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Avalanche Season on Mars

September 12, 2019

Every spring the sun shines on the side of the stack of layers at the North Pole of…
New layers of water ice have been found beneath Mars North Pole

May 28, 2019

One of the most profound similarities between Earth and Mars, one which makes it a popular target for…
NASA’s MRO Completes 60,000 Trips Around Mars

May 16, 2019

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter hit a dizzying milestone this morning: It completed 60,000 loops around the Red Planet…
The Slow Charm of Brain Terrain

March 8, 2019

You are staring at one of the unsolved mysteries on Mars. This surface texture of interconnected ridges and…
A Dune Field Near Nili Patera

February 12, 2019

In this image many sand dunes are visible. They have an elongated crescent form and are called “barchan…
Mars InSight Lander Seen in First Images from Space

December 14, 2018

On Nov. 26, NASA’s InSight mission knew the spacecraft touched down within an 81-mile-long (130-kilometer-long) landing ellipse on…
Curiosity Rover to Temporarily Switch ‘Brains’

October 4, 2018

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, this week commanded the agency’s Curiosity rover to switch…
Opportunity Spotted as the Dust Storm Clears. Still No Word From Her Though

September 27, 2018

A new image produced by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has…
Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture

September 26, 2018

NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again. A new…
Six Things About Opportunity’s Recovery Efforts

August 17, 2018

NASA’s Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power…
‘Storm Chasers’ on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets

July 20, 2018

Storm chasing takes luck and patience on Earth — and even more so on Mars. For scientists watching…
The Martian Dust Storm Has Covered the Entire Planet

June 26, 2018

Martian dust storms, which occur during the summer season in the planet’s southern hemisphere, can get pretty intense.…
Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

June 10, 2018

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Science operations for NASA’s Opportunity rover have been temporarily suspended as it…
Formations in Context (or, what is it?)

April 6, 2018

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a close-up of a trough, along with channels draining into…
Mars Orbiter on Precautionary Standby Status

February 17, 2018

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), at Mars since 2006, put itself into a precautionary standby mode on Feb.…
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Preparing for Years Ahead

February 10, 2018

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has begun extra stargazing to help the space agency accomplish advances in Mars…
Crater Tadpoles

February 8, 2018

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows an impact crater looking amusingly like a tadpole because…
Dust Storms Linked to Gas Escape from Mars Atmosphere

January 24, 2018

Some Mars experts are eager and optimistic for a dust storm this year to grow so grand it…
Dust storms linked to gas escape from Martian atmosphere

January 22, 2018

Some Mars experts are eager and optimistic for a dust storm this year to grow so grand it…
Huge Sheets of Ice Found Hidden Just Beneath the Surface of Mars

January 15, 2018

Its an established fact that Mars was once a warmer and wetter place, with liquid water covering much…
Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice

January 12, 2018

Researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars’…
Honeycomb-Textured Landforms in Northwestern Hellas Planitia

November 30, 2017

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) targets a portion of a group of honeycomb-textured landforms in…
Recurring Martian Streaks: Flowing Sand, Not Water?

November 21, 2017

Dark features on Mars previously considered evidence for subsurface flowing of water are interpreted by new research as…
Squiggles in Hellas Planitia

October 26, 2017

At around 2,200 kilometers in diameter, Hellas Planitia is the largest visible impact basin in the Solar System,…
Mars: A Window into the Past

October 25, 2017

The layered sedimentary deposits inside the giant canyons of Mars have puzzled scientists for decades. These light toned…
Where Does the Sand Come From?

October 11, 2017

This image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter (MRO) shows one possible place where sand grains are being produced…
Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

October 7, 2017

The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that…
Mars: Prospecting from Orbit

September 7, 2017

The combination of morphological and topographic information from stereo images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, as well as…
A World of Snowy Dunes on Mars

August 25, 2017

It was spring in the Northern hemisphere when this image was taken on May 21, 2017, at 13:21…
For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

July 16, 2017

This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth’s perspective, causing…
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