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This low-angle self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the site from which it reached down to drill into a rock target called "Buckskin" on lower Mount Sharp. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars

NASA Finds Ancient Organic Material, Mysterious Methane on Mars NASA’s Curiosity rover has found new evidence preserved in rocks on Mars that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life, as well as new evidence in the Martian atmosphere that relates to the search for current life on the Red…

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A close-up of the MOMA instrument Credits: NASA

Scientists Shrink Chemistry Lab to Seek Evidence of Life on Mars

Scientists Shrink Chemistry Lab to Seek Evidence of Life on Mars An international team of scientists has created a tiny chemistry lab for a rover that will drill beneath the Martian surface looking for signs of past or present life. The toaster oven-sized lab, called the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer…

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Mars seen by Curiosity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Plan to bring back rocks from Mars is our best bet for finding clues of past life

Plan to bring back rocks from Mars is our best bet for finding clues of past life Mars seen by Curiosity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Monica Grady, The Open University Sitting with 200 people at the International Mars Sample Return Conference in Berlin recently to discuss the feasibility of bringing samples back from…

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Mars seen by Viking. NASA / USGS

Our rover could discover life on Mars – here’s what it would take to prove it

Our rover could discover life on Mars – here’s what it would take to prove it Mars seen by Viking. NASA / USGS Claire Cousins, University of St Andrews Finding past or present microbial life on Mars would without doubt be one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time.…

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The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. David Rothery, The Open University Today Mars has only a thin atmosphere, and its surface is very dry…

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Images of the lost Beagle 2. Author provided

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next

How we found our lost Mars lander after a decade of searching – and what’s next Images of the lost Beagle 2. Author provided John Bridges, University of Leicester The last picture taken of the Mars lander Beagle 2 showed it being successfully ejected from Mars Express on Christmas Day…

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A NASA radio on Europe's Trace Gas Orbiter, which reached Mars in October 2016, has succeeded in its first test of receiving data from NASA Mars rovers, both Opportunity and Curiosity. This graphic depicts the geometry of the relay from Opportunity to the orbiter, which then sent the data to Earth. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA

NASA Radio on Europe’s New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test

NASA Radio on Europe’s New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test Data from each of the two rovers active on Mars reached Earth last week in the successful first relay test of a NASA radio aboard Europe’s new Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). The transmissions from NASA rovers Opportunity and Curiosity, received…

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This comparison of before-and-after images shows two spots that likely appeared in connection with the Oct. 19, 2016, Mars arrival of the European Space Agency's Schiaparelli test lander. The images are from the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Camera on Mars Orbiter Shows Signs of Latest Mars Lander Schiaparelli

Camera on Mars Orbiter Shows Signs of Latest Mars Lander Schiaparelli NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to Europe’s Schiaparelli test lander, which arrived at Mars on Oct. 19. The new image shows a bright…

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The Red Planet welcomes ExoMars

The Red Planet welcomes ExoMars Mars as seen by the webcam on ESA’s Mars Express orbiter on 16 October 2016, as another mission, ExoMars, is about to reach the Red Planet. A joint endeavour between ESA and Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, ExoMars 2016 comprises the Trace Gas Orbiter and the…

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Artist's impression visualising the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter and its entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, approaching Mars. The separation is scheduled to occur on 16 October 2016, about seven months after launch. Schiaparelli is set to enter the martian atmosphere on 19 October, while TGO will enter orbit around Mars. Image Credit: ESA/ATG medialab

ExoMars arrives at the Red Planet

ExoMars arrives at the Red Planet The ExoMars 2016 mission will enter orbit around the Red Planet on 19 October. At the same time, its Schiaparelli lander will descend to the surface. Representatives of traditional and social media are invited to attend a two-day event at ESA’s ESOC control centre…

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Engine burn gives Mars mission a kick

Following a lengthy firing of its powerful engine this morning, ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is on track to arrive at the Red Planet in October. ExoMars made its first critical manoeuvre since its 14 March launch this morning, firing its engine for 52 minutes to help it intercept Mars…

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