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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 [...]

HiRISE Gives NASA Eyes in the Martian Sky

HiRISE image of Curiosity’s landing area. Photo Credit: NASA

Curiosity, the car-sized rover that landed on Mars Sunday night, used possibly the most complicated landing systems ever devised. When engineers got confirmation that the rover was down Sunday night, they didn’t really know where it was or how exactly the landing had gone. They [...]

Curiosity's Landing: The View From Inside (the Press Hall)

The Sky Crane lowering Curiosity to the surface of Mars. It was the most complicated landing system NASA’s used for a planetary mission. Image Credit: NASA/JPL

We’ve all seen the “7 minutes of Terror” video. It’s exciting and it brilliantly captures just how complicated the one-ton Curiosity rover’s landing system is. What the video [...]