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read the article 'Mars Exploration Program Director Named'
November 21, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jim Watzin has been named the new director for NASA's Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Saucer Named 'Best of What's New''
November 20, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project has earned recognition from Popular Science magazine as an innovation worthy of the publication's "Best of What's New" award.
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Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Mission Status Updates'
November 20, 2014

MAVEN went into safehold mode on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The spacecraft goes into this state autonomously, when it detects a problem with its operations, to ensure that it stays safe and in contact with Earth.
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read the article 'Second Time Through, Mars Rover Examines Chosen Rocks'
November 18, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has returned to the bottom of a three-story-slope to conduct close-up examinations of targets identified by an initial scouting climb.
read the article 'Second Time Through, Mars Rover Examines Chosen Rocks' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Completes Commissioning And Begins Its Primary Science Mission'
November 17, 2014

The MAVEN spacecraft completed its commissioning activities on November 16 and has formally begun its one-year primary science mission.
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Status Report
read the article 'Next NASA Mission to Mars Reaches Development Milestone'
November 17, 2014

NASA's InSight mission has begun the assembly, test and launch operations (ATLO) phase of its development, on track for a March 2016 launch to Mars.
read the article 'Next NASA Mission to Mars Reaches Development Milestone' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess'
November 10, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The relay radio on NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has completed a successful test of receiving Mars rover data, which MAVEN then forwarded to Earth.
read the article 'Newest NASA Mars Orbiter Demonstrates Relay Prowess' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Spacecraft Reveal Comet Flyby Effects on Martian Atmosphere'
November 7, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Two NASA and one European spacecraft that obtained the first up-close observations of a comet flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, have gathered new information about the basic properties of the comet's nucleus and directly detected the effects on the Martian atmosphere.
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read the article 'NASA to Discuss Science Findings of Oct. 19 Comet Flyby of Mars'
November 5, 2014

NASA Telecon to Discuss Mars Comet Flyby Science
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Finds Mineral Match'
November 4, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Reddish rock powder from the first hole drilled into a Martian mountain by NASA's Curiosity rover has yielded the mission's first confirmation of a mineral mapped from orbit.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Finds Mineral Match' Read More
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read the article 'NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Complete; Media Invited to Learn More about Its First Flight'
October 30, 2014

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft received finishing touches Thursday, marking the conclusion of construction on the first spacecraft designed to send humans into deep space beyond the moon, including a journey to Mars that begins with its first test flight Dec. 4.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts First Agency-wide Social Media Event for Orion’s First Flight Test'
October 24, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft's first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 involving each of its 10 centers.
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read the article 'Close Encounters: Comet Siding Spring Seen Next to Mars'
October 24, 2014
Source: NASA

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has produced a unique composite image of comet Siding Spring as it made its never-before-seen close passage of a comet by Mars.
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read the article 'Mars Orbiter's Spectrometer Shows Oort Comet's Coma'
October 24, 2014

The imaging spectrometer on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided an image of the coma surrounding a comet that flew near Mars this week.
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read the article 'Mars Orbiter Image Shows Comet Nucleus is Small'
October 20, 2014

A camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken the highest-resolution image ever made of an Oort Cloud comet, taking advantage of the comet's Mars flyby.
read the article 'Mars Orbiter Image Shows Comet Nucleus is Small' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Rover Opportunity Views Comet Near Mars'
October 20, 2014

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'All Three NASA Mars Orbiters Healthy After Comet Flyby'
October 19, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

All three NASA orbiters around Mars confirmed their healthy status Sunday after each took shelter behind Mars during a period of risk from dust released by a passing comet.
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Status Report
read the article 'NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near'
October 19, 2014

The longest-lived robot ever sent to Mars came through its latest challenge in good health, reporting home on schedule after sheltering behind Mars from possible comet dust.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects'
October 19, 2014

NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.
read the article 'NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Studies Comet Flyby'
October 19, 2014

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has sent home more data about Mars than all other missions combined, is also now providing data about a comet that buzzed The Red Planet today (Oct. 19).
read the article 'NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Studies Comet Flyby' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Opportunity Rover Gets Panorama Image at 'Wdowiak Ridge''
October 16, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's decade-old Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working near the base of a steep-sloped hill called "Wdowiak Ridge," shown in a dramatic new panorama from the rover.
read the article 'NASA's Opportunity Rover Gets Panorama Image at 'Wdowiak Ridge'' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere'
October 14, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars sees a solar-particle storm, gets ultraviolet images of tenuous oxygen, hydrogen and carbon coronas, and yields a map of variable ozone.
read the article 'NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Shares Early Results From MAVEN Mars Orbiter'
October 10, 2014
Source: NASA

NASA will host a news teleconference on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to announce early science results from its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission.
read the article 'NASA Shares Early Results From MAVEN Mars Orbiter' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: October 10, 2014'
October 10, 2014

MAVEN Deploys Another Science Instrument
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: October 10, 2014' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'CRISM Prepares For Mars-grazing Comet Siding Spring'
October 9, 2014
Source: Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

On October 19, a comet that has travelled many billions of miles will come within about 87,000 miles of Mars – about one-third of the distance of the Moon from Earth.
read the article 'CRISM Prepares For Mars-grazing Comet Siding Spring' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter'
October 9, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19.
read the article 'NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Parachute Engineers Have Appetite for Destruction'
October 8, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA engineers are bound and determined to destroy a perfectly good parachute this week during the latest test for the agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project.
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read the article 'Send Your Name on NASA's Journey to Mars, Starting with Orion's First Flight'
October 7, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

If only your name could collect frequent flyer miles. NASA is inviting the public to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.
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read the article 'NASA Selects New Science Teams for Astrobiology Research'
October 6, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide, including one from the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to study the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.
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read the article 'NASA Holds Briefing to Discuss Comet Flyby of Mars Observations'
October 6, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA Holds Briefing About Comet Flyby of Mars
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Technology Adapted to Detect Gas Leaks'
October 2, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that it is testing state-of-the-art technology adapted from NASA’s Mars rover program.
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Press Release
read the article 'U.S., India to Collaborate on Earth, Mars Missions'
September 30, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation signed agreements to launch a joint space mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for joint Mars exploration missions.
read the article 'U.S., India to Collaborate on Earth, Mars Missions' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain'
September 25, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The robotic arm of NASA's Curiosity rover is holding the rover's first sample of rock powder drilled from the base of Mount Sharp on Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Administrator Statement About India's Mars Orbiter Mission'
September 24, 2014
Source: NASA

The following statement is from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden about India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM):
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read the article 'CME Week: Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars'
September 23, 2014

Two main types of explosions occur on the sun: solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Unlike the energy and X-rays produced in a solar flare - which can reach Earth at the speed of light in eight minutes - coronal mass ejections are giant clouds of solar material that take one to three days to reach Earth.
read the article 'CME Week: Coronal Mass Ejections at Mars' Read More
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read the article 'JPL Family Wishes MOM
September 23, 2014

India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is preparing to fire its engines for capture into orbit around Mars.
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read the article 'NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Reaches Mars'
September 22, 2014

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 10:24 p.m. EDT Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere as never done before.
read the article 'NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Reaches Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Sept. 22, 2014'
September 22, 2014

Right on schedule last night at 9:50 p.m. EDT, the MAVEN spacecraft fired its main engines for 33 minutes and 26 seconds in order to slow down the spacecraft enough to capture into Mars orbit.
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Sept. 22, 2014' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Newest Mars Mission Spacecraft Enters Orbit'
September 21, 2014
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 7:24 p.m. PDT (10:24 p.m. EDT) Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere.
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read the article 'NASA Opens Challenge to Participate in Future Mars Missions'
September 20, 2014
Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA announced Saturday the opening of registration for its Mars Balance Mass Challenge and the launch of its new website, NASA Solve, at the World Maker Faire in New York.
read the article 'NASA Opens Challenge to Participate in Future Mars Missions' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA TV, Web Coverage Set for Sept. 21 Mars Spacecraft Orbit Insertion'
September 19, 2014
Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA Television will broadcast live the Sunday, Sept. 21, Mars orbital insertion of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, from 9:30 to 10:45 p.m. EDT.
read the article 'NASA TV, Web Coverage Set for Sept. 21 Mars Spacecraft Orbit Insertion' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion'
September 17, 2014
Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after completing a 10-month interplanetary journey of 442 million miles.
read the article 'NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Media Invited to NASA Goddard for Mars Orbit Insertion Activities'
September 15, 2014
Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Media representatives are invited to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center on Sept. 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. EDT, for local coverage and interviews of the orbit insertion countdown activities for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission.
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Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: September 15, 2014'
September 15, 2014

Everything continues to go well with MAVEN as it is readied for arrival at Mars on Sunday, Sept. 21. All spacecraft systems are operating nominally.
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: September 15, 2014' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA to hold Sept. 17 Briefing on MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion, Events Coverage'
September 12, 2014

NASA will host a televised media briefing at 1 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 17, to outline activities around the Sunday, Sept. 21 orbital insertion at Mars of the agency's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft
read the article 'NASA to hold Sept. 17 Briefing on MAVEN Mars Orbit Insertion, Events Coverage' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain'
September 11, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Curiosity Arrives at Mount Sharp
read the article 'NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity's Vista Includes Long Tracks'
September 9, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Wheel tracks from about a month of driving on Mars recede into the distance in a recent color view captured by the Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity's Vista Includes Long Tracks' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Holds Telecon About Curiosity Mars Rover Science Campaign'
September 9, 2014

NASA will host a telecon at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission.
read the article 'NASA Holds Telecon About Curiosity Mars Rover Science Campaign' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'MAVEN spacecraft makes final preparations for Mars'
September 8, 2014
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet.
read the article 'MAVEN spacecraft makes final preparations for Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'JPL to Host
September 4, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will hold a one-day NASA Social for up to 50 of its social media followers on Oct. 13, 2014, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
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Press Release
read the article 'Preview Comet Flyby Preparations and a Comet-landing Mission'
September 4, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Social media users are invited to apply for one of up to 50 credentials to attend a one-day NASA Social on Oct. 13, 2014, at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
read the article 'Preview Comet Flyby Preparations and a Comet-landing Mission' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: August 29, 2014'
August 30, 2014

MAVEN continues on a smooth journey to Mars. All spacecraft systems are operating nominally.
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: August 29, 2014' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover'
August 29, 2014

An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory.
read the article 'Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Team Chooses Not to Drill 'Bonanza King''
August 22, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has chosen not to proceed with drilling at a target rock called "Bonanza King" after the rock budged when tapped by the drill.
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Press Release
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Prepares for Fourth Rock Drilling'
August 15, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Backtracking to get NASA's one-ton Mars rover away from slippery sand has brought the rover to its next candidate rock for drilling.
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Prepares for Fourth Rock Drilling' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Tall Boulder Rolls Down Martian Hill, Lands Upright'
August 13, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A new photo from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an oblong boulder about 20 feet (6 meters) tall standing upright on Mars after tumbling downhill, leaving a trail.
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Press Release
read the article 'Ride Shotgun With NASA Saucer As It Flies to Near Space'
August 8, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii. The goal of this experimental flight test, the first of three planned for the project, was to determine if the balloon-launched, rocket-powered, saucer-shaped, design could reach the altitudes and airspeeds needed to test two new breakthrough technologies destined for future Mars missions.
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Status Report
read the article 'Orbiter Completes Maneuver to Prepare for Comet Flyby'
August 6, 2014

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted the timing of its orbit around Mars as a defensive precaution for a comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.
read the article 'Orbiter Completes Maneuver to Prepare for Comet Flyby' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology'
August 5, 2014

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.
read the article 'NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Mars Curiosity Rover: Two Years and Counting on Red Planet'
August 5, 2014

NASA's most advanced roving laboratory on Mars celebrates its second anniversary since landing inside the Red Planet's Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (Aug. 6, 2012, EDT).
read the article 'NASA Mars Curiosity Rover: Two Years and Counting on Red Planet' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Upgrades Its 3-D Spacecraft App'
August 5, 2014

A new-and-improved version of NASA's Spacecraft 3D app for mobile devices is launching to coincide with the second anniversary of the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover's landing on Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop'
August 1, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has just crossed one stretch of rocks hazardous to its wheels and may soon reach rocks different from any it has examined so far.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before'
July 31, 2014
Source: NASA Headquarters

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations on the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before' Read More
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read the article 'FFI-developed radar to Mars'
July 31, 2014

Defence Research Establishment (FFI) has been contracted to develop technology for NASA's next "Mars rover".
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read the article 'Los Alamos laser selected for 2020 Mars mission'
July 31, 2014

SuperCam builds upon the successful capabilities demonstrated aboard the Curiosity Rover during NASA's current Mars Mission.
read the article 'Los Alamos laser selected for 2020 Mars mission' Read More
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read the article 'Going to the Red Planet'
July 31, 2014

An MIT oxygen-creating instrument has been selected to fly on the upcoming Mars 2020 mission.
read the article 'Going to the Red Planet' Read More
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read the article 'NASA chooses ASU to design, operate camera system for Mars 2020 mission'
July 31, 2014

Arizona State University has been selected by NASA to design, deliver and oversee a pair of color panoramic zoom cameras on the next rover mission to be launched to the surface of Mars in 2020.
read the article 'NASA chooses ASU to design, operate camera system for Mars 2020 mission' Read More
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read the article 'SHERLOC to Micro-Map Mars Minerals and Carbon Rings'
July 31, 2014

One of the seven instruments chosen for the payload of NASA's next Mars rover would detect key minerals and carbon chemicals and show where they are, at microscopic scale.
read the article 'SHERLOC to Micro-Map Mars Minerals and Carbon Rings' Read More
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read the article 'Mars 2020 Rover's PIXL to Focus X-Rays on Tiny Targets'
July 31, 2014

An X-ray instrument for NASA's next Mars rover combines a sharpshooting spectrometer and a camera, to identify and map chemical elements in targets at microscopic scale.
read the article 'Mars 2020 Rover's PIXL to Focus X-Rays on Tiny Targets' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: July 31, 2014'
July 31, 2014

MAVEN continues on a smooth journey to Mars. All spacecraft and instrument systems are operating nominally.
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: July 31, 2014' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA to Announce Mars 2020 Rover Instruments'
July 30, 2014
Source: NASA Headquarters

NASA will announce on Thursday, July 31, the instruments that will be carried aboard the agency's Mars 2020 mission, a roving laboratory based on the highly successful Curiosity rover.
read the article 'NASA to Announce Mars 2020 Rover Instruments' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record'
July 28, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's Lunokhod 2 rover.
read the article 'NASA Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars Spacecraft Maneuvers to Prepare for Close Comet Flyby'
July 25, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Spacecraft Maneuvers to Prepare for Close Comet Flyby' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites'
July 23, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Next Giant Leap'
July 18, 2014
Source: NASA

The first humans who will step foot on Mars are walking the Earth today.
read the article 'NASA's Next Giant Leap' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Rover's Images Show Laser Flash on Martian Rock'
July 16, 2014

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has caught the first images of sparks on a Martian rock that result from the rover's laser instrument examining the rock.
read the article 'NASA Rover's Images Show Laser Flash on Martian Rock' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Honors First Human Moon Landing, Looks to Mars'
July 15, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.
read the article 'NASA Honors First Human Moon Landing, Looks to Mars' Read More
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read the article 'ASU, USGS Project Yields Sharpest Map of Mars Surface Properties'
July 15, 2014

The most detailed global map yet made of Martian surface properties is the result of a joint project between ASU and the U.S. Geological Survey.
read the article 'ASU, USGS Project Yields Sharpest Map of Mars Surface Properties' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Observes Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars'
July 10, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Observes Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Views Rover Crossing Into New Zone'
July 8, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A recent image from a telescopic camera orbiting Mars caught NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reaching the edge of its landing ellipse.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Views Rover Crossing Into New Zone' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Radio Delivered for Europe's 2016 Mars Orbiter'
July 2, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first of two NASA Electra radios that will fly aboard the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars has been delivered for installation onto the ESA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO).
read the article 'NASA Radio Delivered for Europe's 2016 Mars Orbiter' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'First LDSD Test Flight a Success'
June 29, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The project declares the first test flight of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator a success.
read the article 'First LDSD Test Flight a Success' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Media Telecon: NASA Supersonic Test Flight Completed'
June 28, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A news teleconference has been scheduled for tomorrow, June 29, at 7 a.m. HST (10 a.m. PDT, 1 p.m. EDT) to discuss the test flight.
read the article 'Media Telecon: NASA Supersonic Test Flight Completed' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Lifts Off'
June 28, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A balloon carrying a test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) has lifted off.
read the article 'NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Lifts Off' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Set to Lift Off'
June 27, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mission managers are proceeding with preparations for a launch attempt tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 28, of a high-altitude balloon carrying
read the article 'NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Set to Lift Off' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Team Today Features Women'
June 26, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Today (Thursday) is Women's Curiosity Day for the diverse team running NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, with female engineers and scientists doing most of mission's 90-plus roles.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Team Today Features Women' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Sets New Dates for Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Flight'
June 25, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project plans to fly its rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii, later this week.
read the article 'NASA Sets New Dates for Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Flight' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Aluminum-Bearing Site on Mars Draws NASA Visitor'
June 24, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is examining a rocky, windswept ridge where aluminum in a clay mineral was mapped from orbit.
read the article 'Aluminum-Bearing Site on Mars Draws NASA Visitor' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year with Mission Successes'
June 23, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year with Mission Successes' Read More
Spotlight
read the article ''Scarecrow' Rover Goes Off-Roading in Dumont Dunes'
June 20, 2014

To understand Mars rover Curiosity's wheel constraints, JPL engineers test the Scarecrow rover's driving skills on desert sand dunes.
read the article ''Scarecrow' Rover Goes Off-Roading in Dumont Dunes' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Invites Public Comment on Mars 2020 Draft EIS'
June 19, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the agency's proposed Mars 2020 mission.
read the article 'NASA Invites Public Comment on Mars 2020 Draft EIS' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet'
June 19, 2014
Source: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

In late May, NASA's Swift satellite imaged comet Siding Spring, which will brush astonishingly close to Mars later this year.
read the article 'NASA's Swift Satellite Tallies Water Production of Mars-bound Comet' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Update on Asteroid Redirect Mission'
June 17, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

On Thursday, June 19, NASA will host a televised update on recent progress and upcoming milestones in the agency's efforts to identify, capture and relocate an asteroid, and send astronauts to take samples of it in the 2020s.
read the article 'NASA Update on Asteroid Redirect Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's LDSD 'Flying Saucer' Test--Update'
June 12, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's flying saucer-shaped test vehicle is ready to take to the skies from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, for its first engineering shakeout flight.
read the article 'NASA's LDSD 'Flying Saucer' Test--Update' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Media Telecon on Status of LDSD Hawaiian Test Flight'
June 11, 2014

NASA did not conduct the flight test of the agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range in Kauai, Hawaii, during its designated launch period.
read the article 'NASA Media Telecon on Status of LDSD Hawaiian Test Flight' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mercury Passes in Front of the Sun, as Seen From Mars'
June 10, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New NASA images from Mars showing Mercury as a dim spot against the sun are the first observation from any planet other than Earth of any planet's solar transit.
read the article 'Mercury Passes in Front of the Sun, as Seen From Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Coverage for Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Flight'
May 29, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will fly a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space next week from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
read the article 'NASA Coverage for Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Flight' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA, Khan Academy to Bring STEM Opportunities to Online Learners'
May 27, 2014
Source: NASA

NASA and Khan Academy, a non-profit educational website, today debuted a series of online tutorials designed to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
read the article 'NASA, Khan Academy to Bring STEM Opportunities to Online Learners' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Weathercam Helps Find Big New Crater'
May 22, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images. The images were captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
read the article 'NASA Mars Weathercam Helps Find Big New Crater' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Before the Drop: Engineers Ready Supersonic Decelerator'
May 21, 2014

A saucer-shaped vehicle designed to test interplanetary landing devices hangs on a tower in preparation for launch at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
read the article 'Before the Drop: Engineers Ready Supersonic Decelerator' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Construction to Begin on 2016 NASA Mars Lander'
May 19, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander, after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday.
read the article 'Construction to Begin on 2016 NASA Mars Lander' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Gains Martian Vista From Ridgeline'
May 19, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover has returned a sweeping panorama of 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) Endeavour Crater from the ridgeline of the crater's raised western rim.
read the article 'NASA Rover Gains Martian Vista From Ridgeline' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Saucer-Shaped Craft Preps for Flight Test'
May 16, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's LDSD project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.
read the article 'NASA's Saucer-Shaped Craft Preps for Flight Test' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Briefing for Supersonic Saucer-Shaped Vehicle'
May 15, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A mission overview briefing about NASA's upcoming flight test of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) experiment will be provided to reporters attending a media day on Monday, June 2, at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii. The public can watch the briefing via live streaming, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT/8 a.m. HST).
read the article 'NASA Briefing for Supersonic Saucer-Shaped Vehicle' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Wrapping Up Waypoint Work'
May 15, 2014

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover will depart the science waypoint where it drilled into a rock last week.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Wrapping Up Waypoint Work' Read More
Feature
read the article 'MAVEN Solar Wind Ion Analyzer Will Look at Key Player in Mars Atmosphere Loss'
May 14, 2014

This past November, NASA launched the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission in the hope of understanding how and why the planet has been losing its atmosphere over billions of years.
read the article 'MAVEN Solar Wind Ion Analyzer Will Look at Key Player in Mars Atmosphere Loss' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Drills Sandstone Slab on Mars'
May 6, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected powder drilled from a rock on Mars on Monday, the third time this has ever been done and the first time on a sandstone target.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Rover Drills Sandstone Slab on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Next Prototype Spacesuit has a Brand New Look, Thanks to You'
April 30, 2014
Source: NASA

A new spacesuit may one day be worn by the first humans to step foot on the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA's Next Prototype Spacesuit has a Brand New Look, Thanks to You' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Target on Mars Looks Good for NASA Rover Drilling'
April 29, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

After weekend inspection of a Martian rock under consideration as the next drilling target for NASA's Curiosity Mars, the rover team plans to go ahead with the next steps.
read the article 'Target on Mars Looks Good for NASA Rover Drilling' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Drill Here? NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Inspects Site'
April 25, 2014

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has maneuvered into place for close-up examination of a sandstone surface, a possible target for the mission's next drilling into a rock.
read the article 'Drill Here? NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Inspects Site' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Asteroids as Seen From Mars; A Curiosity Rover First'
April 24, 2014

A new image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is the first ever from the surface of Mars to show an asteroid, and it shows two: Ceres and Vesta.
read the article 'Asteroids as Seen From Mars; A Curiosity Rover First' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Exploration Forum to Showcase Human Path to Mars'
April 23, 2014
Source: NASA

NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s.
read the article 'NASA Exploration Forum to Showcase Human Path to Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'The Coolest Destination for Exchange Students: Mars'
April 21, 2014
Source: U.S. Department of State

A virtual field trip to Mars will engage middle school students from classes in Argentina, Nicaragua, as well as those in New Jersey, Texas, and Washington, D.C. in collaborative science activities.
read the article 'The Coolest Destination for Exchange Students: Mars' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Rover Opportunity's Selfie Shows Clean Machine'
April 17, 2014

In its sixth Martian winter, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity now has cleaner solar arrays than in any Martian winter since its first on the Red Planet, in 2005. Cleaning effects of wind events in March boosted the amount of electricity available for the rover's work.
read the article 'NASA Rover Opportunity's Selfie Shows Clean Machine' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Spies Rover Near Martian Butte'
April 16, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Scientists using NASA's Curiosity Mars rover are eyeing a rock layer surrounding the base of a small butte, called "Mount Remarkable," as a target for investigating with tools on the rover's robotic arm.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Spies Rover Near Martian Butte' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins'
April 15, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor? Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.
read the article 'New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'NASA Participates in the USA Science and Engineering Festival'
April 11, 2014

In support of the President's initiative to graduate one million STEM students over the next decade, NASA is the anchor exhibit in the Aerospace Pavilion on the second floor of the Washington Convention Center, April 25-27. NASA's 60' x 60' booth will feature thirty different hands-on demonstrations designed to engage families and students in fun science and engineering activities.
read the article 'NASA Participates in the USA Science and Engineering Festival' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Reporters See NASA's Latest High Tech Exploration Tool Before Testing'
April 9, 2014
Source: NASA

On April 9 reporters got a chance to don "bunny suits" (protective apparel that sometimes makes people look like large rabbits) and enter a NASA clean room at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
read the article 'Reporters See NASA's Latest High Tech Exploration Tool Before Testing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Images From NASA Mars Rover Include Bright Spots'
April 8, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover last week include bright spots. Such spots, not unusual in images from the rover, have multiple possible explanations.
read the article 'Images From NASA Mars Rover Include Bright Spots' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Replicating a Rock on Mars'
April 7, 2014

Scientists finally have their hands on a piece of Mars, sort of. Technology seemingly straight out of Star Trek allowed the replication of a rock on Mars using a 3D printer.
read the article 'Replicating a Rock on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Scoping Out Next Study Area'
April 3, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has reached a waypoint selected months ago as the location for the mission's next major investigations.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Scoping Out Next Study Area' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Scientists Favor Four ExoMars Landing Sites'
April 3, 2014
Source: European Space Agency

Some 60 scientists and engineers came together March 26-28, 2014, for the first ExoMars 2018 Landing Site Selection Workshop, held at ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre near Madrid. Their task was to begin the process of drawing up a shortlist of the most suitable landing locations for ESA's first Mars rover.
read the article 'Scientists Favor Four ExoMars Landing Sites' Read More
Feature
read the article 'The Opposition of Mars'
March 28, 2014

Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter.
read the article 'The Opposition of Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets'
March 27, 2014
Source: NASA/Space Science Telescope Institute

NASA released Thursday an image of a comet that, on Oct. 19, will pass within 84,000 miles of Mars -- less than half the distance between Earth and our moon.
read the article 'NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Cleaner NASA Rover Sees Its Shadow in Martian Spring'
March 27, 2014

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has captured a shadow selfie on a slope it is exploring with an increasing power supply, as winds remove some dust and spring days grow longer.
read the article 'Cleaner NASA Rover Sees Its Shadow in Martian Spring' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover's Next Stop Has Sandstone Variations'
March 24, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is approaching a waypoint where sandstone layers exhibit textures that may tell of ancient environmental changes.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover's Next Stop Has Sandstone Variations' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Finds New Gully Channel on Mars'
March 19, 2014

Before-and-after observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter document the formation of a new gully channel, which likely resulted from action of dry-ice frost.
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Finds New Gully Channel on Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Resumes Full Duty'
March 11, 2014

Engineers have restored NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to full operations, following a March 9 unplanned swap of duplicate computers aboard the spacecraft.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Resumes Full Duty' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Relay Radio on Mars-Bound NASA Craft Passes Checkout'
February 28, 2014

With completion of a checkout of the relay radio on NASA's Mars-bound MAVEN spacecraft, all of the onboard payloads have now successfully passed initial in-flight checkouts.
read the article 'Relay Radio on Mars-Bound NASA Craft Passes Checkout' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars'
February 27, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A team of scientists at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars.
read the article 'NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Views Striated Ground'
February 27, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A landscape scene photographed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows rock rows forming striations in the foreground and Mount Sharp on the horizon.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Views Striated Ground' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Feb. 27, 2014'
February 27, 2014

On Feb. 26, mission controllers performed a successful second trajectory correction maneuver, also known as TCM-2.
read the article 'MAVEN Status Update: Feb. 27, 2014' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Views Opportunity Rover on Ridge'
February 19, 2014

A new image from a telescopic camera orbiting Mars shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at work on "Murray Ridge," without any new impact craters nearby.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Views Opportunity Rover on Ridge' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Adds Reverse Driving for Wheel Protection'
February 19, 2014

Terrain that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is now crossing is as smooth as team members had anticipated based on earlier images from orbit.
read the article 'Curiosity Adds Reverse Driving for Wheel Protection' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving 'Doughnut' Riddle'
February 14, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Researchers have determined the now-infamous Martian rock resembling a jelly doughnut, dubbed Pinnacle Island, is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the wheel of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in early January.
read the article 'Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving 'Doughnut' Riddle' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Moves Longest-Serving Mars Spacecraft for New Observations'
February 12, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has tweaked its orbit to help scientists make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Moves Longest-Serving Mars Spacecraft for New Observations' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Busy Week of Imaging and Robotic Arm Studies'
February 12, 2014

Opportunity is climbing 'Murray Ridge' up on Solander Point, part of the rim of Endeavour Crater.
read the article 'Busy Week of Imaging and Robotic Arm Studies' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Drives On After Crossing Martian Dune'
February 11, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its traverse toward enticing science destinations after climbing over a dune spanning a gap in a ridge.
read the article 'NASA's Curiosity Drives On After Crossing Martian Dune' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission'
February 10, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and the French Space Agency (CNES), signed an implementing agreement Monday for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called InSight.
read the article 'NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiters See Clues to Possible Water Flows'
February 10, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars have returned clues for understanding seasonal features that are the strongest indication of possible liquid water that may exist today on the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiters See Clues to Possible Water Flows' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Sees 'Evening Star' Earth'
February 6, 2014

New images from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover show Earth shining brighter than any star in the Martian night sky.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Sees 'Evening Star' Earth' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Examines Dramatic New Crater'
February 5, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Space rocks hitting Mars excavate fresh craters at a pace of more than 200 per year, but few new Mars scars pack as much visual punch as one seen in a NASA image released today.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Examines Dramatic New Crater' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'MAVEN on Track to Carry Out its Science Mission'
February 4, 2014
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

The MAVEN spacecraft and all of its science instruments have completed their initial checkout, and all of them are working as expected.
read the article 'MAVEN on Track to Carry Out its Science Mission' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Through the Gap: Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Dune'
February 3, 2014

UPDATE: NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover has crossed a dune that stands across a gateway to a southwestward route favored by the rover team for driving to future science destinations.
read the article 'Through the Gap: Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Dune' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover's View of Possible Westward Route'
January 31, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reached the edge of a dune on Jan. 30 and photographed the valley on the other side, to aid assessment of whether to cross the dune.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover's View of Possible Westward Route' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Work on Mystery Rock Continues As Rover Marks 10 Years on Mars'
January 31, 2014

Opportunity is up on "Solander Point" at the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover is continuing to investigate this curious surface rock, called "Pinnacle Island" that apparently was kicked up by the rover during a recent traverse.
read the article 'Work on Mystery Rock Continues As Rover Marks 10 Years on Mars' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route'
January 29, 2014

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is considering a path across a small sand dune to reach a favorable route to science destinations.
read the article 'Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Preparing for 2014 Comet Watch at Mars'
January 28, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A close flyby of Mars in 2014 by comet Siding Spring could deliver opportunities for learning, but also possible hazards for orbiting spacecraft. NASA is preparing for both.
read the article 'NASA Preparing for 2014 Comet Watch at Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Opportunity at 10: New Findings from Old Rover'
January 23, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New findings from rock samples collected and examined by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have confirmed an ancient wet environment that was milder and older than the acidic and oxidizing conditions told by rocks the rover examined previously.
read the article 'NASA's Opportunity at 10: New Findings from Old Rover' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Celebrating 10-Years on Mars!'
January 23, 2014

Opportunity is up on "Solander Point" at the rim of Endeavour Crater. Opportunity is positioned on the edge of an exposed outcrop where orbital observations suggest the possible presence of small amounts of clay minerals.
read the article 'Celebrating 10-Years on Mars!' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Hosts News Conference About 10 Years of Roving on Mars'
January 21, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Opportunity rover was built for a three-month mission on Mars, but continues to return valuable scientific data 10 years later.
read the article 'NASA Hosts News Conference About 10 Years of Roving on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Receives Mars 2020 Rover Instrument Proposals for Evaluation'
January 21, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly aboard the agency's next Mars rover in 2020.
read the article 'NASA Receives Mars 2020 Rover Instrument Proposals for Evaluation' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Encountering a Surprise'
January 17, 2014

Opportunity is up on "Solander Point" at the rim of Endeavour Crater.
read the article 'Encountering a Surprise' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Free Mars Exploration Rover 10-Year Anniversary Event Tonight'
January 16, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The public is invited to share, either in person or online, in a 10-year anniversary event for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, tonight at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST).
read the article 'Free Mars Exploration Rover 10-Year Anniversary Event Tonight' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Orbiter Images Rover and Tracks in Gale Crater'
January 9, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

An observation made last month by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Curiosity rover and its tracks on the Martian surface.
read the article 'Mars Orbiter Images Rover and Tracks in Gale Crater' Read More
Status Report
read the article 'Ten-Year Anniversary Nears'
January 9, 2014

Opportunity landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004 PST (Jan. 25, 2004 UTC) on what was to be a three-month mission, but instead the rover has lived beyond its prime mission and roved the planet for nearly 10 years.
read the article 'Ten-Year Anniversary Nears' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA and Smithsonian to Host 10-Year Anniversary Events for Mars Rovers'
January 6, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington are sponsoring events to commemorate 10 years of roving across the Red Planet by the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER).
read the article 'NASA and Smithsonian to Host 10-Year Anniversary Events for Mars Rovers' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth'
January 3, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Landings of NASA Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity 10 years ago inspired some students to pursue careers that put them on the team still operating one of those long-lived rovers.
read the article 'Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Clues from Orbit Aiding Exploration'
January 1, 2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The rover is maintaining favorable northerly tilts for energy production. Opportunity is positioned on the edge of an exposed outcrop where orbital observations suggest the possible presence of small amounts of clay minerals.
read the article 'Clues from Orbit Aiding Exploration' Read More

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