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Deserts: Abundant Discoveries Despite Desolation
Color image of black swirls on the dunes of Mars.
Dark swirls made by Martian winds make intricate patterns on sand dunes in this Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter image.

Destinations - March 2006: Deserts exist in all parts of the solar system. Some examples can be found on Mercury, Venus, Earth, our Moon, Mars, and the asteroid belt. Desert moons even exist around the gas giants and beyond.

Missions: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is searching for the history of water on Mars from orbit.

Features: surprising surface features have been found on Saturn's moon, Titan. We're also learning more intriguing discoveries about the innermost planet, Mercury.

People: Ashley Stroupe is the first woman to drive a robotic rover on Mars.

Last Updated: 14 February 2011

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Last Updated: 14 Feb 2011