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read the article 'NASA Mars Team Teaches Old Rovers New Tricks to Kick Off Year Four'
December 28, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's twin Mars rovers, nearing the third anniversary of their landings, are getting smarter as they get older. The unexpected longevity of Spirit and Opportunity is giving the space agency a chance to field-test on Mars some new capabilities useful both to these missions and future rovers.
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read the article 'NASA Names New Manager for MRO'
December 22, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has a new project manager. Jim Erickson, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., had been deputy project manager for the orbiter since early 2006. JPL's Jim Graf, who led the Mars robotic mission from development through flight to the red planet, is moving on to new challenges. He has joined JPL's Earth Science and Technology Directorate as deputy director.
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read the article 'Geologists Finding a Different Mars Underneath'
December 13, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars is showing scientists its older, craggier face buried beneath the surface, thanks to a pioneering sounding radar co-sponsored by NASA aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
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read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Read Layered Clues to Changes on Mars'
December 13, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Layers on Mars are yielding history lessons revealed by instruments flying overhead and rolling across the surface. Some of the first radar and imaging results from NASA's newest Mars spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, show details in layers of ice-rich deposits near the poles. Observed variations in the layers' thickness and composition will yield information about recent climate cycles on the red planet.
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read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Photographs Spirit and Vikings on the Ground'
December 4, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show three additional NASA spacecraft that have landed on Mars: the Spirit rover active on the surface since January 2004 and the two Viking landers that successfully reached the surface in 1976.
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read the article 'HiRISE Team Begins Releasing a Flood of Mars Images Over the Internet'
November 22, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

HiRISE Team Begins Releasing a Flood of Mars Images Over the Internet
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read the article 'NASA Orbiter Reveals New Details Of Mars, Young And Old'
October 16, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

During its first week of observations from low orbit, NASA's newest Mars spacecraft is already revealing new clues about both recent and ancient environments on the red planet.
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read the article 'NASA'S Mars Rover and Orbiter Team Examines Victoria Crater'
October 6, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's long-lived robotic rover Opportunity is beginning to explore layered rocks in cliffs ringing the massive Victoria crater on Mars.
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read the article 'NASA's New Mars Camera Gives Dramatic View of Planet'
September 29, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars is ready for its close-up. The highest-resolution camera ever to orbit Mars is returning low-altitude images to Earth from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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read the article 'Ground-Piercing Radar on NASA Mars Orbiter Ready for Work'
September 19, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has extended the long-armed antenna of its radar, preparing the instrument to begin probing for underground layers of Mars.
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read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reaches Planned Flight Path'
September 12, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has completed the challenging half-year task of shaping its orbit to the nearly circular, low-altitude pattern from which it will scrutinize the planet.
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read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Nears End of Aerobraking'
August 25, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun the final and fastest-paced portion of its "aerobraking" process of using friction with the top of Mars' atmosphere to shrink the spacecraft's orbit.
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read the article 'Pace Quickens for NASA Spacecraft Orbiting Mars'
June 19, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has already cut the size and duration of each orbit by more than half, just 11 weeks into a 23-week process of shrinking its orbit. By other indicators, the lion's share of the job lies ahead.
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read the article 'Mars Cameras Debut As NASA Craft Adjusts Orbit'
April 13, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Researchers today released the first Mars images from two of the three science cameras on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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read the article 'NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Craft Begins Adjusting Orbit'
March 31, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter yesterday began a crucial six-month campaign to gradually shrink its orbit into the best geometry for the mission's science work.
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read the article 'NASA's New Mars Orbiter Returns Test Images'
March 24, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first test images of Mars from NASA's newest spacecraft provide a tantalizing preview of what the orbiter will reveal when its main science mission begins next fall.
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read the article 'Robotic NASA Craft Begins Orbiting Mars for Most-Detailed Exam'
March 10, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

With a crucially timed firing of its main engines today, NASA's new mission to Mars successfully put itself into orbit around the red planet. The spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, will provide more science data than all previous Mars missions combined.
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read the article 'Fast-Talking NASA Spacecraft Starts Final Approach to Mars'
March 8, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun its final approach to the red planet after activating a sequence of commands designed to get the spacecraft successfully into orbit.
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read the article 'NASA's Next Leap in Mars Exploration Nears Arrival'
February 24, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As it nears Mars on March 10, a NASA spacecraft designed to examine the red planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit will point its main thrusters forward, then fire them to slow itself enough for Mars' gravity to grab it into orbit.
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What does it take to get a spacecraft from Earth all the way to Mars? There are a few key things to consider, as explained in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars?
What does it take to get a spacecraft from Earth all the way to Mars? There are a few key things to consider, as explained in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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At the center of this view of an area of mid-latitude northern Mars, a fresh crater about 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter holds an exposure of bright material, blue in this false-color image.
Exposed Ice in a Fresh Crater
At the center of this view of an area of mid-latitude northern Mars, a fresh crater about 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter holds an exposure of bright material, blue in this false-color image.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona




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