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read the article 'America's Spirit Is Ready to Rock-n-Roll Martian Style Saturday Night'
December 31, 2003

In a perfect world, or in this case two perfect worlds -- Earth and Mars, the first of NASA's two robot geologists will bounce over rocks and roll to a safe stop on the martian surface shortly after 8:35 p.m. PST this Saturday, January 3, 2004.
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read the article 'Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status'
December 29, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Spirit rover spacecraft fired its thrusters for 3.4 seconds on Friday, Dec. 26, to make a slight and possibly final correction in its flight path about one week before landing on Mars.
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read the article 'Mars May Be Emerging From an Ice Age'
December 17, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey missions have provided evidence of a relatively recent ice age on Mars. In contrast to Earth's ice ages, a Martian ice age waxes when the poles warm, and water vapor is transported toward lower latitudes. Martian ice ages wane when the poles cool and lock water into polar icecaps.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Tones Break Silence During Mars Exploration Rover Landings'
December 11, 2003

Members of the Mars Exploration Rover Entry Descent and Landing team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be on the lookout for a series of tones.
read the article 'Tones Break Silence During Mars Exploration Rover Landings' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Odyssey Studies Changing Weather And Climate On Mars'
December 8, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars may be going through a period of climate change, new findings from NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter suggest.
read the article 'Odyssey Studies Changing Weather And Climate On Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Missions Have International Flavor'
December 4, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A European Space Agency mission that will arrive at Mars this month has American participants, and Europeans are team members for two NASA spacecraft that will reach Mars in January.
read the article 'Mars Missions Have International Flavor' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Challenges of Getting to Mars'
December 2, 2003

Two out of three missions to the red planet have failed. One reason there have been so many losses is that there have been so many attempts. "Mars is a favorite target," says Dr. Firouz Naderi, manager of the Mars Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
read the article 'Challenges of Getting to Mars' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Marsapalooza And Mars Education Programs: Inspiring The World One Student At A Time'
November 26, 2003

"Exploration is the life blood of a civilization," said Dr. Rice. "It provides new frontiers and challenges that stimulate both its people and technology. Exploration is crucial for a civilization's survival.
read the article 'Marsapalooza And Mars Education Programs: Inspiring The World One Student At A Time' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status'
November 26, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Martian radiation environment experiment on NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter has collected data continuously from the start of the Odyssey mapping mission in March 2002 until late last month. The instrument has successfully monitored space radiation to evaluate the risks to future Mars-bound astronauts. Its measurements are the first of their kind to be obtained during an interplanetary cruise and in orbit around another planet.
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Mission Status' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'NASA's M-Team: Not Your Average
November 14, 2003

The six scientists and engineers who are the "rock" stars of the Marsapalooza tour are living evidence that these days, the word "scientist" no longer brings to mind the word "geek."
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Press Release
read the article 'Delta-Like Fan On Mars Suggests Ancient Rivers Were Persistent'
November 13, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Newly seen details in a fan-shaped apron of debris on Mars may help settle a decades-long debate about whether the planet had long-lasting rivers instead of just brief, intense floods.
read the article 'Delta-Like Fan On Mars Suggests Ancient Rivers Were Persistent' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status'
November 4, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A series of tests of one of the science instruments on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has enabled engineers and scientists to identify how to work around an apparent problem detected in August.
read the article 'Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status' Read More
Press Release
read the article '10,232 New MOC Images From August 2002 through February 2003 Released'
September 30, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Today, 30 September 2003, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team is pleased to announce the release of 10,232 newly-validated, archived images acquired between August 2002 and February 2003.
read the article '10,232 New MOC Images From August 2002 through February 2003 Released' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'If You Thought That Was a Close View of Mars, Just Wait'
September 23, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As Earth pulls away from Mars after last month's close approach, NASA is developing a spacecraft that will take advantage of the next close encounter in 2005.
read the article 'If You Thought That Was a Close View of Mars, Just Wait' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Marine Picks First Public Mars Global Surveyor Image'
September 12, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

If you were given a chance to aim the camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter and take a picture of something on the red planet, what would you shoot?
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Press Release
read the article 'Hubble Space Telescope's Viewing Plans For Earth's 'Close Encounter' With Mars'
August 27, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope made observations of the planet Mars on August 26 and 27, when Earth and Mars were closer together than they have been in the last 60,000 years.
read the article 'Hubble Space Telescope's Viewing Plans For Earth's 'Close Encounter' With Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Seeks Public Suggestions For Mars Photos'
August 20, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Earth comes closer to Mars this month than it has in nearly 60,000 years, but one new opportunity for seeing details on the red planet comes from a vantage point much closer.
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Press Release
read the article 'Programs Will Share Inside Story of Mars-Bound Robots'
August 19, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Two free public programs in Pasadena this week will offer an introduction to the challenges and excitement of NASA's project to examine two areas of Mars with robotic rovers that are currently flying to Mars.
read the article 'Programs Will Share Inside Story of Mars-Bound Robots' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'The Planet that Won't Go Away'
August 8, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars' closest approach to Earth was on August 27th--but the red planet is even easier to see now.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars is Melting'
August 7, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The south polar ice cap of Mars is receding, revealing frosty mountains, rifts and curious dark spots.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status'
August 6, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first in-flight checkouts of the science instruments and engineering cameras on NASA's twin Spirit and Opportunity spacecraft on their way to Mars have provided an assessment of the instruments' condition after the stressful vibrations of launch.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's First Scout Mission Selected for 2007 Mars Launch'
August 4, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

In May 2008, the progeny of two promising U.S. missions to Mars will deploy a lander to the water-ice-rich northern polar region, dig with a robotic arm into arctic terrain for clues on the history of water, and search for environments suitable for microbes.
read the article 'NASA's First Scout Mission Selected for 2007 Mars Launch' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Moves in for Some Quality Visual Time'
July 28, 2003

Scientists and amateur astronomers expect a spectacular view of Mars this August as it move closer than it's been in 50,000 years.
read the article 'Mars Moves in for Some Quality Visual Time' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Opportunity On Course for Mars'
July 18, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Opportunity spacecraft made its first trajectory correction maneuver today, a scheduled operation to fine-tune its Mars-bound trajectory, or flight path.
read the article 'Opportunity On Course for Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Students and Teachers to Explore Mars'
July 18, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

While the ultimate field trip might someday be an actual journey to Mars, NASA is doing the next best thing - giving high school teams the opportunity to explore Mars by working on specific research projects during the Mars Exploration Rover missions, set to land on the red planet in January 2004.
read the article 'Students and Teachers to Explore Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Farewell to the Earth and the Moon'
July 17, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A unique view of our home planet and its natural satellite - the Moon - is one of the first data sets coming from ESA's Mars Express.
read the article 'Farewell to the Earth and the Moon' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Dust'
July 9, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Using only backyard telescopes, amateur astronomers are enjoying great views of dust clouds on Mars.
read the article 'Mars Dust' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Continues Healthy Journey'
July 9, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Opportunity spacecraft, the second of twin Mars Exploration Rovers, has successfully reduced its spin rate as planned and switched to celestial navigation using a star scanner.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Continues Healthy Journey' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Newly Launched 'Opportunity' Follows Mars-Bound 'Spirit''
July 7, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA launched its second Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, late Monday night aboard a Delta II launch vehicle whose bright glare briefly illuminated Florida Space Coast beaches.
read the article 'Newly Launched 'Opportunity' Follows Mars-Bound 'Spirit'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status'
June 20, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Spirit spacecraft, the first of twin Mars Exploration Rovers, performed its first trajectory correction maneuver today.
read the article 'Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status'
June 12, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Spirit spacecraft, the first of twin Mars Exploration Rovers, has successfully reduced its spin rate as planned and switched to celestial navigation using a star scanner.
read the article 'Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's 'Spirit' Rises On Its Way To Mars'
June 10, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A NASA robotic geologist named Spirit began its seven-month journey to Mars at 1:58:47 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (10:58:47 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time) today when its Delta II launch vehicle thundered aloft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
read the article 'NASA's 'Spirit' Rises On Its Way To Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Girl With Dreams Names Mars Rovers 'Spirit' and 'Opportunity''
June 8, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Twin robotic geologists NASA is sending to Mars will embody in their newly chosen names -- Spirit and Opportunity -- two cherished attributes that guide humans to explore.
read the article 'Girl With Dreams Names Mars Rovers 'Spirit' and 'Opportunity'' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Clamps away, Mars Express eases its grip on its lander'
June 5, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Europe's first mission to the Red Planet, continues its successful mission with another successful 'high-risk' post-launch milestone. Mars Express engineers breathed a sigh of relief this morning at the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), in Germany.
read the article 'Clamps away, Mars Express eases its grip on its lander' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Odyssey Thermal Data Reveals a Changing Mars'
June 5, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first overview analysis of a year's worth of high-resolution infrared data gathered by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft is opening Mars to a new kind of detailed geological analysis and revealing a dynamic planet that has experienced dramatic environmental change.
read the article 'Odyssey Thermal Data Reveals a Changing Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Will Send Two Robotic Geologists to Roam on Mars'
June 4, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project kicks off by launching the first of two unique robotic geologists on June 8. The identical rolling rovers can see sharper images, explore farther and examine rocks better than anything that's ever landed on Mars. The second rover mission, bound for a different site on Mars, will launch as soon as June 25.
read the article 'NASA Will Send Two Robotic Geologists to Roam on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Express en route for the Red Planet'
June 3, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The European Mars Express space probe has been placed successfully in a trajectory that will take it beyond the terrestrial environment and on the way to Mars - getting there in late December 2003.
read the article 'Mars Express en route for the Red Planet' Read More
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read the article 'U.S. Partners Share in Excitement of Europe's Mars Mission'
June 2, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Americans are participating several ways in the European Space Agency's first mission to Mars, launched today from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
read the article 'U.S. Partners Share in Excitement of Europe's Mars Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Earth, Moon, and Jupiter, as Seen From Mars'
May 22, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

What does Earth look like when viewed from Mars? At 13:00 GMT on 8 May 2003, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) had an opportunity to find out. In addition, a fortuitous alignment of Earth and Jupiter---the first planeary conjunction viewed from another planet---permitted the MOC to acquire an image of both of these bodies and their larger satellites.
read the article 'Earth, Moon, and Jupiter, as Seen From Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'ESA's Mars Express Ready for Launch'
May 5, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Just before midnight on 2 June 2003 (23:45 local time, 19:45 CEST), a Soyuz rocket operated by Starsem will lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and Mars Express will be on its way. The spacecraft was given the green light to launch following a successful flight readiness review on 3 May 2003.
read the article 'ESA's Mars Express Ready for Launch' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Looking for Life of Any Shape or Form'
May 1, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Today, scientists from all areas are working together to answer the ultimate question: can life (in any shape or form) exist anywhere else in the Universe?
read the article 'Looking for Life of Any Shape or Form' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rovers Slated to Examine Two Intriguing Sites on Mars'
April 11, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA has chosen two scientifically compelling landing sites for twin robotic rovers to explore on the surface of Mars early next year.
read the article 'NASA Rovers Slated to Examine Two Intriguing Sites on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars Odyssey Changes Views about Red Planet'
March 13, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has transformed the way scientists are looking at the red planet.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Odyssey Changes Views about Red Planet' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Scientists Say Mars Has a Liquid Iron Core'
March 6, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New information about what is inside Mars shows the red planet has a molten liquid iron core, confirming the interior of the planet has some similarity to Earth and Venus.
read the article 'Scientists Say Mars Has a Liquid Iron Core' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars Odyssey Points to Melting Snow as Cause of Gullies'
February 19, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Images from the visible light camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft, combined with images from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, suggest melting snow is the likely cause of the numerous eroded gullies first documented on Mars in 2000 by Global Surveyor.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Odyssey Points to Melting Snow as Cause of Gullies' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Martian Meteorite NWA 1460 Found in Morocco'
February 12, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A 70.2 gram meteorite completely coated with fusion-crust found in Morocco in December 2001 is almost certainly paired with basaltic shergottite NWA 480 (acquired in November 2000 by Bruno Fectay and Carine Bidaut).
read the article 'Martian Meteorite NWA 1460 Found in Morocco' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Study Shows How Water May Have Flowed On Ancient Mars'
February 12, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA scientists have discovered how an intricate martian network of streams, rivers and lakes may have carried water across Mars.
read the article 'NASA Study Shows How Water May Have Flowed On Ancient Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Roll with the Rovers and
February 12, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA hosts "Explore Mars!" - a Cape Canaveral-area community and family day focusing on the upcoming Mars Exploration Rover-2003 mission, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., at the Radisson Resort at the Port Convention Center, 8701 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, Fla.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Mars and the Final Four'
January 14, 2003

The launch dates for the two Mars Exploration Rovers are getting closer and so is the need to pick a place for them to land.
read the article 'Mars and the Final Four' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Homestretch for NASA & LEGO
January 14, 2003
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA is reminding America's school kids that time is running out on a chance to make history by naming two rovers being launched to explore Mars.
read the article 'Homestretch for NASA & LEGO  Read More

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