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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Movie: I'm Dreaming of a Blue Sunset'
December 22, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A new Mars movie clip gives us a rover's-eye view of a bluish Martian sunset, while another clip shows the silhouette of the moon Phobos passing in front of the sun.
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Feature
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover To Zap Rocks With Laser'
December 22, 2010

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will shoot a laser at rocks and patches of soil with enough power to generate a flash revealing each target's atomic ingredients.
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover To Zap Rocks With Laser' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Provides Travel Tips for Mars Rover'
December 16, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is getting important tips from an orbiting spacecraft as it explores areas that might hold clues about past Martian environments.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Odyssey Spacecraft Sets Exploration Record on Mars'
December 15, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey, which launched in 2001, will break the record Wednesday for longest-serving spacecraft at the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA's Odyssey Spacecraft Sets Exploration Record on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Odyssey Spacecraft Sets Exploration Record on Mars'
December 15, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey, which launched in 2001, will break the record Wednesday for longest-serving spacecraft at the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA's Odyssey Spacecraft Sets Exploration Record on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Odyssey Orbiter Nears Martian Longevity Record'
December 9, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

By the middle of next week, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will have worked longer at Mars than any other spacecraft in history.
read the article 'Odyssey Orbiter Nears Martian Longevity Record' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Odyssey Orbiter Nears Martian Longevity Record'
December 9, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

By the middle of next week, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will have worked longer at Mars than any other spacecraft in history.
read the article 'Odyssey Orbiter Nears Martian Longevity Record' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Pits, Flows, Other Scenes in New Set of Mars Images'
December 1, 2010

Thousands of new Mars images from 340 observations by the highest resolution camera orbiting the Red Planet include scenes of rimless pits, mud volcanoes and other features.
read the article 'Pits, Flows, Other Scenes in New Set of Mars Images' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Construction Webcam Tops Million Viewers'
November 30, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

More than one million people have watched assembly and testing of NASA's next Mars rover via a live webcam since it went online in October.
read the article 'Mars Rover Construction Webcam Tops Million Viewers' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Spain Supplies Weather Station for Next Mars Rover'
November 30, 2010

As it explores a region of Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity will monitor temperatures, winds, humidity and other environmental variables using tools supplied by Spain.
read the article 'Spain Supplies Weather Station for Next Mars Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Images Honor Apollo 12'
November 18, 2010

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has visited and photographed two craters informally named for the spacecraft that carried men to the moon 41 years ago this week.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Images Honor Apollo 12' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Camera on Curiosity's Arm Will Magnify Clues in Rocks'
November 16, 2010

A camera installed this month on the robotic arm of NASA's next Mars rover will do close-up inspections for clues to Martian environments, but it can look far away, too.
read the article 'Camera on Curiosity's Arm Will Magnify Clues in Rocks' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Sensor on Mars Rover to Measure Radiation Environment'
November 9, 2010

One of the experiments on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will measure the natural radiation environment to aid plans for future human missions.
read the article 'Sensor on Mars Rover to Measure Radiation Environment' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rovers Mission Using Cloud Computing'
November 2, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The project team that built and operates the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity has become the first NASA space mission to use cloud computing for daily mission operations.
read the article 'Mars Rovers Mission Using Cloud Computing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Silica on a Mars Volcano Tells of Wet and Cozy Past'
October 31, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Light-colored mounds of a mineral deposited on a volcanic cone more than three billion years ago may preserve evidence of one of the most recent habitable microenvironments on Mars.
read the article 'Silica on a Mars Volcano Tells of Wet and Cozy Past' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Study Links Fresh Mars Gullies to Carbon Dioxide'
October 29, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A growing bounty of images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals that the timing of new activity in one type of the enigmatic gullies on Mars implicates carbon-dioxide frost, rather than water, as the agent causing fresh flows of sand.
read the article 'Study Links Fresh Mars Gullies to Carbon Dioxide' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Trapped Mars Rover Finds Evidence Of Subsurface Water'
October 28, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The ground where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became stuck last year holds evidence that water, perhaps as snow melt, trickled into the subsurface fairly recently and on a continuing basis.
read the article 'NASA Trapped Mars Rover Finds Evidence Of Subsurface Water' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Maven Mission'
October 21, 2010

NASA has selected United Launch Services, LLC of Littleton, Colo., to launch the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft known as MAVEN. MAVEN will launch in November 2013 aboard an Atlas V 401 rocket from Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
read the article 'NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Maven Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Watch Construction Of NASA's New Mars Rover Live On The Web'
October 21, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A newly installed webcam is giving the public an opportunity to watch technicians assemble and test the next NASA Mars rover, one of the most technologically challenging interplanetary missions ever designed.
read the article 'Watch Construction Of NASA's New Mars Rover Live On The Web' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Long-Lived Mars Odyssey Gets New Project Manager'
October 15, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The new project manager for the longest-working spacecraft currently active at Mars, NASA's Mars Odyssey, has a long track record himself.
read the article 'Long-Lived Mars Odyssey Gets New Project Manager' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Mobile Mars Lab Almost Ready For Curiosity Rover'
October 8, 2010

A suite of instruments to analyze samples of Martian rocks and soil for chemistry relevant to life is being readied in Maryland for NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity.
read the article 'Mobile Mars Lab Almost Ready For Curiosity Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA gives LASP-led Mars mission green light'
October 5, 2010
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

The effort, known as the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission, will explore the past climate of Mars, including its potential for harboring life over the ages.
read the article 'NASA gives LASP-led Mars mission green light' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Thumbs Up Given For 2013 NASA Mars Orbiter'
October 4, 2010

NASA's mission to investigate the mystery of how Mars lost much of its atmosphere has won approval for development, and will move toward a 2013 launch.
read the article 'Thumbs Up Given For 2013 NASA Mars Orbiter' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Atmosphere Checked, One Mars Year Before a Landing'
September 29, 2010

In preparation for NASA's next rover landing on the Red Planet, one Mars year away, an instrument studying the Martian atmosphere from orbit has begun a campaign.
read the article 'Atmosphere Checked, One Mars Year Before a Landing' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Laser Tool for Studying Mars Rocks Delivered to JPL'
September 21, 2010

A tool newly delivered from Los Alamos National Laboratory for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will zap Martian rocks with a laser to learn the rocks' makeup.
read the article 'Laser Tool for Studying Mars Rocks Delivered to JPL' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Approaching Possible Meteorite'
September 21, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A dark rock about the size of a toaster oven is visible in images NASA's Mars rover Opportunity took on Sept. 16. It may be a meteorite. The rover is going for a closer look.
read the article 'Mars Rover Opportunity Approaching Possible Meteorite' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mission Status Report: Orbiter Resumes Science Observations'
September 20, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter resumed observing Mars with its science instruments on Sept. 18, recovering from an unplanned reboot of its computer three days earlier.
read the article 'Mission Status Report: Orbiter Resumes Science Observations' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mission Status Report: Orbiter Resumes Science Observations'
September 20, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter resumed observing Mars with its science instruments on Sept. 18, recovering from an unplanned reboot of its computer three days earlier.
read the article 'Mission Status Report: Orbiter Resumes Science Observations' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Team Restoring Mars Orbiter after Reboot'
September 17, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into a precautionary standby mode after experiencing a spontaneous computer reboot on Sept. 15. The mission's ground team has begun restoring the spacecraft to full operations.
read the article 'Team Restoring Mars Orbiter after Reboot' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie'
September 16, 2010

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory put Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, through an obstacle course to test its mobility system.
read the article 'Building Curiosity: Rover Rocks Rocker-Bogie' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Strong Robotic Arm Extends From Next Mars Rover'
September 16, 2010

Tests underway in a JPL clean room will refine the precision of movements by a robotic arm that can reach more than 7 feet in front of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.
read the article 'Strong Robotic Arm Extends From Next Mars Rover' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Five Things About NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover'
September 16, 2010

Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term program of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. The mission is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in late 2011, and arrive at an intriguing region of Mars in August 2012.
read the article 'Five Things About NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover Rolls Over Ramps'
September 13, 2010

The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity, exercised its mobility system by driving over raised ramps in recent testing at JPL.
read the article 'NASA's Next Mars Rover Rolls Over Ramps' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Data Shed New Light About Water And Volcanoes On Mars'
September 9, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Instruments on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander included the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer, right, which analyzed the atmosphere, as well as soil samples.
read the article 'NASA Data Shed New Light About Water And Volcanoes On Mars' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Opportunity Rover Reaches Halfway Point of Long Trek'
September 8, 2010

During a long drive on Labor Day, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity reached the estimated halfway point of its journey from Victoria Crater to Endeavour Crater.
read the article 'Opportunity Rover Reaches Halfway Point of Long Trek' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Stretches Robotic Arm'
September 7, 2010

Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover that will be on Mars two years from now, has been flexing the robotic arm that spacecraft workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory attached to the rover body in August 2010.
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Stretches Robotic Arm' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Missing Piece Inspires New Look At Mars Puzzle'
September 3, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Experiments prompted by a 2008 surprise from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suggest that soil examined by NASA's Viking Mars landers in 1976 may have contained carbon-based chemical building blocks of life.
read the article 'Missing Piece Inspires New Look At Mars Puzzle' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Tracing The Big Picture Of Mars' Atmosphere'
August 26, 2010

One of the instruments on a 2016 mission to orbit Mars will provide daily profiles of the changing structure of the planet's atmosphere.
read the article 'Tracing The Big Picture Of Mars' Atmosphere' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'History-Making Mars Mission Launched 35 Years Ago'
August 20, 2010

Thrust from a Titan 3/Centaur rocket launched NASA's Viking 1 spacecraft on a 505-million-mile journey to Mars on Aug. 20, 1975. Viking 2 followed three weeks later.
read the article 'History-Making Mars Mission Launched 35 Years Ago' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Hundreds of New Views from Telescope Orbiting Mars'
August 4, 2010

The most powerful telescopic camera ever to orbit Mars reveals a fresh crater, an ice mound, climate-recording layers and many other views in 314 newly released observations.
read the article 'Hundreds of New Views from Telescope Orbiting Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'New Project Manager for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter'
August 2, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has a new project manager: Phil Varghese, who has managed another veteran NASA Mars mission – the Mars Odyssey orbiter – since 2004.
read the article 'New Project Manager for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA and ESA's First Joint Mission To Mars Selects Instruments'
August 2, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have embarked on a joint program to explore Mars in the coming decades and selected the five science instruments for the first mission.
read the article 'NASA and ESA's First Joint Mission To Mars Selects Instruments' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA'S Hibernating Mars Rover May Not Call Home'
July 30, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA mission controllers have not heard from the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit since March 22, and the rover is facing its toughest challenge yet – trying to survive the harsh Martian winter.
read the article 'NASA'S Hibernating Mars Rover May Not Call Home' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Martian Dust Devil Whirls into Opportunity's View'
July 28, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has photographed its first dust devil, a challenging feat in the area where Opportunity is working.
read the article 'Martian Dust Devil Whirls into Opportunity's View' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Curiosity Takes First Baby Steps'
July 23, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Like proud parents savoring their baby’s very first steps, mission team members gathered in a gallery above a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to watch the Mars Curiosity rover roll for the first time.
read the article 'Mars Curiosity Takes First Baby Steps' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Grows by Leaps and Bounds'
July 23, 2010

Talk about a growth-spurt. In one week, Curiosity grew by approximately 1 meter (3.5 feet) when spacecraft technicians and engineers attached the rover’s neck and head (called the Remote Sensing Mast) to its body.
read the article 'Curiosity Rover Grows by Leaps and Bounds' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Camera Yields Most Accurate Mars Map Ever'
July 23, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A camera aboard NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has helped develop the most accurate global Martian map ever. Researchers and the public can access the map via several websites and explore and survey the entire surface of the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Camera Yields Most Accurate Mars Map Ever' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Orbiter Puts Itself Into Standby Safe Mode'
July 20, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey returned to full operations on July 23. The orbiter's science camera, and two neutron detectors are working normally. Relays of communications from the Mars rover Opportunity have resumed.
read the article 'Orbiter Puts Itself Into Standby Safe Mode' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover's Touchdown'
July 19, 2010

A downward-pointing camera on the front-left side of NASA's Curiosity rover will give adventure fans worldwide an unprecedented sense of riding a spacecraft to a landing on Mars.
read the article 'Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover's Touchdown' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Curiosity Spins Its Wheels'
July 13, 2010

The wheels that will touch down on Mars in 2012 are several rotations closer to spinning on the rocky trails of Mars.
read the article 'Curiosity Spins Its Wheels' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA and Microsoft Provide Mars 3-D Close Encounter'
July 12, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA and Microsoft Research are bringing Mars to life with new features in the WorldWide Telescope software that provide viewers with a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA and Microsoft Provide Mars 3-D Close Encounter' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'We’ve Got Wheels!'
July 7, 2010

Six of them! And these wheels aren’t meant for the concrete roadways, bustling freeways, or sleepy highways - they’re destined for off-roading on Mars.
read the article 'We’ve Got Wheels!' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'We’ve Got Wheels!'
July 7, 2010

Six of them! And these wheels aren’t meant for the concrete roadways, bustling freeways, or sleepy highways - they’re destined for off-roading on Mars.
read the article 'We’ve Got Wheels!' Read More
Feature
read the article 'Next Mars Rover Sports a Set of New Wheels'
July 1, 2010

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, is sitting pretty on a set of spiffy new wheels that would be the envy of any car show on Earth.

The wheels and a suspension system were added this week by spacecraft technicians and engineers. These new and important touches are a key step in assembling and testing the flight system in advance of a planned 2011 launch.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Seeing Destination in More Detail'
June 29, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A super-resolution view toward Endeavour Crater from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows discernible features in the rim of that long-term destination.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Seeing Destination in More Detail' Read More
Feature
read the article 'NASA Instrument Will Identify Clues to Martian Past'
June 28, 2010

NASA's Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals.
read the article 'NASA Instrument Will Identify Clues to Martian Past' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'New Clues Suggest Wet Era on Early Mars was Global'
June 24, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Minerals in northern Mars craters seen by two orbiters suggest that a phase in Mars' early history with conditions favorable to life occurred globally, not just in the south.
read the article 'New Clues Suggest Wet Era on Early Mars was Global' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Seventh Graders Find a Cave on Mars'
June 17, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

California middle school students using the camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter have found lava tubes with one pit that appears to be a skylight to a cave.
read the article 'Seventh Graders Find a Cave on Mars' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Strange Martian Spirals Explained'
June 16, 2010

Almost 40 years ago, NASA's Mariner 9 spacecraft relayed to Earth the first video images of Mars' northern polar ice cap, revealing a strange pattern of spiral swirls that has puzzled scientists ever since. Using new data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers have finally uncovered the secrets of the troughs that snake through the ice cap like a spiraled maze.
read the article 'Strange Martian Spirals Explained' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Dryden Hosts Radar Tests for Next Mars Landing'
June 11, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Engineers have finished a key step in testing the radar system for NASA's next mission to Mars, using helicopter flights at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
read the article 'NASA Dryden Hosts Radar Tests for Next Mars Landing' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Detailed Martian Scenes in New Images from Mars Orbiter'
June 9, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Six hundred recent observations of the Mars landscape from an orbiting telescopic camera include scenes of sinuous gullies, geometrical ridges and steep cliffs.
read the article 'Detailed Martian Scenes in New Images from Mars Orbiter' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rovers Finds Clue to Mars' Past and Environment for Life'
June 3, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Rocks examined by NASA's Spirit Mars Rover hold evidence of a wet, non-acidic ancient environment that may have been favorable for life. Confirming this mineral clue took four years of analysis by several scientists.
read the article 'NASA Rovers Finds Clue to Mars' Past and Environment for Life' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Penetrates Mysteries of Martian Ice Cap'
May 26, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have helped scientists solve a pair of mysteries dating back four decades and provided new information about climate change on the Red Planet.
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Penetrates Mysteries of Martian Ice Cap' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Phoenix Mars Lander Does Not Phone Home, New Image Shows Damage'
May 24, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander has ended operations after repeated, unsuccessful attempts to contact the lander, and a new orbiter image shows signs of ice damage to Phoenix.
read the article 'Phoenix Mars Lander Does Not Phone Home, New Image Shows Damage' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Geometry Drives Selection Date For 2011 Mars Launch'
May 20, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

For optimal communications during arrival at Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, will launch after Thanksgiving 2011 and land on Mars in August 2012.
read the article 'Geometry Drives Selection Date For 2011 Mars Launch' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars Rovers Set Surface Longevity Record'
May 19, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project will pass a historic Martian longevity record on Thursday, May 20.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Rovers Set Surface Longevity Record' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Final Attempts to Hear from Mars Phoenix Scheduled'
May 13, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

From May 17 to 21, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will conduct a fourth and final campaign to check on whether the Phoenix Mars Lander has come back to life.
read the article 'Final Attempts to Hear from Mars Phoenix Scheduled' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Image Takes Earth Photo Event to a New World'
May 6, 2010

When some Mars explorers learned of plans for a worldwide photography event combining shots taken from thousands of different locations on May 2, 2010, they figured, "Why just one world?"
read the article 'Mars Image Takes Earth Photo Event to a New World' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'New Martian Views From Orbiting Camera Show Diversity'
May 5, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New images from more than 750 recent observations of Mars by an orbiting telescopic camera testify to the diversity of landscapes there.
read the article 'New Martian Views From Orbiting Camera Show Diversity' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Retracing a Rover's Steps out of Victoria Crater'
May 3, 2010

This movie shows the wheel tracks left by the Opportunity rover as it climbed uphill out of Victoria crater.
read the article 'Retracing a Rover's Steps out of Victoria Crater' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Rover Sees Distant Crater Rims on Horizon'
April 30, 2010

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has captured a new view of the rim of Endeavour crater, the rover's destination in a multi-year traverse along the sandy Martian landscape. A portion of the rim about 13 kilometers (8 miles) away appears on the horizon at the left edge of the image.
read the article 'Mars Rover Sees Distant Crater Rims on Horizon' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'No Peep from Phoenix in Third Odyssey Listening Stint'
April 13, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter heard no signal from the Phoenix Mars Lander when it listened from orbit while passing over Phoenix 60 times last week.
read the article 'No Peep from Phoenix in Third Odyssey Listening Stint' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Helicopter Helps Test Radar for 2012 Mars Landing'
April 13, 2010

This spring, engineers are testing a radar system that will serve during the next landing on Mars.
read the article 'Helicopter Helps Test Radar for 2012 Mars Landing' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'San Diego Team Delivers Camera for Next Mars Rover'
April 6, 2010

JPL has received the two cameras for the Mast Camera instrument, the science-imaging workhorse of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, to be launched next year.
read the article 'San Diego Team Delivers Camera for Next Mars Rover' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Spirit May Have Begun Months-Long Hibernation'
March 31, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit skipped a planned communication session on March 30 and, as anticipated from recent power-supply projections, has probably entered a low-power hibernation mode.
read the article 'Spirit May Have Begun Months-Long Hibernation' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Spacecraft Snaps Photos Chosen by Public'
March 31, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The most powerful camera aboard a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars has returned the first pictures of locations on the Red Planet suggested by the public.
read the article 'NASA Mars Spacecraft Snaps Photos Chosen by Public' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Space Operations Award Going to Mars Rover Team'
March 25, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The team that operates NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity will receive the 2010 International Space Ops Award for Outstanding Achievement.
read the article 'Space Operations Award Going to Mars Rover Team' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Opportunity Surpasses 20 Kilometers of Total Driving'
March 24, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity today surpassed 20 kilometers (12.43 miles) of total driving since it landed on Mars 74 months ago.
read the article 'Opportunity Surpasses 20 Kilometers of Total Driving' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rover Examines Odd Material at Small, Young Crater'
March 24, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Weird coatings on rocks beside a young Martian crater remain puzzling after a preliminary look at data from examination of the site by NASA's Opportunity rover.
read the article 'Mars Rover Examines Odd Material at Small, Young Crater' Read More
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read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Getting Smarter as it Gets Older'
March 23, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, now in its seventh year on Mars, has a new capability to make its own choices about whether to make additional observations of rocks that it spots on arrival at a new location.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Getting Smarter as it Gets Older' Read More
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read the article 'Mars Dunes: On the Move?'
March 4, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New studies of ripples and dunes shaped by the winds on Mars testify to variability on that planet, identifying at least one place where ripples are actively migrating and another where the ripples have been stationary for 100,000 years or more.
read the article 'Mars Dunes: On the Move?' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Speeds Past Data Milestone'
March 3, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's newest Mars orbiter, completing its fourth year at the Red Planet next week, has just passed a data-volume milestone unimaginable a generation ago and still difficult to fathom: 100 terabits.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Speeds Past Data Milestone' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Radar Map of Buried Martian Ice Adds to Climate Record'
March 2, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Extensive radar mapping of the middle-latitude region of northern Mars shows that thick masses of buried ice are quite common beneath protective coverings of rubble.
read the article 'Radar Map of Buried Martian Ice Adds to Climate Record' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Still Hears Nothing From Phoenix'
March 1, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

UPDATED : April 2, 2010 Third Listening Period to Begin Monday, April 5
From April 5 through April 9, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will conduct a third campaign to check whether the Phoenix Mars Lander has come back to life after experiencing a Martian arctic winter it was not designed to survive.
read the article 'Mars Odyssey Still Hears Nothing From Phoenix' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Spirit's Journey to the Center of Mars'
February 24, 2010

Mars rover Spirit has tenaciously swept, scraped, and squeezed secrets from the forbidding surface of Mars for 6 years. If Spirit can make it through to spring, the feisty robot will prove it's still in the game--by solving the mysteries of the Martian core.
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Press Release
read the article 'No Signal Heard During First Day of Resumed Listening for Phoenix'
February 23, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Odyssey began a second campaign Monday to check on whether the Phoenix Mars Lander has revived itself after the northern Martian winter. The orbiter received no signal from the lander during the first 10 overflights of this campaign.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Roving to the Beat of Their Own Drum'
February 22, 2010

While the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity do not carry a microphone, these audio excerpts represent the journeys the Mars rovers have made while driving across the plains, mountains and craters of Mars during the last six years.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Last Chance to Enter Kids' Science Challenge!'
February 17, 2010

Design a Sport for Mars and Win a Trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Kids Science Challenge, with support from NASA's Imagine Mars Project, is asking students in grades 3 through 6 to consider what sports might be played by members of the first martian community.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Enhanced 3D Model of Mars Crater Edge Shows Ups and Downs'
February 17, 2010

A dramatic 3D Mars view based on terrain modeling from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data shows "highs and lows" of Mojave Crater.
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Press Release
read the article 'Layers Piled in a Mars Crater Record a History of Changes'
February 11, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Near the center of a Martian crater about the size of Connecticut, hundreds of exposed rock layers form a mound as tall as the Rockies and reveal a record of major environmental changes on Mars billions of years ago.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Engineers Flex Curiosity's Robotic Arm and Tools'
February 11, 2010

Engineers just completed the first end-to-end test for Curiosity's robotic arm and sampling tools, "flexing" the arm to see if it plays "nice" with the rest of the system.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Curriculum Vitae- Spirit, Mars Exploration Rover A'
January 26, 2010

Name: Spirit, Mars Exploration Rover A
Address: "Troy," 14.6 degrees South, 175.5 degrees East, Gusev Crater, Mars, 4th Rock from the Sun
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Press Release
read the article 'Rover Gives NASA an
January 21, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars exploration rover Opportunity is allowing scientists to get a glimpse deep inside Mars.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Spirit Switches to Backward Drives'
January 20, 2010

The rover team has begun driving Spirit backward as next technique for attempting to extricate the rover from the sand trap where it is embedded.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Listening for Phoenix Lander Hears Nothing'
January 20, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

UPDATED: January 21, 2010
January Listening Period Ends with No Word from Phoenix Mars Lander


NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has completed all 30 relay overflights of the Phoenix landing site that were scheduled for Jan. 18 to 21, and heard nothing from the lander.
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Press Release
read the article 'Public Invited To Pick Pixels on Mars'
January 20, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The most powerful camera aboard a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars will soon be taking photo suggestions from the public.
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Press Release
read the article 'Resumed Mars Orbiter Observations Yield Stunning Views'
January 14, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dunes of sand-sized materials have been trapped on the floors of many Martian craters. This view shows dunes inside a crater in Noachis Terra, west of the giant Hellas impact basin in Mars' southern hemisphere.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Just a Few More Approaches to Try for Extrication'
January 13, 2010

The list of remaining maneuvers being considered for extricating Spirit is becoming shorter.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA to Check for Unlikely Winter Survival of Mars Lander'
January 11, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Beginning Jan. 18, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will listen for possible, though improbable, radio transmissions from the Phoenix Mars Lander, which completed five months of studying an arctic Martian site in November 2008.
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Press Release
read the article 'Martian Landform Observations Fill Special Journal Issue'
January 11, 2010
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Martian landforms shaped by winds, water, lava flow, seasonal icing and other forces are analyzed in 21 journal reports based on data from a camera orbiting Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Goddard Scientist's Breakthrough Given Ticket to Mars'
January 6, 2010
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

A new Mars mission will be checking whether a carefully chosen area of Mars has ever had an environment favorable for the development of life and preservation of evidence about life.
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