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read the article 'NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Mars 2020 Rover Mission'
August 25, 2016
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NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for a mission that will address high-priority science goals for the agency's Journey to Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Test for Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None'
August 23, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to new findings from a NASA Mars orbiter.
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Feature
read the article 'Full-Circle Vista from NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Shows 'Murray Buttes''
August 19, 2016

Eroded mesas and buttes reminiscent of the U.S. Southwest shape part of the horizon in the latest 360-degree color panorama from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
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read the article 'NASA Rover Game Released for Curiosity's Anniversary'
August 3, 2016

Nearing the fourth anniversary of Curiosity landing on Mars, the rover works on collecting a 17th sample, while Earthlings can play a new social media game about Mars exploration.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Gullies Likely Not Formed by Liquid Water'
July 29, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/JHUAPL

New findings using data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show that gullies on modern Mars are likely not being formed by flowing liquid water. This new evidence will allow researchers to further narrow theories about how Martian gullies form, and reveal more details about Mars' recent geologic processes.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own'
July 21, 2016

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover autonomously selects some targets for the laser and telescopic camera of its ChemCam instrument. For example, on-board software analyzed the Navcam image at left, chose the target indicated with a yellow dot, and pointed ChemCam for laser shots and the image at right.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA Selects Five Mars Orbiter Concept Studies'
July 18, 2016

NASA has selected five U.S. aerospace companies to conduct concept studies for a potential future Mars orbiter mission. Such a mission would continue key capabilities including telecommunications and global high-resolution imaging in support of the agency's Journey to Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch'
July 15, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet in February 2021.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA to Discuss Next Mars Rover on Facebook Live'
July 14, 2016

NASA will host a Facebook Live event at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Friday, July 15, to talk about the science and technology aboard NASA's next Mars rover, Mars 2020, and the significant step the agency is taking on its Journey to Mars, proceeding with final design and construction of the robotic explorer.
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Press Release
read the article 'Frosty Cold Nights Year-Round on Mars May Stir Dust'
July 8, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Some dusty parts of Mars get as cold at night year-round as the planet's poles do in winter, even regions near the equator in summer, according to new NASA findings based on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter observations.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues about Possible Water'
July 7, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Puzzles persist about possible water at seasonally dark streaks on Martian slopes, according to a new study of thousands of such features in the Red Planet's largest canyon system.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA to Host Media Events Marking Anniversary of First Mars Landing'
July 7, 2016

NASA is celebrating the first successful landing on Mars by a U.S. spacecraft – Viking 1 -- with a history discussion from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, July 19, and a Viking 40th anniversary symposium 8 a.m. to 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
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Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Resumes Full Operations'
July 6, 2016

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is resuming full operations today, following work by engineers to investigate why the rover put itself into a safe standby mode on July 2. The rover team brought Curiosity out of safe mode on July 9.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise'
June 30, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Some of the wind-sculpted sand ripples on Mars are a type not seen on Earth, and their relationship to the thin Martian atmosphere today provides new clues about the atmosphere's history.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-like Martian Past'
June 27, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA Weighs Use of Rover to Image Potential Mars Water Sites'
June 24, 2016

Ever since it was announced that there may be evidence of liquid water on present-day Mars, NASA scientists have wondered how best to further investigate these long, seasonally changing dark streaks in the hope of finding evidence of life -- past or present -- on the Red Planet
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Scientists Discover Unexpected Mineral on Mars'
June 22, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.
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Feature
read the article 'Rover Opportunity Wrapping up Study of Martian Valley'
June 14, 2016

"Marathon Valley," slicing through a large crater's rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA's Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover may soon move on.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain'
June 13, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has analyzed its 12th drilled sample of Mars. This sample came from mudstone bedrock, which the rover resumed climbing in late May after six months studying other features.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiters Reveal Seasonal Dust Storm Pattern'
June 9, 2016

After decades of research to discern seasonal patterns in Martian dust storms from images showing the dust, but the clearest pattern appears to be captured by measuring the temperature of the Red Planet's atmosphere.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Radar Finds Ice Age Record in Mars' Polar Cap'
May 26, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the planet's north polar ice cap.
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Feature
read the article 'Hubble Takes Mars Portrait Near Close Approach'
May 19, 2016

On May 12, 2016, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured this striking image of Mars, when the planet was 50 million miles from Earth.
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Press Release
read the article 'Second Cycle of Martian Seasons Completing for Curiosity Rover'
May 11, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has completed its second Martian year since landing in 2012, recording environmental patterns through two full cycles of Martian seasons.
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Feature
read the article 'Found: Clues about Volcanoes Under Ice on Ancient Mars'
May 3, 2016

Volcanoes erupted beneath an ice sheet on Mars billions of years ago, far from any ice sheet on the Red Planet today, new evidence from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggests.
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Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau'
April 27, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission's 44 months on Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Seeks Industry Ideas for an Advanced Mars Satellite'
April 21, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA Wins Webby Awards'
April 6, 2016

NASA's principal website received its eighth Webby Award nomination for government website, and the agency's social media team has received its second nomination for NASA's social media presence.
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Feature
read the article 'Mars Longevity Champion Launched 15 Years Ago'
April 5, 2016

The NASA spacecraft that was launched 15 years ago this week carried the name 2001 Mars Odyssey and the hopes for reviving a stymied program of exploring the Red Planet.
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Press Release
read the article 'Rover Takes on Steepest Slope Ever Tried on Mars'
March 31, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is driving to an alternative hillside target after a climb on the steepest slope ever tackled by any Mars rover. Opportunity could not quite get within reach of a target researchers hoped the rover could touch earlier this month.
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read the article ''Mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth'
March 30, 2016

What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars? A group of researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been working on methods to take this question from the realm of imagination to the mind-bending domain of mixed reality.
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Feature
read the article 'New Gravity Map Gives Best View Yet Inside Mars'
March 21, 2016

A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet.
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read the article 'Europe's New Mars Mission Bringing NASA Radios Along'
March 14, 2016

Two NASA radios aboard the European Space Agency's Mars mission that launched today are engineered to provide communication relay service for rovers and landers on Mars.
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read the article 'NASA Selects Scientists for Mars Rover Research Projects'
March 11, 2016

NASA has selected 28 researchers as participating scientists for the Curiosity Mars rover mission, including six newcomers to the rover's science team.
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Press Release
read the article 'Ten Years of Discovery by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter'
March 9, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

True to its purpose, the big NASA spacecraft that began orbiting Mars a decade ago this week has delivered huge advances in knowledge about the Red Planet.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission'
March 9, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch window that begins May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018.
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read the article 'Close Comet Flyby Threw Mars' Magnetic Field Into Chaos'
March 9, 2016

Just weeks before the historic encounter of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) with Mars in October 2014, NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft entered orbit around the Red Planet.
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Press Release
read the article 'MAVEN Observes Mars Moon Phobos in the Mid- and Far-Ultraviolet'
March 1, 2016
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA scientists are closer to solving the mystery of how Mars’ moon Phobos formed.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Revisit NASA's Mars Pathfinder and Rover (360 View)'
February 26, 2016

Use your mouse or mobile device to explore the site on the Red Planet where NASA's first Mars rover mission, Pathfinder, landed in 1997.
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Press Release
read the article 'Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling up a Ridge'
February 25, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is working adeptly in some of the most challenging terrain of the vehicle's 12 years on Mars, on a slope of about 30 degrees.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Celebrating Women in Science'
February 12, 2016

Women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory pose for a photo in mission control in honor of Women in Science Day.
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Press Release
read the article 'Exotic Cosmic Locales Available as Space Tourism Posters'
February 10, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Fourteen space travel posters of colorful, exotic cosmic settings are now available free for downloading and printing.
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Feature
read the article 'Mars Landing Pioneer Elected To National Academy of Engineering'
February 9, 2016

Adam Steltzner, a JPL engineer who helped pioneer the breakthrough technique for landing a one-ton rover on Mars, is being honored with admission into the National Academy of Engineering.
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Feature
read the article 'Six CubeSats with JPL Contributions Chosen for SLS Flight'
February 2, 2016

The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 low-cost CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018.
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Feature
read the article 'Sandy Selfie Sent from NASA Mars Rover'
January 27, 2016

Curiosity Self-Portrait at Martian Sand Dune
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Busy Through Depth of Winter'
January 25, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Opportunity rover, which landed on Mars 12 years ago this week, remained active through the shortest-sunshine days of the current Martian winter.
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Feature
read the article 'A Planetary Quintet is Dancing Across the Skies'
January 21, 2016

For the next month, early risers will have a chance to feast their eyes on a rare lineup of five planets.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand'
January 21, 2016

At its current location for inspecting an active sand dune, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is adding some sample-processing moves not previously used on Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Rover Rounds Martian Dune to Get to the Other Side'
January 4, 2016
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Curiosity rover has driven to the downwind side of an active sand dune and returned images of cascaded sand.
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