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read the article 'NASA Delays Mars Scout Mission To 2013'
December 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA announced today that the next mission in the Mars Scout program, originally planned for launch in 2011, is now targeted for launch in 2013. The schedule slip is because of an organizational conflict of interest that was discovered in one of the mission proposal team's Phase A Concept Study. This was the shortest delay for the mission possible because opportunities to send spacecraft to Mars occur only once every 26 months.
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read the article 'Astronomers Monitor Asteroid to Pass Near Mars'
December 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Astronomers funded by NASA are monitoring the trajectory of an asteroid estimated to be 50 meters (164 feet) wide that is expected to cross Mars' orbital path early next year.
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read the article 'Astronomers Rule Out Possibility of Asteroid Impact on Mars'
December 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Astronomers funded by NASA are monitoring the trajectory of an asteroid estimated to be 50 meters (164 feet) wide that is expected to cross Mars' orbital path early next year.
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read the article 'Astronomers Monitor Asteroid to Pass Near Mars'
December 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As expected, scientists at JPL's Near-Earth Object Office have further refined the trajectory estimate for asteroid 2007 WD5 and ruled out any possibility of a Mars impact on Jan. 30.
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read the article 'Software Helps Mars Rovers Find Winter Havens'
December 13, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New software is helping NASA find safe places for the Spirit rover to ride out future Martian winters -- and also plan where Spirit and its companion rover, Opportunity, will explore in the future.
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read the article 'Mars Orbiter Examines 'Lace' and 'Lizard Skin' Terrain'
December 11, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Scrutiny by NASA's newest Mars orbiter is helping scientists learn the stories of some of the weirdest landscapes on Mars, as well as more familiar-looking parts of the Red Planet.
read the article 'Mars Orbiter Examines 'Lace' and 'Lizard Skin' Terrain' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'International Group Plans Strategy for Mars Sample Return Mission'
December 10, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and an international team are developing plans and seeking recommendations to launch the first Mars mission to bring soil samples back to Earth. The ability to study soil from Mars here on Earth will contribute significantly to answering questions about the possibility of life on the Red Planet. Returned samples also will increase understanding of the useful or harmful properties of Martian soil, which will support planning for the eventual human exploration of Mars.
read the article 'International Group Plans Strategy for Mars Sample Return Mission' Read More
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read the article 'Mars Rover Investigates Signs of Steamy Martian Past'
December 10, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Researchers using NASA's twin Mars rovers are sorting out two possible origins for one of Spirit's most important discoveries, while also getting Spirit to a favorable spot for surviving the next Martian winter.
read the article 'Mars Rover Investigates Signs of Steamy Martian Past' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Study Reveals Less Water In Mars' Clouds'
December 6, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Martian clouds may contain less water than previously thought, according to a new NASA study. New NASA laboratory measurements of simulated martian clouds reveal that scientists may have been overestimating the amount of water in the planet's atmosphere.
read the article 'NASA Study Reveals Less Water In Mars' Clouds' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Study Sheds New Light on Early Formation of Earth and Mars'
November 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A team of scientists from NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) and the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), both in Houston, and the University of California, Davis (UCD) has found that terrestrial planets such as the Earth and Mars may have remained molten in their early histories for tens of millions of years. The findings indicate that the two planets cooled slower than scientists thought and a mechanism to keep the planet interiors warm is required.
read the article 'Study Sheds New Light on Early Formation of Earth and Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report'
November 13, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into a safe standby mode Wed., Nov. 7, after the on-board computer detected that one of the solar panels was moving slower than had been commanded. Update on Nov. 16, 2008: The flight team for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has put the spacecraft back into operations. Science instruments have been powered up, and observations of Mars have resumed.
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Phoenix: Tasks En Route to Mars Include Course Tweak, Gear Checks'
October 30, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, launched on Aug. 4 and headed to Mars, fired its four trajectory correction thrusters Wednesday for only the second time. The 45.9-second burn nudged the spacecraft just the right amount to put it on a course to arrive at the red planet seven months from today.
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read the article 'CRISM Has Key Role in Selecting Next Mars Rover Landing Site'
October 19, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Scientists scouting potential landing sites for NASA's next Mars rover mission are using new data from a powerful mineral-mapping camera to narrow the site selection.
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Press Release
read the article 'Spectrometer on NASA Orbiter Maps Minerals at Possible Landing Sites'
October 19, 2007
Source: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

Scientists scouting potential landing sites for NASA's next Mars rover mission are using new data from a powerful mineral-mapping camera to narrow the site selection.
read the article 'Spectrometer on NASA Orbiter Maps Minerals at Possible Landing Sites' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Hawaii Reveals Steamy Martian Underground'
October 17, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Is Mars dead, or is it only sleeping? The surface of Mars is completely hostile to life as we know it. Martian deserts are blasted by radiation from the sun and space. The air is so thin, cold, and dry, if liquid water were present on the surface, it would freeze and boil at the same time. But there is evidence, like vast, dried up riverbeds, that Mars once was a warm and wet world that could have supported life. Are the best times over, at least for life, on Mars?
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Press Release
read the article 'MRO Provides Color Views of Landing Site Candidates'
October 10, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Less than a year since beginning the prime science phase of its mission, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has passed a mission-success milestone for the amount of data returned.
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read the article 'NASA Orbiter Provides Color Views of Mars Landing Site Candidates'
October 10, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Less than a year since beginning the prime science phase of its mission, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has passed a mission-success milestone for the amount of data returned.
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Provides Color Views of Mars Landing Site Candidates' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Finds Possible Cave Skylights on Mars'
September 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has discovered entrances to seven possible caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano. The find is fueling interest in potential underground habitats and sparking searches for caverns elsewhere on the Red Planet.
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Press Release
read the article 'MRO Provides Insights About Mars Water and Climate'
September 20, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining several features on Mars that address the role of water at different times in Martian history.
read the article 'MRO Provides Insights About Mars Water and Climate' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Odyssey Returning to Service After Taking Precaution'
September 18, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The team operating NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter is returning the healthy spacecraft to usual activities this week after a precautionary status of reduced activity that the orbiter entered on Sept. 14.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars-Bound Phoenix Returns First Photo from Trip'
September 7, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A camera flying aboard The University of Arizona-led Phoenix Mars Lander took its first picture during cruise and sent it back to Earth on Sept. 6.
read the article 'Mars-Bound Phoenix Returns First Photo from Trip' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rovers Survive Severe Dust Storms, Ready For Next Objetives'
September 7, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Two months after sky-darkening dust from severe storms nearly killed NASA's Mars exploration rovers, the solar-powered robots are awake and ready to continue their mission. Opportunity's planned descent into the giant Victoria Crater was delayed, but now the rover is preparing to drive into the half-mile diameter crater as early as Sept. 11.
read the article 'Mars Rovers Survive Severe Dust Storms, Ready For Next Objetives' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Phoenix Lander Status Report; Radar and Other Gear Pass Checkouts'
September 4, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Two crucial tools for a successful landing of America's latest mission to Mars, the radar and UHF radio on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, have passed in-flight checkouts.
read the article 'Phoenix Lander Status Report; Radar and Other Gear Pass Checkouts' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'HiRISE Camera Returns New View of Dark Pit on Mars'
August 29, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) has confirmed that a dark pit seen on Mars in an earlier HiRISE image really is a vertical shaft that cuts through lava flow on the flank of the Arsia Mons volcano. Such pits form on similar volcanoes in Hawaii and are called "pit craters."
read the article 'HiRISE Camera Returns New View of Dark Pit on Mars' Read More
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read the article 'Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Rovers Resume Driving'
August 24, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

After six weeks of hunkering down during raging dust storms that limited solar power, both of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have resumed driving.
read the article 'Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Rovers Resume Driving' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report'
August 24, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Diagnostic tests and months of stable, successful operation have resolved concerns raised early this year about long-term prospects for the powerful telescopic camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report'
August 24, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Diagnostic tests and months of stable, successful operation have resolved concerns raised early this year about long-term prospects for the powerful telescopic camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars-Bound Phoenix Adjusts Course Successfully'
August 10, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander today accomplished the first and largest of six course corrections planned during the spacecraft's flight from Earth to Mars.
read the article 'NASA's Mars-Bound Phoenix Adjusts Course Successfully' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Martian Skies Brighten Slightly'
August 7, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Slight clearing of still-dusty Martian skies has improved the energy situation for both Spirit and Opportunity, allowing controllers to increase the rovers' science observations.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Heads for Polar Region on Mars'
August 4, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission blasted off Saturday, aiming for a May 25, 2008, arrival at the Red Planet and a close-up examination of the surface of the northern polar region.
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Heads for Polar Region on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Concern Increasing About Opportunity'
July 31, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Rover engineers are growing increasingly concerned about the temperature of vital electronics on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity while the rover stays nearly inactive due to a series of dust storms that has lasted for more than a month.
read the article 'Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Concern Increasing About Opportunity' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Postpones Phoenix Launch'
July 31, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Friday's launch of NASA’s Phoenix Mars Lander aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket has been postponed 24 hours. The two available launch times on Saturday, Aug. 4, are 2:26:34 and 3:02:59 a.m. Pacific Time (5:26:34 a.m. and 6:02:59 a.m. Eastern Time).
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read the article 'NASA Langley Helps With Next Mars Mission: Phoenix'
July 27, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

he launch window opens August 3 for liftoff of NASA's next mission to Mars: Phoenix. Experts from NASA Langley have been working since February 2003 to ensure the craft will land safely next spring.
read the article 'NASA Langley Helps With Next Mars Mission: Phoenix' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Spirit Sees Dustier Sky'
July 26, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As of Thursday, July 26, NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity are both enduring levels of reduced power supply. The rovers can survive at these levels, but NASA continues to sharply restrict their activities.
read the article 'Spirit Sees Dustier Sky' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
July 25, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter resumed normal operations on July 24, with all instruments operating and gathering data.
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
July 20, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Engineers are gathering and analyzing engineering data to understand the cause of a software error between NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and one of its instruments.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Readies Mars Lander for August Launch to Icy Site'
July 9, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's next Mars mission will look beneath a frigid arctic landscape for conditions favorable to past or present life. Instead of roving to hills or craters, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will claw down into the icy soil of the Red Planet's northern plains.
read the article 'NASA Readies Mars Lander for August Launch to Icy Site' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Ready For Descent Into Crater'
June 28, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is scheduled to begin a descent down a rock-paved slope into the Red Planet's massive Victoria Crater. This latest trek carries real risk for the long-lived robotic explorer, but NASA and the Mars Rover science team expect it to provide valuable science.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Ready For Descent Into Crater' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Research Supports Presence of Large Oceans on Early Mars'
June 14, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA-funded astrobiologists at the University of California, Berkeley have discovered evidence supporting the presence of large oceans of liquid water on early Mars.
read the article 'NASA Research Supports Presence of Large Oceans on Early Mars' Read More
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read the article 'Mars Rover Spirit Unearths Surprise Evidence of Wetter Past'
May 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A patch of Martian soil analyzed by NASA's rover Spirit is so rich in silica that it may provide some of the strongest evidence yet that ancient Mars was much wetter than it is now. The processes that could have produced such a concentrated deposit of silica require the presence of water.
read the article 'Mars Rover Spirit Unearths Surprise Evidence of Wetter Past' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA'S Next Mars Spacecraft Crosses the Mississippi'
May 8, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft carried NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft Monday, May 7, from Colorado to Florida, where Phoenix will start a much longer trip in August.
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read the article 'NASA'S Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Ancient Volcanic Explosion'
May 3, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has discovered evidence of an ancient volcanic explosion at "Home Plate," a plateau of layered bedrock approximately 2 meters (6 feet) high within the "Inner Basin" of Columbia Hills, at the rover's landing site in Gusev Crater. This is the first explosive volcanic deposit identified with a high degree of confidence by Spirit or its twin, Opportunity.
read the article 'NASA'S Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Ancient Volcanic Explosion' Read More
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read the article 'Report Reveals Likely Causes of Mars Spacecraft Loss'
April 13, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

After studying Mars four times as long as originally planned, NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter appears to have succumbed to battery failure caused by a complex sequence of events involving the onboard computer memory and ground commands.
read the article 'Report Reveals Likely Causes of Mars Spacecraft Loss' Read More
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read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status'
March 27, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Engineers for NASA's Mars Odyssey mission are examining data from the orbiter to determine whether onboard backup systems never used by the 6-year-old spacecraft could still be available if needed.
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Studies Life's Limits in China's Extreme Deserts'
March 22, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Searching for clues to the potential for life on Mars, NASA scientists recently explored microbial communities in some of the world’s oldest, driest and most remote deserts, in China’s northwest region, and found evidence suggesting that conditions there may be similar to those in certain regions of Mars.
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read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
March 22, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into safe mode -- a precautionary status with minimized activities -- on March 14. It remained healthy and in communication with Earth, but with no science observations, while the flight team examined engineering data. On March 20, the team brought the spacecraft back out of safe mode.
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read the article 'NASA Scientists and Teachers to Study Mars in the Mojave Desert'
March 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A passionate teacher can make any subject come alive for students, and NASA is helping to fuel that passion. On March 25-30, 2007, NASA's Spaceward Bound project at the agency's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., will take a team of NASA scientists and 40 teachers from throughout the country to study the unique geologic formations of California's Mojave Desert and the supremely adapted microbes that call it home.
read the article 'NASA Scientists and Teachers to Study Mars in the Mojave Desert' Read More
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read the article 'Mars' South Pole Ice Deep and Wide'
March 15, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New measurements of Mars' south polar region indicate extensive frozen water. The polar region contains enough frozen water to cover the whole planet in a liquid layer approximately 11 meters (36 feet) deep. A joint NASA-Italian Space Agency instrument on the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft provided these data.
read the article 'Mars' South Pole Ice Deep and Wide' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Churns Up Questions With Sulfur-Rich Soil'
March 14, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Some bright Martian soil containing lots of sulfur and a trace of water intrigues researchers who are studying information provided by NASA's Spirit rover.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Churns Up Questions With Sulfur-Rich Soil' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Langley's Levine Named Mars Scout Program Scientist'
March 6, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A Mars exploration program based on a series of rapid-response, low-cost science-driven missions has a new program scientist. NASA Headquarters announced that Joel S. Levine of NASA's Langley Research Center will be the Mars Scout Program Scientist for the newly selected Scout mission launching in 2011. Levine is a senior research scientist in the Langley Science Directorate.
read the article 'NASA Langley's Levine Named Mars Scout Program Scientist' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'CRISM Uncovering Clues of Surface Composition'
February 16, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Reaching its first 100 days of operations, the powerful mineral-detector aboard the newest satellite to circle Mars is changing the way scientists view the history of water on the red planet.
read the article 'CRISM Uncovering Clues of Surface Composition' Read More
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read the article 'MRO Sees Effects of Ancient Underground Fluids'
February 15, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Liquid or gas flowed through cracks penetrating underground rock on ancient Mars, according to a report based on some of the first observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. These fluids may have produced conditions to support possible habitats for microbial life.
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read the article 'Set to Reach Milestone, Reports Technical Glitches'
February 7, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft this month is set to surpass the record for the most science data returned by any Mars spacecraft. While the mission continues to produce data at record levels, engineers are examining why two instruments are intermittently not performing entirely as planned. All other spacecraft instruments are operating normally and continue to return science data.
read the article 'Set to Reach Milestone, Reports Technical Glitches' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Selects Proposals for Future Mars Missions and Studies'
January 11, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

On Monday, NASA selected for concept study development two proposals for future robotic missions to Mars. These missions would increase understanding of Mars' atmosphere, climate and potential habitability in greater detail than ever before.
read the article 'NASA Selects Proposals for Future Mars Missions and Studies' Read More
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read the article 'Panel Will Study Mars Global Surveyor Events'
January 10, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has formed an internal review board to look more in-depth into why NASA's Mars Global Surveyor went silent in November 2006 and recommend any processes or procedures that could increase safety for other spacecraft.
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