to constant fluctuations in the atmosphere, and climate, which varies over decades, are familiar.


Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere

Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere

Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet's nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosphere.



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