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Landing Region Chosen for InSight at T-Minus One Year to Red Planet Launch

In the weeks after NASA’s InSight mission reaches Mars in September 2016, the lander’s arm will lift two science instruments off the deck and place them onto the ground. This image shows testing of InSight’s robotic arm at JPL about two years before it will perform these tasks on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Killing Opportunity: Humans Do What Mars Can't

Mars Today! NASA’s Resilient Opportunity Rover Heading to Martian Science Treasure on Feb. 5, 2015. The rover operates just fine after 11 years on Mars, despite efforts by Earth-bound budget cutters to “Kill Opportunity.” This brand new view from atop Cape Tribulation was taken just after departing the summit and shows the down slope […]

NASA Gears Up Science Fleet for Once-In-A-Lifetime Flyby of Oort Cloud Comet With Mars

Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) hurtling towards encounter at Mars on Oct. 19, 2014 in this artist’s concept. Credit: NASA See cool encounter animation below

One week from today, NASA’s Red Planet armada is primed and ready with front row seats for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study an Oort cloud comet, as it makes […]

NASA Realigns Red Planet Armada to Reap Science Bonanza During Upcoming Comet Flyby and Protect Priceless Probes

This graphic depicts the orbit of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring as it swings around the Sun in 2014. On Oct. 19, 2014, the comet will have a very close pass at Mars. Its nucleus will miss Mars by about 82,000 miles (132,000 kilometers). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Earth’s invasion fleet at Mars is about to […]

NASA Solicits Commercial Mars Telecom Relay Proposals to Avoid Science Transmission Gap

Artist rendering of commercial Mars satellites providing communications back to Earth. Credit: NASA/JPL

Facing the undeniable reality of a looming communications gap in the 2020s in getting gigabits of precious data back from NASA’s highly productive science armada exploring Mars, the agency is now soliciting information on the potential for utilizing commercial Mars-orbiting telecommunications […]

Mars Odyssey Orbiter Repositioned to Observe Possible Water Processes on Martian Surface

An artist’s concept of NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft orbiting Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif.—in cooperation with Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver, Colo.—recently fired up the thrusters on the space agency’s longest-serving Mars explorer in an attempt to study the planet’s surface during Martian dawn. Mars […]

Mars Express Celebrates Ten Years at Mars With New Global Maps

var myQTObject = new QTObject( ‘http://wpc.50e6.edgecastcdn.net/8050E6/mmedia-http/download/public/videos/2013/05/049/1305_049_AR_EN.mp4′, ‘vvq-36853-quicktime-1′, ‘500’, ‘340’); myQTObject.addParam( ‘scale’, ‘aspect’ ); myQTObject.addParam( ‘autoplay’, ‘false’ ); myQTObject.addParam( ‘controller’, ‘true’ ); myQTObject.write();With all of the attention that NASA’s rovers Opportunity and Curiosity have been getting, and deservedly so, we might forget sometimes that there are still other spacecraft orbiting Mars as well. NASA’s Mars Odyssey […]

NASA Student Mars Project Wins Education Award

Since its launch in April 2001, and arrival at its destination six months later, Mars Odyssey has proven one of NASA’s most valuable emissaries to the Red Planet. Its reach has enabled it to scan the Martian seasons, communicate with surface rovers … and draw students of all ages into its mission of scientific […]

Past Oceans on Mars? Maybe - Maybe Not

Did Mars once have oceans? Dueling theories provide conflicting pasts for the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center

The debate over the history of water on Mars first began even before the first spacecraft flew by the planet. But after Mariner 4 scientists learned that Mars was currently devoid of […]

Martian Weather Provided Perfect Landing Conditions

This global map of Mars was acquired on Aug. 4, 2012, by the Mars Color Imager instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. One global map is generated each day to forecast weather conditions for the entry, descent and landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover. The atmosphere is clear and seasonal around Gale Crater, in agreement […]