Image from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a fierce dust storm is kicking up on Mars, with rovers on the surface indicated as icons. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science

NASA Encounters the Perfect Storm for Science One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and…

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This global map of Mars shows a growing dust storm as of June 6, 2018. The map was produced by the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. The blue dot indicates the approximate location of Opportunity. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm

Opportunity Hunkers Down During Dust Storm NASA Mars Exploration Rover Status Report Updated at 4:30 p.m. PDT on June 10, 2018 NASA engineers received a…

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The hunt for life on Mars: new findings on rock ‘chimneys’ could hold key to success

The hunt for life on Mars: new findings on rock ‘chimneys’ could hold key to success Alexander Brasier, University of Aberdeen; David Wacey, University of…

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An artist's concept of one of NASA's MarCO CubeSats. The twin MarCOs are the first CubeSats to complete a trajectory correction maneuver, firing their thrusters to guide themselves toward Mars. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA CubeSats Steer Toward Mars

NASA CubeSats Steer Toward Mars NASA has achieved a first for the class of tiny spacecraft known as CubeSats, which are opening new access to…

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NASA's Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency's Mars 2020 rover, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover Mission

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover Mission NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars. The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft,…

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An artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft on their cruise to Mars. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s First Deep-Space CubeSats Say: ‘Polo!’

NASA’s First Deep-Space CubeSats Say: ‘Polo!’ NASA has received radio signals indicating that the first-ever CubeSats headed to deep space are alive and well. The…

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NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is the first interplanetary launch from the West Coast of the U.S. After its six-month journey, InSight will descend to Mars to study the heart of the Red Planet. Credits: NASA

NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Study How Mars Was Made

NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Study How Mars Was Made NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on…

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Artist’s rendition showing the inner structure of Mars. The topmost layer is known as the crust, underneath it is the mantle, which rests on an inner core. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

‘Marsquakes’ Could Shake Up Planetary Science

‘Marsquakes’ Could Shake Up Planetary Science   Are there earthquakes on Mars? Or rather, “marsquakes?” And what could they teach us about the Red Planet?…

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An artist’s rendition of the InSight lander operating on the surface of Mars. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different

Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different NASA’s Mars InSight lander team is preparing to ship the spacecraft from Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, where it…

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Hubble Space Telescope photo of Mars taken when the planet was 50 million miles from Earth on May 12, 2016. Credits: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (ASU), and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute)

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to Reveal Secrets of the Red Planet

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to Reveal Secrets of the Red Planet The planet Mars has fascinated scientists for over a century. Today, it is…

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Rohit Bhartia of NASA's Mars 2020 mission holds a slice of a meteorite scientists have determined came from Mars. One of two slices will be used for testing a laser instrument for NASA's Mars 2020 rover while it's still on Earth; the other slice will go to Mars onboard the rover. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

A Piece of Mars is Going Home

A Piece of Mars is Going Home A chunk of Mars will soon be returning home. A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir…

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This exposure of finely laminated bedrock on Mars includes tiny crystal-shaped bumps, plus mineral veins with both bright and dark material. This rock target, called "Jura," was imaged by the MAHLI camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Jan. 4, 2018, during Sol 1925 of the mission. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Tiny Crystal Shapes Get Close Look From Mars Rover

Tiny Crystal Shapes Get Close Look From Mars Rover Star-shaped and swallowtail-shaped tiny, dark bumps in fine-layered bright bedrock of a Martian ridge are drawing…

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