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Mars is a cold desert world. It is half the diameter of Earth and has the same amount of dry land. Like Earth, Mars has seasons, polar ice caps, volcanoes, canyons and weather, but its atmosphere is too thin for liquid water to exist for long on the surface. There are signs of ancient floods on Mars, but evidence for water now exists mainly in icy soil and thin clouds.

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The Opposition of Mars
The Opposition of Mars
By the time you finish reading this story, you'll be about 1,000 km closer to the planet Mars.Read More...
MAVEN Solar Wind Electron Analyzer Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels
MAVEN Solar Wind Electron Analyzer Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission launches in November to study why the Red Planet is losing its atmosphere, one of its instruments will look to electrically charged particles called electrons for answers.Read More...
Planetary Seasons
Planetary Seasons
Planetary seasons are caused by two factors: axial tilt and variable distance from the sun (orbital eccentricity).Read More...
Mars Rover Provides Clues to Mars' Past Atmosphere
Mars Rover Provides Clues to Mars' Past Atmosphere
New results from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover reveal new clues about the atmospheric composition on Mars, and about how the planet lost much of its original atmosphere.Read More...
New Evidence for a Martian Ocean
New Evidence for a Martian Ocean
Scientists studying data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have discovered new evidence that Mars may have once had a vast ocean on its surface.Read More...
Comet ISON to fly by Mars
Comet ISON to fly by Mars
Around the world, astronomers are buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON.Read More...
Ancient Snowfall on Mars
Ancient Snowfall on Mars
A new study supported in part by NASA has identified a potential origin for ancient water on Mars that was responsible for carving valley networks that branch across the planet's surfaceRead More...
JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
JPL engineers collaborate with NASA Dryden on tests of spacecraft landing technology using Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket.Read More...
MAVEN Eyes Mars as Launch Preps Begin
MAVEN Eyes Mars as Launch Preps Begin
MAVEN's approach to Mars studies will be quite different from that taken by recent probes dispatched to the Red Planet.Read More...
Evidence for a Martian Ocean
Evidence for a Martian Ocean
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered evidence for an ancient delta on Mars where a river might once have emptied into a vast ocean.Read More...
Opportunity's Improbable Anniversary
Opportunity's Improbable Anniversary
Few, if any, imagined that Opportunity would still be roving the red sands of Mars -- and still making discoveries -- ten years later.Read More...
Dry Ice
Dry Ice "Snowboards" on Mars
NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide -- dry ice -- may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go.Read More...
Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
Research... at a Glance
Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
Here is what the experts had to say about their favorite moments last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Regenerative Fuel Cells, Energy Storage Systems for Space Applications
Regenerative Fuel Cells, Energy Storage Systems for Space Applications
This talk provides an introduction to fuel cells and regenerative fuel cell systems. It also highlights the features of this technology for enabling future NASA missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids and Mars.Read More...
There and Back Again: The Migration of Robotic Arm Technology from Mars to Earth
There and Back Again: The Migration of Robotic Arm Technology from Mars to Earth
This talk provides an overview of the challenges of the design and use of Curiosity's robotic arm and is followed by a description of those same challenges faced by JPL's RoboSimian robot, which will compete in the Robotic Challenge.Read More...
Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars
Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars
A comet is heading for Mars, and there is a chance that it might hit the Red Planet in October 2014. An impact wouldn't necessarily mean the end of NASA's Mars program. But it would transform the program along with Mars itself.Read More...
Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer
Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission begins its journey to the Red Planet in 2013, it will carry a sensitive magnetic-field instrument built and tested by a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Mike Malin, President and Chief Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Mike Malin, President and Chief Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
State of the Solar System
State of the Solar System
As the president prepares to give his annual State of the Union Address, we offer our own update from the ongoing exploration of our cosmic neighborhood.Read More...
Comet of the Century?
Comet of the Century?
Later this year, "Comet ISON" could blossom into a striking naked eye object visible even in broad daylight.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Neil Gehrels, Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Neil Gehrels, Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Earth at Perihelion
Earth at Perihelion
In January, our planet made its annual closest approach to the sun. But don't expect things to warm up.Read More...
What's Next for NASA: 2013
What's Next for NASA: 2013
In 2013, NASA will push ahead with an ambitious exploration program, continuing crew flights and commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station, and advancing the systems needed to send humans deeper into space.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ashley Stroupe (Robotics Software Engineer / Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ashley Stroupe (Robotics Software Engineer / Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ayanna Howard (Robotics Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ayanna Howard (Robotics Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jim Kasting (Distinguished Professor of Geoscience at Penn State University)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jim Kasting (Distinguished Professor of Geoscience at Penn State University)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ralph Carruth (Manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ralph Carruth (Manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Curiosity Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing
Curiosity Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing
August 22, 2012: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.Read More...
Mars Rover Curiosity in Familiar Ground
Mars Rover Curiosity in Familiar Ground
The SUV-sized Mars rover Curiosity now finds itself just where scientists wanted it: at the northern edge and rim of Gale Crater. What's remarkable is how familiar the landscape looks.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Cassie Conley (Planetary Protection Officer at NASA Headquarters)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Cassie Conley (Planetary Protection Officer at NASA Headquarters)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Mars Landing Sky Show
Mars Landing Sky Show
On the same night Curiosity lands on Mars, a "Martian Triangle" will appear in sunset skies of Earth. The first-magnitude apparition on August 5th gives space fans something to do while they wait for news from the Red Planet.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Suzanne Dodd (Project Manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Suzanne Dodd (Project Manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Paolo Bellutta (Machine Vision Group/Mars Exploration Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Paolo Bellutta (Machine Vision Group/Mars Exploration Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Steve Vance (Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Steve Vance (Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Seeking Signs of Life at the Glacier's Edge
Seeking Signs of Life at the Glacier's Edge
Microbes living at the edges of Arctic ice sheets could help researchers pinpoint evidence for similar microorganisms that could have evolved on Mars, the Jovian moon Europa, or Saturn's moon Enceladus.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: William Borucki (Science Principal Investigator for the Kepler Mission at NASA Ames Research Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: William Borucki (Science Principal Investigator for the Kepler Mission at NASA Ames Research Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Robert Pappalardo (Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Robert Pappalardo (Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Grinspoon (Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Grinspoon (Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Curiosity, the Stunt Double
Curiosity, the Stunt Double
En route to the Red Planet, Mars rover Curiosity has experienced the strongest solar radiation storm since 2005. Researchers say this is part of Curiosity's job as a 'stunt double' for human astronauts.Read More...
Radioisotope Power Systems:  Power to Explore
Research... at a Glance
Radioisotope Power Systems: Power to Explore
For more than four decades, Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) have played a critical role in the exploration of space, enabling missions of scientific discovery to destinations across the solar system.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Robert Mitchell (Cassini Program Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Robert Mitchell (Cassini Program Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
"Slam Dunk" Sign of Ancient Water on Mars
As NASA's newest Mars rover Curiosity heads for the Red Planet, veteran rover Opportunity continues to make discoveries. Opportunity's latest find, an apparent vein of the mineral gypsum, is a "slam dunk" sign of past water on Mars, say researchers.Read More...
Mars Rover Well-Equipped for Studies
Mars Rover Well-Equipped for Studies
The Mars Science Laboratory is taking a toolbox to Mars that any researcher would be proud of. A drill, metallic brush and even a laser are part of the gear set the Mars Science Laboratory called Curiosity is taking to the red planet.Read More...
Preparing for Future Human Exploration: Measuring the Radiation Environment on Mars
Preparing for Future Human Exploration: Measuring the Radiation Environment on Mars
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) led the development of the Radiation Assessment Detector, which will measure, for the first time, the radiation environment on the surface of Mars, measuring all the relevant energetic particle species.Read More...
New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile
New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile
Two new NASA missions, one that will roam the surface and another that will orbit the planet and dip briefly into its upper atmosphere, will try to discover what transformed Mars.Read More...
Launch Team Focuses on Unique Needs of Curiosity
Launch Team Focuses on Unique Needs of Curiosity
NASA is fueling the Curiosity rover with a plutonium-powered battery of sorts called a multi-mission radioisotope thermal generator, or MMRTG.Read More...
Atmospheric Modeling of Martian Methane Plumes: The Debate Continues
Atmospheric Modeling of Martian Methane Plumes: The Debate Continues
From recent observations, it has been suggested that there is evidence for the periodic (seasonal) release of methane occur from discrete surface locations on Mars, although the exact location and mechanism of release is still unknown.Read More...
The Strange Attraction of Gale Crater
The Strange Attraction of Gale Crater
It sounds a little odd -- a mountain in the middle of an impact crater.Read More...
Help NASA Find Life On Mars With MAPPER
Help NASA Find Life On Mars With MAPPER
Would you like to participate in NASA's analog research program? Now you can with MAPPER.Read More...
Jupiter's
Jupiter's "Grand Tack" Reshaped the Solar System
Jupiter, long settled in its position as the fifth planet from our sun, was a rolling stone in its youth.Read More...
Out of Thin Martian Air
Out of Thin Martian Air
Mars has lost an ocean's worth of water, but to find where it all went will take satellites and computer models working in conjunction.Read More...
NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars
NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars
Observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars.Read More...
The Heartbeat of the Mars Exploration Rovers
The Heartbeat of the Mars Exploration Rovers
Spirit gets it juice for an extended tour of Mars from special batteries.Read More...
 
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The Opposition of Mars
The Opposition of Mars
By the time you finish reading this story, you'll be about 1,000 km closer to the planet Mars.Read More...
MAVEN Solar Wind Electron Analyzer Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels
MAVEN Solar Wind Electron Analyzer Seeks Answers at Microscopic Levels
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission launches in November to study why the Red Planet is losing its atmosphere, one of its instruments will look to electrically charged particles called electrons for answers.Read More...
Planetary Seasons
Planetary Seasons
Planetary seasons are caused by two factors: axial tilt and variable distance from the sun (orbital eccentricity).Read More...
Mars Rover Provides Clues to Mars' Past Atmosphere
Mars Rover Provides Clues to Mars' Past Atmosphere
New results from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover reveal new clues about the atmospheric composition on Mars, and about how the planet lost much of its original atmosphere.Read More...
New Evidence for a Martian Ocean
New Evidence for a Martian Ocean
Scientists studying data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have discovered new evidence that Mars may have once had a vast ocean on its surface.Read More...
Comet ISON to fly by Mars
Comet ISON to fly by Mars
Around the world, astronomers are buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON.Read More...
Ancient Snowfall on Mars
Ancient Snowfall on Mars
A new study supported in part by NASA has identified a potential origin for ancient water on Mars that was responsible for carving valley networks that branch across the planet's surfaceRead More...
JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
JPL engineers collaborate with NASA Dryden on tests of spacecraft landing technology using Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket.Read More...
MAVEN Eyes Mars as Launch Preps Begin
MAVEN Eyes Mars as Launch Preps Begin
MAVEN's approach to Mars studies will be quite different from that taken by recent probes dispatched to the Red Planet.Read More...
Evidence for a Martian Ocean
Evidence for a Martian Ocean
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered evidence for an ancient delta on Mars where a river might once have emptied into a vast ocean.Read More...
Opportunity's Improbable Anniversary
Opportunity's Improbable Anniversary
Few, if any, imagined that Opportunity would still be roving the red sands of Mars -- and still making discoveries -- ten years later.Read More...
Dry Ice
Dry Ice "Snowboards" on Mars
NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide -- dry ice -- may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go.Read More...
Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
Research... at a Glance
Solar System Exploration @ 50: What the Experts Picked
Here is what the experts had to say about their favorite moments last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Regenerative Fuel Cells, Energy Storage Systems for Space Applications
Regenerative Fuel Cells, Energy Storage Systems for Space Applications
This talk provides an introduction to fuel cells and regenerative fuel cell systems. It also highlights the features of this technology for enabling future NASA missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids and Mars.Read More...
There and Back Again: The Migration of Robotic Arm Technology from Mars to Earth
There and Back Again: The Migration of Robotic Arm Technology from Mars to Earth
This talk provides an overview of the challenges of the design and use of Curiosity's robotic arm and is followed by a description of those same challenges faced by JPL's RoboSimian robot, which will compete in the Robotic Challenge.Read More...
Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars
Collision Course? A Comet Heads for Mars
A comet is heading for Mars, and there is a chance that it might hit the Red Planet in October 2014. An impact wouldn't necessarily mean the end of NASA's Mars program. But it would transform the program along with Mars itself.Read More...
Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer
Measuring Mars: The MAVEN Magnetometer
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission begins its journey to the Red Planet in 2013, it will carry a sensitive magnetic-field instrument built and tested by a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Mike Malin, President and Chief Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Mike Malin, President and Chief Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
State of the Solar System
State of the Solar System
As the president prepares to give his annual State of the Union Address, we offer our own update from the ongoing exploration of our cosmic neighborhood.Read More...
Comet of the Century?
Comet of the Century?
Later this year, "Comet ISON" could blossom into a striking naked eye object visible even in broad daylight.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Neil Gehrels, Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Neil Gehrels, Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Earth at Perihelion
Earth at Perihelion
In January, our planet made its annual closest approach to the sun. But don't expect things to warm up.Read More...
What's Next for NASA: 2013
What's Next for NASA: 2013
In 2013, NASA will push ahead with an ambitious exploration program, continuing crew flights and commercial resupply missions to the International Space Station, and advancing the systems needed to send humans deeper into space.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ashley Stroupe (Robotics Software Engineer / Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ashley Stroupe (Robotics Software Engineer / Mars Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ayanna Howard (Robotics Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ayanna Howard (Robotics Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jim Kasting (Distinguished Professor of Geoscience at Penn State University)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jim Kasting (Distinguished Professor of Geoscience at Penn State University)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ralph Carruth (Manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Ralph Carruth (Manager, Materials and Processes Laboratory at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Amanda Hendrix (Planetary Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Curiosity Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing
Curiosity Begins Driving at Bradbury Landing
August 22, 2012: NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun driving from its landing site, which scientists announced today they have named for the late author Ray Bradbury.Read More...
Mars Rover Curiosity in Familiar Ground
Mars Rover Curiosity in Familiar Ground
The SUV-sized Mars rover Curiosity now finds itself just where scientists wanted it: at the northern edge and rim of Gale Crater. What's remarkable is how familiar the landscape looks.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Cassie Conley (Planetary Protection Officer at NASA Headquarters)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Cassie Conley (Planetary Protection Officer at NASA Headquarters)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Mars Landing Sky Show
Mars Landing Sky Show
On the same night Curiosity lands on Mars, a "Martian Triangle" will appear in sunset skies of Earth. The first-magnitude apparition on August 5th gives space fans something to do while they wait for news from the Red Planet.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Suzanne Dodd (Project Manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Suzanne Dodd (Project Manager for the Voyager Interstellar Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Paolo Bellutta (Machine Vision Group/Mars Exploration Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Paolo Bellutta (Machine Vision Group/Mars Exploration Rover Driver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Steve Vance (Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Steve Vance (Planetary Scientist/Astrobiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Seeking Signs of Life at the Glacier's Edge
Seeking Signs of Life at the Glacier's Edge
Microbes living at the edges of Arctic ice sheets could help researchers pinpoint evidence for similar microorganisms that could have evolved on Mars, the Jovian moon Europa, or Saturn's moon Enceladus.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: William Borucki (Science Principal Investigator for the Kepler Mission at NASA Ames Research Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: William Borucki (Science Principal Investigator for the Kepler Mission at NASA Ames Research Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Robert Pappalardo (Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Robert Pappalardo (Project Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Jeff Cuzzi (Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Grinspoon (Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: David Grinspoon (Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
Curiosity, the Stunt Double
Curiosity, the Stunt Double
En route to the Red Planet, Mars rover Curiosity has experienced the strongest solar radiation storm since 2005. Researchers say this is part of Curiosity's job as a 'stunt double' for human astronauts.Read More...
Radioisotope Power Systems:  Power to Explore
Research... at a Glance
Radioisotope Power Systems: Power to Explore
For more than four decades, Radioisotope Power Systems (RPS) have played a critical role in the exploration of space, enabling missions of scientific discovery to destinations across the solar system.Read More...
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Robert Mitchell (Cassini Program Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
50 Years of Robotic Planetary Exploration: Robert Mitchell (Cassini Program Manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
We asked them and here is what the experts had to say about the last 50 years of planetary robotic exploration.Read More...
"Slam Dunk" Sign of Ancient Water on Mars
As NASA's newest Mars rover Curiosity heads for the Red Planet, veteran rover Opportunity continues to make discoveries. Opportunity's latest find, an apparent vein of the mineral gypsum, is a "slam dunk" sign of past water on Mars, say researchers.Read More...
Mars Rover Well-Equipped for Studies
Mars Rover Well-Equipped for Studies
The Mars Science Laboratory is taking a toolbox to Mars that any researcher would be proud of. A drill, metallic brush and even a laser are part of the gear set the Mars Science Laboratory called Curiosity is taking to the red planet.Read More...
Preparing for Future Human Exploration: Measuring the Radiation Environment on Mars
Preparing for Future Human Exploration: Measuring the Radiation Environment on Mars
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) led the development of the Radiation Assessment Detector, which will measure, for the first time, the radiation environment on the surface of Mars, measuring all the relevant energetic particle species.Read More...
New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile
New NASA Missions to Investigate How Mars Turned Hostile
Two new NASA missions, one that will roam the surface and another that will orbit the planet and dip briefly into its upper atmosphere, will try to discover what transformed Mars.Read More...
Launch Team Focuses on Unique Needs of Curiosity
Launch Team Focuses on Unique Needs of Curiosity
NASA is fueling the Curiosity rover with a plutonium-powered battery of sorts called a multi-mission radioisotope thermal generator, or MMRTG.Read More...
Atmospheric Modeling of Martian Methane Plumes: The Debate Continues
Atmospheric Modeling of Martian Methane Plumes: The Debate Continues
From recent observations, it has been suggested that there is evidence for the periodic (seasonal) release of methane occur from discrete surface locations on Mars, although the exact location and mechanism of release is still unknown.Read More...
The Strange Attraction of Gale Crater
The Strange Attraction of Gale Crater
It sounds a little odd -- a mountain in the middle of an impact crater.Read More...
Help NASA Find Life On Mars With MAPPER
Help NASA Find Life On Mars With MAPPER
Would you like to participate in NASA's analog research program? Now you can with MAPPER.Read More...
Jupiter's
Jupiter's "Grand Tack" Reshaped the Solar System
Jupiter, long settled in its position as the fifth planet from our sun, was a rolling stone in its youth.Read More...
Out of Thin Martian Air
Out of Thin Martian Air
Mars has lost an ocean's worth of water, but to find where it all went will take satellites and computer models working in conjunction.Read More...
NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars
NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars
Observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars.Read More...
The Heartbeat of the Mars Exploration Rovers
The Heartbeat of the Mars Exploration Rovers
Spirit gets it juice for an extended tour of Mars from special batteries.Read More...
 
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