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  Date Title
Read the article 'Team Plans Uplink of Protective Files' 08 Dec 2009 Spacecraft Out of Safe Mode
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Orbiter Puts Itself Into Safe Standby' 30 Nov 2009 Orbiter Puts Itself Into Safe Standby
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
UPDATED: December 3, 2009
UPDATED: December 10, 2009
Read the article 'Team Plans Uplink of Protective Files' 24 Nov 2009 Team Plans Uplink of Protective Files
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'NASA and Microsoft Allow Earthlings to Become Martians' 17 Nov 2009 NASA and Microsoft Allow Earthlings to Become Martians
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'NASA to Begin Attempts to Free Sand-Trapped Mars Rover' 12 Nov 2009 NASA to Begin Attempts to Free Sand-Trapped Mars Rover
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Take Me Out to the Ballpark  On Mars!' 05 Nov 2009 Take Me Out to the Ballpark On Mars!
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the article 'Frost-Covered Phoenix Lander Seen in Winter Images' 04 Nov 2009 Frost-Covered Phoenix Lander Seen in Winter Images
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'New Set of High-Resolution Mars Images Online' 07 Oct 2009 New Set of High-Resolution Mars Images Online
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
University of Arizona, Tucson
Read the article 'Radar Map of Buried Mars Layers Matches Climate Cycles' 22 Sep 2009 Radar Map of Buried Mars Layers Matches Climate Cycles
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
University of Arizona, Tucson
Read the article 'Preventive Care Continues; Science on Hold' 04 Sep 2009 Preventive Care Continues; Science on Hold
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Thousands of New Images Show Mars in High Resolution' 02 Sep 2009 Thousands of New Images Show Mars in High Resolution
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
University of Arizona, Tucson
Read the article 'Orbiter in Safe Mode Increases Communication Rate' 28 Aug 2009 Orbiter in Safe Mode Increases Communication Rate
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Mars Orbiter Puts Itself in Safe Mode Again' 26 Aug 2009 Mars Orbiter Puts Itself in Safe Mode Again
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'Mars Orbiter Shows Angled View of Martian Crater' 12 Aug 2009 Mars Orbiter Shows Angled View of Martian Crater
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'Meteorite Found on Mars Yields Clues About Planet's Past' 10 Aug 2009 Meteorite Found on Mars Yields Clues About Planet's Past
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Science Operations Resume' 10 Aug 2009 Science Operations Resume
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'Orbiter Safe After Computer Swap' 07 Aug 2009 Orbiter Safe After Computer Swap
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Heat Shield Readied for Next Mars Rover' 10 Jul 2009 Heat Shield Readied for Next Mars Rover
Source: Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Read the article 'NASA and ESA Establish a Mars Exploration Joint Initiative' 08 Jul 2009 NASA and ESA Establish a Mars Exploration Joint Initiative
Source: NASA
Read the article 'NASA Phoenix Results Point to Martian Climate Cycles' 02 Jul 2009 NASA Phoenix Results Point to Martian Climate Cycles
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'Mars Orbiter Resumes Science Observations' 09 Jun 2009 Mars Orbiter Resumes Science Observations
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'Rebooting Resembles February Event' 04 Jun 2009 Rebooting Resembles February Event
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'NASA Selects Student's Entry as New Mars Rover Name' 27 May 2009 NASA Selects Student's Entry as New Mars Rover Name
Source: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the release 'NASA Scientists Find Evidence for Liquid Water on a Frozen Early Mars' 27 May 2009 NASA Scientists Find Evidence for Liquid Water on a Frozen Early Mars
Source: NASA/Ames Research Center
Read the release 'NASA Rover Sees Variable Environmental History at Martian Crater' 21 May 2009 NASA Rover Sees Variable Environmental History at Martian Crater
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'Mars and Earth Activities Aim to Get Spirit Rolling Again' 18 May 2009 Mars and Earth Activities Aim to Get Spirit Rolling Again
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Soft Ground Puts Spirit in Danger Despite Gain in Daily Energy' 11 May 2009 Soft Ground Puts Spirit in Danger Despite Gain in Daily Energy
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the article 'NASA Releases Interactive 3-D Views of Space Station, New Mars Rover' 07 May 2009 NASA Releases Interactive 3-D Views of Space Station, New Mars Rover
Source: NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the article 'Productive Mars Camera Team Accelerates Releases' 06 May 2009 Productive Mars Camera Team Accelerates Releases
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the article 'Team Continues Analyzing Spirit Computer Reboots and Amnesia Events' 20 Apr 2009 Team Continues Analyzing Spirit Computer Reboots and Amnesia Events
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the article 'Mars Spacecraft Teams on Alert for Dust-Storm Season' 15 Apr 2009 Mars Spacecraft Teams on Alert for Dust-Storm Season
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the article 'HiRISE Sees Signs of an Unearthly Spring' 25 Mar 2009 HiRISE Sees Signs of an Unearthly Spring
Source: University of Arizona
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Read the article 'Online Poll For NASA's Mars Rover Naming Contest Opens March 23' 19 Mar 2009 Online Poll For NASA's Mars Rover Naming Contest Opens March 23
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'One Mars Rover Sees a Distant Goal; The Other Takes a New Route' 18 Mar 2009 One Mars Rover Sees a Distant Goal; The Other Takes a New Route
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the article 'Mars, Then and Now' 13 Mar 2009 Mars, Then and Now - Antique maps, latest streaming satellite images now viewable with Mars in Google Earth
Source: NASA/Google Earth
Read the article 'Mars Rovers Earn Congressional Kudos' 11 Mar 2009 Mars Rovers Earn Congressional Kudos
Read the article 'Spacecraft Reboots Successfully' 11 Mar 2009 Spacecraft Reboots Successfully
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Rebooting Postponed' 10 Mar 2009 Rebooting Postponed
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'New Views of Martian Moon and Surface' 09 Mar 2009 New Views of Martian Moon and Surface
Source: University of Arizona
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View 'NASA'S Mars Rover Spirit Faces Circuitous Route' 05 Mar 2009 NASA'S Mars Rover Spirit Faces Circuitous Route
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
View 'Flight Team to Check Status of Backup System' 04 Mar 2009 Flight Team to Check Status of Backup System
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Fractured Lavas Suggest Floods on Mars' 25 Feb 2009 Fractured Lavas Suggest Floods on Mars
Source: U.S. Geological Survey
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View 'Dawn Spacecraft View of Mars' 20 Feb 2009 Dawn Spacecraft View of Mars
Source: NASA/JPL/MPS/DLR/IDA, and the Dawn Flight Team
View 'Dawn Spacecraft View of Mars' 19 Feb 2009 Award to Recognize Phoenix Mars Lander Team
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Spirit Gets Energy Boost from Cleaner Solar Panels' 12 Feb 2009 Spirit Gets Energy Boost from Cleaner Solar Panels
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Geologic Features in Martian Craters Suggest Deposition and Flow of Water and/or Ice' 05 Feb 2009 Geologic Features in Martian Craters Suggest Deposition and Flow of Water and/or Ice
Source: Planetary Science Institute
Read the article 'Spirit Resumes Driving' 02 Feb 2009 Spirit Resumes Driving
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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Read the release 'Mars Rover Team Diagnosing Unexpected Behavior' Update:
29 Jan 2009
Mars Exploration Rover Mission Status Report:
Mars Rover Team Diagnosing Unexpected Behavior

Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the article 'Deadline Nears For Student Contest to Name NASA's Next Mars Rover' 16 Jan 2009 Deadline Nears For Student Contest to Name NASA's Next Mars Rover
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'Watch, Listen and Celebrate Five Years on Mars' 15 Jan 2009 Watch, Listen and Celebrate Five Years on Mars
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Read the release 'Mars Rovers Near Five Years of Science and Discovery' 15 Jan 2009 Discovery of Methane Reveals Mars is Not a Dead Planet
Source: NASA
Read the release 'NASA to Hold Science Update about Mars Atmospheric Activity' 12 Jan 2009 NASA to Hold Science Update about Mars Atmospheric Activity
Source: Ames Research Center
Read the article 'A Change of Seasons' 02 Jan 2009 A Change of Seasons
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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