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Record of Martian Ice Age Found in Mars' Polar Cap

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Mars' Polar Cap

Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the planet's north polar ice cap.


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Does Space Weather Cause Mysterious Mars Plumes?

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Mars Plumes

Mysterious high-rise clouds seen appearing suddenly in the martian atmosphere on a handful of occasions may be linked to space weather, say Mars Express scientists.

New View Of Mars From Hubble

New View Of Mars From Hubble

This new Hubble image of Mars reveals details as small as 20 to 30 miles across.


Humans to Mars Symposium Now Underway

Humans to Mars Symposium Now Underway Video in Story

The Humans to Mars Symposium is now underway. You can watch the conference live in the embedded video player below. You can find more information about the event at h2m.exploremars.org.


Curiosity Is Completing A Second Cycle of Martian Seasons

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover today completes its second Martian year since landing inside Gale Crater nearly four Earth years ago, which means it has recorded environmental patterns through two full cycles of Martian seasons.


Nili Fossae Region of Mars

Nili Fossae Region of Mars

The Nili Fossae region, located on the northwest rim of Isidis impact basin, is one of the most colorful regions of Mars.


Clues about Volcanoes Under Ice on Ancient Mars

Clues about Volcanoes Under Ice on Ancient Mars

Volcanoes erupted beneath an ice sheet on Mars billions of years ago, far from any ice sheet on the Red Planet today, new evidence from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests.


Second ExoMars Mission Launch Moved Back to 2020

Second ExoMars Mission Launch Moved Back to 2020

On 14 March 2016, the Roscosmos State Corporation and the European Space Agency (ESA) launched the jointly-developed ExoMars 2016 interplanetary mission


Full-Circle Vista from Naukluft Plateau on Mars

Full-Circle Vista from Naukluft Plateau on Mars

This mid-afternoon, 360-degree panorama was acquired by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on April 4, 2016, as part of long-term campaign to document the context and details of the geology and landforms along Curiosity's traverse since landing in August 2012.


SpaceX Will Start Going to Mars in 2018

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SpaceX announced today that it is going to start sending specially modified Dragon spacecraft aka "Red Dragon" to Mars as early as 2018.


Mars' Surface Revealed in Unprecedented Detail - Including Beagle-2

Mars' Surface Revealed in Unprecedented Detail - Including Beagle-2

The surface of Mars -- including the location of Beagle-2 -- has been shown in unprecedented detail by UCL scientists using a revolutionary image stacking and matching technique.


Opportunity Rover Sees a Martian Dust Devil

Opportunity Rover Sees a Martian Dust Devil

From its perch high on a ridge, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded this image of a Martian dust devil twisting through the valley below.


Mile-high Mars Mounds Built by Wind and Climate Change

Mile-high Mars Mounds Built by Wind and Climate Change

New research has found that wind carved massive mounds of more than a mile high on Mars over billions of years. Their location helps pin down when water on the Red Planet dried up during a global climate change event.


Video: ESA Euronews - Is there life on the Red Planet?

Video: ESA Euronews - Is there life on the Red Planet? Video in Story

The ExoMars spacecraft has blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to search for signs of life on the Red Planet.


Gravity Map Provides Insight To Mars' Interior Structure

Gravity Map Provides Insight To Mars' Interior Structure Video in Story

A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.


Europe's ExoMars Mission to Mars Launches

Europe's ExoMars Mission to Mars Launches Video in Story

A Russian Proton-M rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan launched the ExoMars mission in the early hours today.


Self Portrait at Bagnold Dune Field on Mars

Self Portrait at Bagnold Dune Field on Mars

The latest self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the car-size mobile laboratory beside a dark dune where it has been scooping and sieving samples of sand.


Driving up to the Naukluft Plateau on Mars

Driving up to the Naukluft Plateau on Mars

Sols 1273-1274: We are planning only 2 sols today because tactical operations will transition to nominal next week (working all 5 weekdays). On Sol 1273, Mastcam will acquire a multispectral image of the contact between the Murray and Stimson geologic units.



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