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Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

NASA’s InSight lander will travel to Mars next year. When it does, it will be carrying two microchips bearing the names of members of the public. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech   Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars When it …

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Search for life on Mars could target meteorites

A stony meteorite from South Australia’s Nullarbor Plain, discovered this year during an annual Monash University meteorite recovery expedition. Search for life on Mars could target meteorites Australian researchers have revealed a surprising new target in the search for life …

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Laser-targeting A.I. Yields More Mars Science

This is how AEGIS sees the Martian surface. All targets found by the A.I. program are outlined: blue targets are rejected, while red are retained. The top-ranked target is shaded green; if there’s a second-ranked target, it’s shaded orange. These …

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How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere and Became a Frigid Desert

This artist’s concept depicts the early Martian environment (right) — believed to contain liquid water and a thicker atmosphere — versus the cold, dry environment seen at Mars today (left). NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution is in orbit of …

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Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

The Context Camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking images of Mars since 2006. This animation shows, at one frame per month, how these observations have accumulated to cover more than 99 percent of Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS …

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Similar-Looking Ridges on Mars Have Diverse Origins

This view from the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows part of an area on Mars where narrow rock ridges, some as tall as a 16-story building, intersect at angles forming corners of polygons. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of …

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Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

Click for a full size image The dark, golf-ball-size object in this composite, colorized view from the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows a grid of shiny dots where ChemCam had fired laser pulses used …

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Prepping a robot for its journey to Mars

“One thing you realize working in this lab is that we are really far away from the robot apocalypse,” says MIT senior Sarah Hensley, who is working with a team of researchers to prepare Valkyrie, a humanoid robot, for future …

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Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars

Two 2001 images from the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor orbiter show a dramatic change in the planet’s appearance when haze raised by dust-storm activity in the south became globally distributed. The images were taken about a …

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A Mixed-reality Trip to Mars

A Mixed-reality Trip to Mars Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, right, and Erisa Hines of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.A ceremonial ribbon is cut for the opening of new ‘Destination: Mars’ experience at the KSC visitor complex in …

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NASA Approves 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission

NASA has set a new launch opportunity, beginning May 5, 2018, for the InSight mission to Mars. InSight is the first mission dedicated to investigating the deep interior of Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Click for a full size image NASA …

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NASA’s Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch

This 2016 image comes from computer-assisted-design work on NASA’s 2020 Mars rover. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Click for a full size image NASA’s Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, …

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