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Next Launch TMA-16M on a Soyuz-FG rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
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27 Mar 15 19:42:59 GMT
28 Mar 15 1:42:59 ALMT
27 Mar 15 15:42:59 Eastern

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MAVEN Plunges to Ascertain Ancient Atmospheric Depletion at Mars

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft is depicted in orbit around an artistic rendition of planet Mars, which is shown in transition from its ancient, water-covered past to the cold, dry, dusty world that it has become today. Credit: NASA Story updated with additional comments from the science principal investigator

Sometimes you have to take the plunge […]

The Winds Still Blow in Thin but Active Martian Atmosphere

Mars’ atmosphere is much thinner now than it once was, but it still has clouds, as seen in this NASA photo, as well as fog, wind, dust storms and snow. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL

For any future astronauts who land on Mars, there is one piece of advice that shouldn’t even need to be said: […]

Giant Martian Dust Storm Grows, Shrinks, Fails to Bother Rovers

On Nov. 10 the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, using its Mars Color Imager instrument, observed a dust storm forming in the Utopia Planitia region. The storm quickly grew to a size of about 10.4 km², ultimately moving into the southern hemisphere reaching as far south as Promethei before weakening and becoming confined the the Hellas […]