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read the article 'NASA Testing K9 Rover in New
December 18, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA scientists and engineers are testing new technologies using a K9 rover in a newly built ‘Marscape’ test facility in preparation for future missions to Mars.
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read the article 'NASA Twins Plan Martian Ramble'
December 9, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

With just over a year to go before NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers land on the red planet, members of the science team are previewing the mission's goals and candidate landing sites at a special session of the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Revealing Odyssey'
December 7, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The latest observations from NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft, highlighting water ice distribution and infrared images of the Red Planet's surface, are being released this week at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
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read the article 'NASA Langley Plane Chosen as Mars Candidate'
December 6, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA selected a Langley Research Center proposal today as one of four candidates for the 2007 "Scout" mission in the agency's Mars Exploration Program.
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read the article 'Candidate Mission Would Scan Mars Atmosphere for Signs of Life'
December 6, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A possible mission to Mars in 2007 would scrutinize the martian atmosphere for any chemical traces of life, or even environments supportive of life, anywhere on the planet.
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Press Release
read the article 'UA's Proposed Phoenix Mission to Mars May Fly in 2007'
December 6, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In June 2008, a lander mission called Phoenix could deliver tools to search for habitable zones and the history of water on Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Selects ASU-Directed SCIM Proposal as One of Four Finalists for Mars Scout Mission'
December 6, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has selected a proposal for a mission that would collect samples of martian atmospheric dust as one of four finalists for the first Mars Scout mission.
read the article 'NASA Selects ASU-Directed SCIM Proposal as One of Four Finalists for Mars Scout Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey has New Project Scientist'
November 20, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Jeffrey Plaut has been named project scientist for NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey mission, succeeding Dr. R. Stephen Saunders who has retired.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Rover Takes Baby Steps'
November 13, 2002

Like any travelers worth their frequent flyer miles, the twin rovers of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission must prepare for a long journey. Unlike airline passengers, however, the rovers won't have an attentive flight crew to tend to their needs. Instead, the twins face a daunting 460 million kilometer (286 million mile) voyage to Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'JPL Missions Chosen for Popular Science Magazine Award'
November 8, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's unprecedented work in Space Science and Earth Science captured three of Popular Science's "Best of What's New Awards" for 2002.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Selects LEGO Company to Run Mars Rover Naming Contest'
November 4, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA announced a contest, which will give American school kids a chance to make history, by naming two rovers being launched to explore Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Adds to Mars Global Surveyor Photo Album'
October 7, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

One of the highest-resolution images ever obtained from the red planet-- a view of gullies in a crater in the Newton Basin-- is among an astounding group of 18,812 images being added to NASA's Mars Global Surveyor online image gallery today.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Releases First Data Archive to Scientists'
October 1, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has released the first set of data taken by the Mars Odyssey spacecraft to the Planetary Data System, which will now make the information available to research scientists through a new online distribution and access system.
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Spotlight
read the article 'JPL's Bionic Woman, Dr. Ayanna Howard'
August 8, 2002

Howard is JPL's own bionic woman who, at the moment, is helping develop an advanced Entry, Descent and Landing software application that can look at virtual terrain on Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Researchers Publish Latest Results in Continuing Search for Ancient Martian Life'
August 2, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In the latest study of a 4.5 billion-year-old Martian meteorite, researchers have presented new evidence confirming that 25 percent of the magnetic material in the meteorite was produced by ancient bacteria on Mars.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Building Blocks and Designing Students'
July 29, 2002

Just as a toddler uses a set of blocks to build a structure, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., design conceptual space missions using a set of "blocks," each representing a different segment of requirements, to make sure that all aspects of a mission mesh with the final design.
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Press Release
read the article 'Atlas III Chosen to Launch MRO'
June 11, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has chosen the Atlas III expendable vehicle offered in a competitive bid by Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, Inc. for the launch of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled in 2005. Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services is a division of International Launch Services of McLean, Va.
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read the article 'Odyssey's Gamma Ray Spectrometer Instrument Deployed'
June 4, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Flight controllers for NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft completed the last major technical milestone today in support of the science mission by unfurling the boom that holds the gamma ray spectrometer sensor head instrument.
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read the article 'NASA Selects 28 Participating Scientists for Mars Rover Mission'
May 30, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has selected 28 scientists for participation in the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover Mission, including four from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey's Temperature Maps Expose Rock Layer History'
May 29, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

There are tantalizing indications emerging from the thousands of infrared images taken so far by NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft that Mars experienced a series of environmental changes during active geological periods in its history.
read the article 'Mars Odyssey's Temperature Maps Expose Rock Layer History' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Found it! Ice on Mars'
May 28, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Instruments on board NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft have revealed more underground ice on the Red Planet than scientists expected.
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read the article 'Odyssey Finds Water Ice in Abundance Under Mars' Surface'
May 28, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Using instruments on NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft, surprised scientists have found enormous quantities of buried treasure lying just under the surface of Mars-enough water ice to fill Lake Michigan twice over.
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Press Release
read the article 'Marsport Competition Comes to Kennedy Space Center'
May 10, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Future trailblazers are taking on the challenge of developing technology that will allow for vegetation growth on the surface of Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Global Surveyor Adds to Its Martian Photo Album'
May 7, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A view of the red planet almost completely enveloped in dust storms is one of 15,251 newly released images from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor. These images bring the total number of snapshots taken by the spacecraft to more than 93,000.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Global Surveyor Aging Gracefully'
May 3, 2002

As an automobile ages, it usually requires more trips to a mechanic. Spacecraft are designed for a primary mission; when all is going well, the mission is often extended to obtain more data for other research objectives. But spacecraft are also subject to the ravages of time and wear.
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Press Release
read the article 'Imagine Mars Project Gets Students Dreaming of Mars'
May 2, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As part of the sixth annual Space Day celebration, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe announced today the launch of the Imagine Mars project at the opening ceremony for "Space Day 2002 Adventure to Mars!" at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C.
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read the article 'Mars Odyssey Has New Project Manager'
April 30, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Roger Gibbs has been named project manager for NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey mission, succeeding Matt Landano who was appointed the director for the JPL Office of Safety and Mission Success.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Sending RATs to Mars'
April 29, 2002

NASA and JPL are sending RATS to Mars to work as field geologists. A RAT is not quite a furry little friend, but rather a high-tech robot with diamond teeth, called a Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT).
read the article 'Sending RATs to Mars' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'How to Land Softly on a Hard Planet'
March 25, 2002

Just one of the many problems in landing on another planet, after it's been determined where to land and the method to get there, is landing safely. For NASA'a Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a safe landing is "the name of the game," as engineers work to prepare two rovers for the journey to Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Students Begin Exploring Mars with NASA'S Mars Odyssey Spacecraft'
March 20, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A group of small, unnamed craters in the martian southern hemisphere is the first site captured by a group of middle school students who are operating the camera system onboard NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft this week.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Odyssey Lead Navigator and Entire Team Honored for Flawless Performance'
March 15, 2002

Caught unawares, Odyssey lead navigator Bob Mase mumbled "what?" when Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Office of Space Science announced that Mase and the Odyssey navigation team had won one of Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine's annual Laurel awards.
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Press Release
read the article 'Once Upon a Water Planet'
March 13, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Today the Red Planet is dry and barren, but what about tomorrow? New data suggest that the long story of water on Mars isn't over yet.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status March 13, 2002'
March 13, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Flight controllers for NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft report the martian radiation environment experiment began gathering science data today after their troubleshooting efforts successfully reestablished communications with the instrument.
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status March 13, 2002' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Long-time Mission Manager Dreams of Humans Exploring Mars Someday'
March 11, 2002

After spending a career in planetary exploration, Charley Kohlhase dreams not of the past, but of the future. What does he envision someday? Humans living on Mars, continuing to study the planet in great detail. Of course, NASA has a lot of work to do before human missions are possible, but today's robotic missions are paving the way by helping us understand the Martian environment and its potential impact on human health. Once we learn more, Kohlhase believes, the spirit of exploration will make Mars an irresistible destination for future astronauts.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Student Navigators Drive Mars Rover Testbed'
March 6, 2002

Intense discussion, various viewpoints, chairs being scooted around, slightly raised voices, and eventual consensus: just a typical meeting of scientists in the lab; in this case a rover lab at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA'S Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Unveils Early Science Results'
March 1, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Initial science data from NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft, which began its mapping mission last week, portend some tantalizing findings by the newest Martian visitor, including possible identification of significant amounts of frozen water.
read the article 'NASA'S Mars Odyssey Spacecraft Unveils Early Science Results' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status February 19, 2002'
February 19, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has begun its science mapping mission. The spacecraft turned its science instruments toward Mars on Monday, February 18.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status February 06, 2002'
February 6, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft deployed its high-gain communications antenna last night, marking a major technical milestone prior to the beginning of the science mapping mission.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status January 30, 2002'
January 30, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft is now in its mapping orbit after completing two maneuvers this week to fine-tune its nearly circular orbit and prepare it for the start of the science mission.
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status January 30, 2002' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Simulating the Martian Surface at the Bottom of the World'
January 29, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

An experiment designed by the Arkansas-Oklahoma Center for Space and Planetary Sciences, now in place on the polar plateau of Antarctica, may help interpret the recent history of Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status January 17, 2002'
January 17, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft completed two maneuvers this week, fine-tuning its orbit in preparation for the science mapping mission that will begin in late February.
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Press Release
read the article 'UMass researchers find environment on Earth that mimics Mars geochemically and supports ancient life form'
January 16, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

eep below the surface of the Beverhead Mountains of Idaho, a research team led by Derek Lovley, head of the microbiology department at the University of Massachusetts, and Francis H. Chappelle of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has found an unusual community of microoganisms that may hold the key to understanding how life could survive on Mars.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Steve Alfery - Dealing for Rover Wheeling on Mars'
January 16, 2002

No banks, stock exchanges or other financial institutions are known to exist on Mars. So how does a business and economics graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara end up in a key role on a mission to the red planet?
read the article 'Steve Alfery - Dealing for Rover Wheeling on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Newly Discovered Antarctic Microbes Suggest Life is Possible in Terrains on Mars'
January 14, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Canadian and New Zealand scientists have found living microbes buried deeper than perhaps ever before in Antarctica's ice-free Dry Valleys.
read the article 'Newly Discovered Antarctic Microbes Suggest Life is Possible in Terrains on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status January 11, 2002'
January 11, 2002
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Flight controllers for NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft sent commands overnight to raise the spacecraft up out of the atmosphere and conclude the aerobraking phase of the mission.
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status January 11, 2002' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Happy Navigators Prepare to Say
January 11, 2002

With the successful completion of the aerobraking effort, the Odyssey navigation team is leaving a legacy of well-honed interdisciplinary tools and techniques certain to be used on future missions using aerobraking.
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