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read the article 'Astronomers Monitor Asteroid to Pass Near Mars'
December 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As expected, scientists at JPL's Near-Earth Object Office have further refined the trajectory estimate for asteroid 2007 WD5 and ruled out any possibility of a Mars impact on Jan. 30.
read the article 'Astronomers Monitor Asteroid to Pass Near Mars' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Alignment on December 24, 2007'
December 20, 2007

This is a special day that happens only every 26 months when Earth is exactly between the Sun and Mars. Find out more about opposition and experiment with Mars and Earth in their orbits.
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read the article 'Spectrometer on NASA Orbiter Maps Minerals at Possible Landing Sites'
October 19, 2007
Source: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Scientists scouting potential landing sites for NASA's next Mars rover mission are using new data from a powerful mineral-mapping camera to narrow the site selection.
read the article 'Spectrometer on NASA Orbiter Maps Minerals at Possible Landing Sites' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Orbiter Provides Color Views of Mars Landing Site Candidates'
October 10, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Less than a year since beginning the prime science phase of its mission, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has passed a mission-success milestone for the amount of data returned.
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Provides Color Views of Mars Landing Site Candidates' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Project Changes Respond to Cost Increases, Keep Mars Program On Track'
September 17, 2007

In early June 2007, the Mars Science Laboratory project completed its project-wide Critical Design Review (CDR), which marks the completion of the project's design phase and transition into the build up of flight hardware.
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory Project Changes Respond to Cost Increases, Keep Mars Program On Track' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Shutterbugs Shoot 'Scarecrow''
June 27, 2007

On June 19, 2007, media visited JPL's newly expanded outdoor Mars Yard where rovers train for future planetary missions. Visitors were treated to a test drive of the "Scarecrow" rover.
read the article 'Shutterbugs Shoot 'Scarecrow'' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory - Less Than a Year from Assembly and Testing Phase'
May 10, 2007

The 2009 Mars Science Laboratory, the mammoth grandchild of the 1997 Sojourner rover, is less than one year from the assembly, test and launch operations phase (ATLO).
read the article 'Mars Science Laboratory - Less Than a Year from Assembly and Testing Phase' Read More

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7:02 a.m. PST, Nov. 26, 2011
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