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NASA Mars Exploration Program

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  • Could NASA's 2015 budget leave Mars rover Opportunity high and dry?

    Could NASA's 2015 budget leave Mars rover Opportunity high and dry?
    NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity recently passed its 10th anniversary exploring the Red Planet and embarked on what scientists called a brand new mission, but the trusty little rover’s funding has been thrust onto uncertain terrain. In the $17....
  • Ethics report could help NASA weigh risks of long-term space travel

    Ethics report could help NASA weigh risks of long-term space travel
    As NASA plans to send astronauts to an asteroid or even to Mars in the coming decades -- missions that could last well beyond 30 days -- they’re grappling with an ethical dilemma. How do they handle decisions on long-distance space exploration...
  • NASA wants to land something big on Mars: Will a flying saucer help?

    NASA wants to land something big on Mars: Will a flying saucer help?
    NASA has a landing-on-Mars problem, and that strange flying-saucer-shaped test vehicle in the picture above may help them solve it. Since 1976, when NASA's Viking probe first landed on the Red Planet, the agency has relied on the same parachute design...
  • Puffy clouds, blue water: NASA video depicts Mars 4 billion years ago

    Puffy clouds, blue water: NASA video depicts Mars 4 billion years ago
    Don’t be fooled – this epic video of plump clouds, clear lakes and gorgeous landscapes isn’t from some remote vacation spot on Earth. This could be what Mars looked like about 4 billion years ago, NASA scientists say. The video...
  • Mars rover drives backward to test its skills, wheels

    Mars rover drives backward to test its skills, wheels
    Unimpressed by Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk? How about a "Marswalk"? NASA’s Curiosity rover showed off its fancy footwork on the Red Planet this week by driving backward. The Mars Science Laboratory robot just finished its longest drive...
  • NASA rocket lights night sky over Maryland

    NASA rocket lights night sky over Maryland
    A rocket streaked through the sky Tuesday night in Maryland and for hundreds of miles across the eastern U.S. as NASA launched a mission from the Delmarva peninsula. An Air Force Minotaur I rocket lifted off at 8:15 p.m. from NASA's Wallops Flight...
  • Is NASA overlooking life on Mars? Court filing demands closer look

    Is NASA overlooking life on Mars? Court filing demands closer look
    The saga of the jelly doughnut-shaped rock on Mars has taken a strange turn -- to a federal court. On Monday, Rhawn Joseph, who describes himself as a neuroscientist and astrobiologist, filed court papers demanding that NASA do more to investigate the...
  • IndieCade: A look at some of the year's most exciting games

    IndieCade: A look at some of the year's most exciting games
    Stroll end to end at IndieCade, a now-annual game festival and conference in Culver City, and there’s as much for the spectator as there is for the player.   Look right, and four people are walking around with robots on their heads, walk left and...
  • Mars rover Curiosity set to ride biggest sand dune yet

    Mars rover Curiosity set to ride biggest sand dune yet
    NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is poised to tip its wheels over the crest of a dune called Dingo Gap, down a path that could lead to a promising new target for the robotic explorer to drill. But the rover has remained perched on the edge as its team...
  • A Martian mystery: Where did that jelly doughnut rock come from?

    A Martian mystery: Where did that jelly doughnut rock come from?
    After 10 years of wheeling around Mars, NASA's Opportunity rover has discovered a rock shaped like a jelly doughnut that seems to have appeared out of thin Martian air. "One of the things I like to say is Mars keeps throwing things at us," Steven...
  • Asteroid strikes Mars, makes this incredible starburst design

    Asteroid strikes Mars, makes this incredible starburst design
    NASA's HiRISE mission has spotted a crater on Mars that is dazzling and so new that just four years ago it didn't exist. The crater is 100 feet wide and shaped liked a starburst. It was caused by a small-ish space rock that slammed into the planet and...