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NASA Mars Exploration Program

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  • At last! NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finally arrives at Mt. Sharp

    At last! NASA's Mars rover Curiosity finally arrives at Mt. Sharp
    They’re here! After wandering in the Martian desert for 25 months, NASA’s Curiosity rover has finally arrived at its promised land: the base of Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in in the middle of Gale Crater. The arrival marks the beginning...
  • Mars mystery: Where did the jelly doughnut-shaped rock come from?

    Mars mystery: Where did the jelly doughnut-shaped 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...
  • 10-year-old Opportunity rover finds old 'drinking water' on Mars

    10-year-old Opportunity rover finds old 'drinking water' on Mars
    Old rovers can indeed learn new tricks. Rolling into its 10th anniversary on the Red Planet, Opportunity has discovered clay minerals showing that life-friendly water flowed on Mars in the earliest epoch of its history. The findings indicate that...
  • JPL joins in 10-year celebration of Mars rovers

    JPL joins in 10-year celebration of Mars rovers
    In January 2004, two exploration vehicles touched down on Mars, beginning a 90-day mission in search of potential sources of water, a precursor for life, on a seemingly dead planet. Armed with geological instruments, cameras and the technology required...
  • 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...
  • NASA Curiosity rover will wield its drill on Mars for the third time

    NASA Curiosity rover will wield its drill on Mars for the third time
    Is third time the charm? NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is considering boring into the third rock ever drilled on the Red Planet, a sandstone that could potentially reveal a wealth of information about past life-friendly environments. The rover...
  • NASA Curiosity rover drill could reveal information on past life-friendly environments

    NASA Curiosity rover drill could reveal information on past life-friendly environments
    Is third time the charm? NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity is considering boring into the third rock ever drilled on the Red Planet, a sandstone that could potentially reveal a wealth of information about past life-friendly environments, according to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter switches brains after computer glitch

    Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter switches brains after computer glitch
    NASA’s elderly Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter flipped into “safe mode” on Sunday after an unexpected computing glitch caused the spacecraft to switch from its main computer to its backup. The 8-year-old satellite, which left Earth in...