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In the fall of 2019, the Mars 2020 rover team welcomed ten members to serve as Returned Sample Science Participating Scientists.
NASA Adds Return Sample Scientists to Mars 2020 Leadership Team
Surrounded by California desert, NASA officials broke ground Tuesday, Feb. 11, on a new antenna for communicating with the agency's farthest-flung robotic spacecraft.
NASA Prepares for Moon and Mars With New Addition to Its Deep Space Network
The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
NASA Administrator Statement on Moon to Mars Initiative, FY 2021 Budget
NASA is sending a new laser-toting robot to Mars. But unlike the lasers of science fiction, this one is used for studying mineralogy and chemistry.
All About the Laser (and Microphone) Atop Mars 2020, NASA's Next Rover
NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft has discovered “layers” and “rifts” in part of the upper atmosphere of Mars. The phenomenon is very common at Earth and causes disruptions to radio communications.
NASA's MAVEN Explores Mars to Understand Radio Interference at Earth
Members of the public have an opportunity to vote for their favorite name for NASA's next Mars rover. More than 28,000 essays were submitted after the contest began on Aug. 28 last year.
Nine Finalists Chosen in NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Naming Contest
NASA is exploring technologies that could grow structures out of fungi to become our future homes in the stars, and perhaps lead to more sustainable ways of living on Earth as well.
Could Future Homes on the Moon and Mars Be Made of Fungi?
155 students from across the U.S. have been chosen as semifinalists in NASA's essay contest to name the Mars 2020 rover, and see it launch from Cape Canaveral this July.
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Closer to Getting Its Name
What's Up for January? Morning meteors, Mars meets its "rival," and the Moon comes around for another visit with Venus.
What's Up for January 2020
In a 10-plus-hour marathon, the rover steered, turned and drove in 3-foot (1-meter) increments over small ramps.
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive
A type of Martian aurora first identified by NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is actually the most common form of aurora occurring on the Red Planet.
Newfound Martian Aurora Actually the Most Common; Sheds Light on Mars' Changing Climate
Researchers have created the first map of wind circulation in the upper atmosphere of a planet besides Earth, using data from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft.
NASA's MAVEN Maps Winds in the Martian Upper Atmosphere that Mirror the Terrain Below and Gives Clues to Martian Climate
They look like twins. But under the hood, the rover currently exploring the Red Planet and the one launching there this summer have distinct science tools and roles to play.
Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020
NASA has big plans for returning astronauts to the Moon, a stepping stone on the path to sending humans to Mars. But where should the first people on the Red Planet land?
NASA's Treasure Map for Water Ice on Mars
Scientists shed new light on a phenomenon observed within Mars' dust storms: dust towers, or concentrated clouds of dust that warm in sunlight and rise high into the air.
Global Storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers Into the Sky
Valles Marineris is often called the "Grand Canyon of Mars," but does it compare to Earth's own Grand Canyon?
10 Things: Grand Canyons
Scientists have found that oxygen in the air above Gale Crater on Mars behaves in a way that, so far, cannot be explained through any known chemical processes.
With Mars Methane Mystery Unsolved, Curiosity Serves Scientists a New One: Oxygen
A new paper identifies a ring of minerals at the rover's landing site that are ideal for fossilizing microbial life.
NASA's Mars 2020 Will Hunt for Microscopic Fossils
A new selfie taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is breathtaking, but it's especially meaningful for the mission's team.
New Selfie Shows Curiosity, the Mars Chemist
The NASA lander's robotic arm seems to have helped its heat probe burrow almost 2 centimeters (3/4 of an inch) since last week.
Mars InSight's 'Mole' Is Moving Again
The HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently sent home eye-catching views of the agency's InSight lander and its Curiosity rover.
HiRISE Views NASA's InSight and Curiosity on Mars
New evidence suggests salty, shallow ponds once dotted a Martian crater — a sign of the planet's drying climate.
NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds an Ancient Oasis on Mars
A crane lifts the rocket-powered descent stage away from NASA's Mars 2020 rover after technicians tested the pyrotechnic charges that separate the two spacecraft.
NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Tests Descent-Stage Separation
The scoop on the end of the spacecraft's robotic arm will be used to 'pin' the mole against the wall of its hole.
NASA's Push to Save the Mars InSight Lander's Heat Probe
Listen to the marsquakes and other, less-expected sounds that the Mars lander has been detecting.
NASA's InSight 'Hears' Peculiar Sounds on Mars