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Restoring Curiosity's Drilling Capabilities

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Testing Drilling Procedures

NASA's Curiosity rover could soon be drilling rocks on Mars again.


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Helicopter to Fly on Mars 2020 Mission

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Mars Helicopter

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on Mars.

Video: Fly Over Neukum Crater on Mars

Video: Fly Over Neukum Crater on Mars

This movie, based on images taken by ESA's Mars Express, showcases the 102 km wide Neukum Crater in the southern hemisphere of Mars.


2018 Humans to Mars Report Released at Humans to Mars Summit

2018 Humans to Mars Report Released at Humans to Mars Summit

"Now in its fourth year, the annual Humans to Mars Report (H2MR) has become one of the most influential publications in the space community", said Rick Zucker, Explore Mars' Vice President (Policy).


A Close Look At The Sands Of Mars

A Close Look At The Sands Of Mars

Using an onboard focusing process, the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) aboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity created this product by merging two to eight images previously taken by the MAHLI, located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm.


Insight Is On Its Way To Mars

Insight Is On Its Way To Mars

An Atlas V rocket lifted off at 7:05 a.m. EDT (4:05 a.m. PDT) from Space Launch Complex 3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, carrying NASA's InSight spacecraft.


ExoMars Returns First Images From New Orbit

ExoMars Returns First Images From New Orbit

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has returned the first images of the Red Planet from its new orbit.


Desiccation Cracks Reveal The Shape of Water on Mars

Desiccation Cracks Reveal The Shape of Water on Mars

As Curiosity rover marches across Mars, the red planet's watery past comes into clearer focus.


Marsquakes Could Shake Up Planetary Science

Marsquakes Could Shake Up Planetary Science

Starting next year, scientists will get their first look deep below the surface of Mars.


Insight Mars Lander Prepared For Launch

Insight Mars Lander Prepared For Launch

Inside the Astrotech processing facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, NASA's InSight spacecraft is rotated on a fixture for further testing.


Mars Curiosity Celebrates Sol 2,000

Mars Curiosity Celebrates Sol 2,000

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover just hit a new milestone: its two-thousandth Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet. An image mosaic taken by the rover in January offers a preview of what comes next.


Mars' Oceans Formed Early, Possibly Aided By Massive Volcanic Eruptions

Mars' Oceans Formed Early, Possibly Aided By Massive Volcanic Eruptions

A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million years earlier and were not as deep as once thought.


Asteroids and Comets Shower Mars with Organics

Asteroids and Comets Shower Mars with Organics

Asteroids and comets appear to be a much more important suppliers of organic molecules on Mars than expected.


Curiosity Tests a New Way to Drill on Mars

Curiosity Tests a New Way to Drill on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has conducted the first test of a new drilling technique on the Red Planet since its drill stopped working reliably.


Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different

Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different

NASA has a long and successful track record at Mars. Since 1965, it has flown by, orbited, landed and roved across the surface of the Red Planet. What can InSight -- planned for launch in May -- do that hasn't been done before?


Webb Space Telescope To Reveal Mars' Secrets

Webb Space Telescope To Reveal Mars' Secrets

The planet Mars has fascinated scientists for over a century. Today, it is a frigid desert world with a carbon dioxide atmosphere 100 times thinner than Earth's.


Opportunity Rover Hits 5,000 Sols On Mars - And Takes A Selfie

Opportunity Rover Hits 5,000 Sols On Mars - And Takes A Selfie

PSI Senior Scientist R. Aileen Yingst was in the driver's seat Feb. 15 directing the science activities for NASA's Opportunity Rover as it spent its 5,000th day exploring the Martian surface.


New Day for Longest-Working Mars Rover

New Day for Longest-Working Mars Rover

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded the dawn of the rover's 4,999th Martian day, or sol, with its Panoramic Camera (Pancam) on Feb. 15, 2018, yielding this processed, approximately true-color scene.



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