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2013

Dating Younger Rocks

Dating Younger Rocks - December 09, 2013

NASA's Curiosity has determined the age of a Martian rock and provided first readings of radiation on the surface of Mars.


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NASA Administrator Congratulates MAVEN Launch Team

NASA Administrator Congratulates MAVEN Launch Team - November 18, 2013

Following liftoff of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden congratulated the agency and contractor launch team.

Credit: NASA/KSC


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NASA's MAVEN Mars Mission Pre-Launch Hangout

NASA's MAVEN Mars Mission Pre-Launch Hangout - November 18, 2013

NASA Goddard hosted a live Google+ Hangout on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. EST about MAVEN, NASA's next mission to Mars.

MAVEN will examine the upper atmosphere of Mars in unprecedented detail. It's scheduled to launch no earlier than 1:28 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 18, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. MAVEN stands for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission, and it will examine specific processes on Mars that led to the loss of much of its atmosphere. Data and analysis could tell planetary scientists the history of climate change on the Red Planet and provide further information on the history of planetary habitability.

Panelists for this media briefing are:
-- Jim Morrissey, Instrument System Manager, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. -- Mehdi Benna, Instrument Scientist for the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. -- David Brain, MAVEN Co-Investigator, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder -- Jasper Halekas, Instrument Lead for the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer, University of California, Berkeley

Credit: NASA/GSFC


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NASA Manager Discusses MAVEN Launch

NASA Manager Discusses MAVEN Launch - November 18, 2013

Following liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft is on its way to the Red Planet. NASA officials discuss the launch and the mission.

Credit: NASA/KSC


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MAVEN Separates from Centaur Upper Stage

MAVEN Separates from Centaur Upper Stage - November 18, 2013

Following liftoff at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft separates from the Centaur upper stage as it begins a 10-month journey to explore the Red Planet's climate history.

Credit: NASA/KSC


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Liftoff of MAVEN

Liftoff of MAVEN - November 18, 2013

An Atlas V rocket lifts off at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.The mission is to send the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft on a 10-month journey to explore the Red Planet's climate history.

Credit: NASA/KSC


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MAVEN Ready for Launch

MAVEN Ready for Launch - November 18, 2013

NASA managers poll the launch team to ensure all is ready for the liftoff of an Atlas V at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.The mission is to boost the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft on a 10-month journey to explore the Red Planet's climate history.

Credit: NASA/KSC


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The MAVEN Countdown is Underway

The MAVEN Countdown is Underway - November 18, 2013

An Atlas V rocket is being prepared for liftoff at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41.The mission is to boost the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft on a 10-month journey to explore the Red Planet's climate history.

Credit: NASA/KSC


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MAVEN Rolls to the Launch Pad

MAVEN Rolls to the Launch Pad - November 18, 2013

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, spacecraft, mounted atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, rolls out from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Vertical Integration Facility to the pad at Space Launch Complex 41.

Credit: NASA/KSC


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MAVEN Processing in Minutes

MAVEN Processing in Minutes - November 15, 2013

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft went through weeks of processing to ensure it was ready for a 10-month trip to the Red Planet. Watch as time-lapse video condenses that to mere minutes.


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MAVEN to Explore Upper Atmosphere of Mars

MAVEN to Explore Upper Atmosphere of Mars - November 15, 2013

MAVEN, which stands for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, is a new NASA spacecraft embarking on a mission to study Mars' upper atmosphere, seeking to learn how the atmosphere and environment changed over time.


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NASA | MAVEN Mission to Mars

NASA | MAVEN Mission to Mars - November 15, 2013

NASA | MAVEN Mission to Mars


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NASA's MAVEN Prepared for Trip to Mars

NASA's MAVEN Prepared for Trip to Mars - November 15, 2013

NASA is preparing to launch a spacecraft to study the upper atmosphere of the planet Mars. It's called MAVEN or the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN.


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Mars Rover Teams Dub Sites In Memory of Bruce Murray

Mars Rover Teams Dub Sites In Memory of Bruce Murray - November 13, 2013

John Grotzinger, Curiosity’s principal investigator, narrates an aerial tour of the rover’s past, present and future traverses on the Red Planet.

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NASA | Mars Evolution

NASA | Mars Evolution - November 13, 2013

Billions of years ago when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a thick atmosphere that was warm enough to support oceans of liquid water - a critical ingredient for life. The animation shows how the surface of Mars might have appeared during this ancient clement period, beginning with a flyover of a Martian lake. The artist's concept is based on evidence that Mars was once very different. Rapidly moving clouds suggest the passage of time, and the shift from a warm and wet to a cold and dry climate is shown as the animation progresses. The lakes dry up, while the atmosphere gradually transitions from Earthlike blue skies to the dusty pink and tan hues seen on Mars today.

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MAVEN: NASA's Next Mission to Mars

MAVEN: NASA's Next Mission to Mars - November 12, 2013

Ancient riverbeds, crater lakes and flood channels all attest to Mars's warm, watery past. So how did the Red Planet evolve from a once hospitable world into the cold, dry desert that we see today? One possibility is that Mars lost its early atmosphere, allowing its water to escape into space, and NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft will investigate just that. On September 25, 2013, MAVEN Principal Investigator Bruce Jakosky delivered a presentation at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, discussing NASA's next mission to Mars.

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Curiosity Welcomes MAVEN to Mars

Curiosity Welcomes MAVEN to Mars - November 11, 2013

This animation is a shorter clip from the video 'Curiosity and Maven Explore Mars.' While Curiosity will not be able to see MAVEN as it arrives at Mars, the rover welcomes the orbiter's discoveries. Curiosity is able to study the lower Martian atmosphere, while MAVEN will study the upper, both to help understand the history of the Martian climate and Mars as a past habitat. Curiosity may be able to view MAVEN when its orbit passes over Gale Crater at dusk, similar to viewing a low-earth-orbiting (LEO) satellite around Earth. As a precedent, Mars rover Spirit captured the Mars Odyssey orbiter as a bright point in the Martian sky. MAVEN is larger and flies lower, and Curiosity's cameras are better, so this animation imagines a similar sighting. The animation ends with a celebration of MAVEN, which will help in understanding Mars' climate history and uncovering when and how long Mars may have had an environment more favorable to microbial life than found today.

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What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery

What Happened to Mars? A Planetary Mystery - November 08, 2013

Mars was once on track to become a thriving Earth-like planet, yet today it is an apparently lifeless wasteland. A NASA spacecraft named MAVEN will soon journey to Mars to find out what went wrong on the Red Planet.


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Curiosity and MAVEN Explore Mars

Curiosity and MAVEN Explore Mars - November 08, 2013

This animation first shows Curiosity working to understand Mars as a past habitat, with a cut to MAVEN arriving at Mars to study the upper Martian atmosphere. Curiosity will not be able to 'see' MAVEN on its arrival. Later in the mission, Curiosity may be able to view MAVEN when its orbit passes over Gale Crater at dusk, similar to viewing a low-earth-orbiting (LEO) satellite around Earth. As a precedent, Mars rover Spirit captured the Mars Odyssey orbiter as a bright point in the Martian sky. MAVEN is larger and flies lower, and Curiosity's cameras are better, so this animation imagines a similar sighting. The animation ends with a celebration of MAVEN, which will help in understanding Mars' climate history and uncovering when and how long Mars may have had an environment more favorable to microbial life than found today.

Credit: NASA/GSFC/JPL-Caltech

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MAVEN: Mars Atmospheric Loss: Plasma Processes

MAVEN: Mars Atmospheric Loss: Plasma Processes - November 06, 2013

Mars's thick early atmosphere was likely lost to space, and the Sun is a potential culprit. When high-energy solar photons strike the upper Martian atmosphere they can ionize gas molecules, causing the atmosphere to erode over time.

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Mars Atmospheric Loss: Neutral Processes

Mars Atmospheric Loss: Neutral Processes - November 05, 2013

Scientists think that the collision of neutral hydrogen molecules may have helped to drive the Martian atmosphere into space over billions of years.

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Leave the Driving to Autonav

Leave the Driving to Autonav - September 19, 2013

As NASA's Curiosity heads to Mount Sharp, the rover is using autonomous navigation to pick the best route.

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Mars' Moon Phobos Eclipses the Sun, as Seen by NASA Rover Curiosity

Mars' Moon Phobos Eclipses the Sun, as Seen by NASA Rover Curiosity - September 05, 2013

This video clip shows the larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passing directly in front of the sun, in an eclipse photographed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.

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Eclipse at Mars Casts Shadow Around Mars Rover Curiosity

Eclipse at Mars Casts Shadow Around Mars Rover Curiosity - September 05, 2013

When the Martian Moon Phobos passed in front of the sun, from the perspective of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, the rover recorded the eclipse in the sky as well as the shadow darkening the ground.

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The Odometer Keeps Turning

The Odometer Keeps Turning - August 22, 2013

While Curiosity continues to blaze a trail to Mount Sharp, the rover takes time to shoot a Martian moon movie.

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One Martian Moon Passes the Other

One Martian Moon Passes the Other - August 19, 2013

This video depicts NASA's Curiosity rover observing Mars' two moons, then shows one moon passing in front of the other.

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One Martian Moon Passes the Other

One Martian Moon Passes the Other - August 15, 2013

This sped-up movie from the Curiosity rover shows Phobos (the larger of Mars' two moons) passing in front of smaller Deimos.

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Curiosity: A Year of Discovery

Curiosity: A Year of Discovery - August 06, 2013

Curiosity revealed a lot about Mars in her first year exploring Gale Crater. Learn more about some of her remarkable discoveries in this video from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Happy Birthday Curiosity!

Happy Birthday Curiosity! - August 05, 2013

NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates its Martian birthday on August 5 (PDT), the day that it landed on Mars. In honor of this special occassion, engineers at Goddard Space Flight Center are using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument to "sing" Happy Birthday to Curiosity.

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Curiosity Rover: One Year on Mars

Curiosity Rover: One Year on Mars - August 02, 2013

A look at the challenges and achievements of Curiosity's first year on Mars.

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Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars

Twelve Months in Two Minutes; Curiosity's First Year on Mars - August 01, 2013

Here is a rover's eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity's first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013.

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Searching for Mars' Missing Atmosphere

Searching for Mars' Missing Atmosphere - July 18, 2013

MAVEN will use its Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer to study the interaction of neutral gases and ions in the Martian atmosphere with the solar wind, helping scientists to understand how Mars has lost its atmosphere over time.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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Trek to Mount Sharp Begins

Trek to Mount Sharp Begins - July 11, 2013

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity heads on the long journey to the mission's main destination, Mount Sharp.

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Proposed 2020 Mars Rover Science Goals

Proposed 2020 Mars Rover Science Goals - July 09, 2013

A team of scientists and engineers gives proposals for NASA's 2020 Mars rover mission.

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Phobos Passing Overhead

Phobos Passing Overhead - July 01, 2013

This movie clip shows Phobos, the larger of the two moons of Mars, passing overhead, as observed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity in a series of images centered straight overhead starting shortly after sunset. Phobos first appears near the lower center of the view and moves toward the top of the view. The clip runs at accelerated speed; the amount of time covered in it is about 27 minutes.

The 86 frames combined into this clip were taken by the rover's Navigation Camera (Navcam) on the 317th Martian day of Curiosity's work on Mars (June 28, 2013, PDT). The apparent ring about halfway between the center of the frames and the edges is an artifact of the imaging due to scattering of light inside the camera.

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Curiosity's Cameras

Curiosity's Cameras - June 13, 2013

Curiosity is at Point Lake on Mars and will snap pictures to send home. Find out more about the rover's 17 cameras, including why some shoot in color and others others take black-and-white images.

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Dry Ice Moves on Mars

Dry Ice Moves on Mars - June 11, 2013

Is frozen carbon dioxide a key to features in some Martian gullies? To find out, scientists grabbed a bag of dry ice and took a road trip.

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Rover Ready to Switch Gears

Rover Ready to Switch Gears - June 07, 2013

NASA's Curiosity rover switches to long-distance driving mode as she heads to Mount Sharp.

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Curiosity Mars Rover Drilling Into Its Second Rock

Curiosity Mars Rover Drilling Into Its Second Rock - June 05, 2013

This sequence of images from the Front Hazard-Avoidance Camera on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shows the rover drilling into rock target 'Cumberland.' The drilling was performed during the 279th Martian day, or sol, of the Curiosity's work on Mars (May 19, 2013). The video runs at accelerated speed and loops the sequence of images four times. The actual elapsed time is 25 minutes.

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MAVEN Teaser

MAVEN Teaser - May 17, 2013

Mars presents intriguing questions to scientists: How did the Red Planet become so desolate? Did Mars once look like Earth? How has it changed? The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN), set to launch in 2013, will explore the planet's atmosphere in search of answers.

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Rover Readies for Second Drilling

Rover Readies for Second Drilling - May 16, 2013

Curiosity prepares for a second drilling and a tutorial on the complicated choreography to get the drill sample to her instruments.

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'Spring Break' Over: Commanding Resumes

'Spring Break' Over: Commanding Resumes - May 09, 2013

Curiosity gets new software and new capabilities for the long trek to Mt. Sharp.

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Dare Mighty Things

Dare Mighty Things - April 24, 2013

The Curiosity rover mission to Mars is one of NASA's most complex and incredible successes. This 45-second trailer from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory takes you from designing and testing the rover to the thrilling landing and new views of the mysterious Red Planet.

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Mars' Bygone Atmosphere

Mars' Bygone Atmosphere - April 12, 2013

NASA's Curiosity finds that the Red Planet doesn't have the same atmosphere it used to.

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Inspiring Students to Build Robots

Inspiring Students to Build Robots - April 04, 2013

Bobak Ferdowsi, Curiosity flight director, shares a special message with students on building robots.

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MAVEN Magnetometer

MAVEN Magnetometer - March 29, 2013

When you navigate with a compass you can orient yourself thanks to Earth's global magnetic field. But on Mars, if you were to walk around with a compass it would haphazardly point from one anomaly to another, because the Red Planet does not possess a global magnetosphere. Scientists think that this lack of a protective magnetic field may have allowed the solar wind to strip away the Martian atmosphere over billions of years, and now NASA's MAVEN spacecraft will study this process in detail with its pair of ring core fluxgate magnetometers. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Dan Gallagher

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What Happens When the Sun Blocks our Signal?

What Happens When the Sun Blocks our Signal? - March 20, 2013

How can you communicate with Mars spacecraft when the Sun is in the way? Learn more about 'solar conjunction' in this 60-second video.

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Curiosity Rover Hits Paydirt

Curiosity Rover Hits Paydirt - March 15, 2013

Curiosity's analyzed rock sample proves ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

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Why is Curiosity Looking for Organics?

Why is Curiosity Looking for Organics? - March 06, 2013

Has Mars ever had the right ingredients for life? What are organic molecules, and what can they tell us about the history of Mars? Learn more in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Curiosity Collects First Rock Sample on Mars

Curiosity Collects First Rock Sample on Mars - February 21, 2013

Curiosity rover obtains the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet.

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Drilling into Mars

Drilling into Mars - February 20, 2013

This animation of NASA's Curiosity rover shows the complicated suite of operations involved in conducting the rover's first rock sample drilling on Mars and transferring the sample to the rover's scoop for inspection. The drilling and sample transfer took place on Feb. 8 and 20, 2013, or sols 182 and 193, Curiosity's 182nd and 193rd Martian days of operations.

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Video Clip of a Rover Rock-Drilling Demonstration at JPL

Video Clip of a Rover Rock-Drilling Demonstration at JPL - February 20, 2013

This video clip shows moments during a demonstration of drilling into a rock at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., with a test double of the Mars rover Curiosity. The drill combines hammering and rotation motions of the bit.

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Curiosity Drills on Mars

Curiosity Drills on Mars - February 15, 2013

NASA's Curiosity drills for first sample from inside a rock on Mars.

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Simulation of Martian Bedrock Drilling

Simulation of Martian Bedrock Drilling - February 09, 2013

This animation depicts NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drilling a hole to collect a rock-powder sample at a target site called "John Klein"

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Mars: Dry Ice and Dunes

Mars: Dry Ice and Dunes - January 24, 2013

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures the springtime thaw of seasonal carbon dioxide ice on Mars.

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Curiosity Finds Calcium-Rich Deposits

Curiosity Finds Calcium-Rich Deposits - January 18, 2013

NASA's Curiosity rover finds calcium deposits on Mars similar to those seen on Earth when water circulates in cracks and rock fractures.

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Curiosity Rover Gives Mars the Brush-Off

Curiosity Rover Gives Mars the Brush-Off - January 10, 2013

NASA's Curiosity rover dusts off a rock on Mars for the first time.

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