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This image of the flight model of NASA's Mars Helicopter was taken on Feb. 14, 2019, in a cleanroom at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The aluminum base plate, side posts, and crossbeam around the helicopter protect the helicopter's landing legs and the attachment points that will hold it to the belly of the Mars 2020 rover. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Mars helicopter is getting close to final approval for launch

Science fiction is getting closer to reality folks! NASA is planning to send its Mars Helicopter, a part of Mars 2020 mission, to the...
Konstantinos P. Giapis with his reactor that converts carbon dioxide to molecular oxygen. Credit: California Institute of Technology

Comet inspires chemistry for making breathable oxygen on Mars

Although plentiful in modern Earth’s atmosphere, molecular oxygen is extremely rare in space. Only trace amounts have been found elsewhere in our solar system...
Members of the public who want to send their name to Mars on NASA's next rover mission to the Red Planet (Mars 2020) can get a souvenir boarding pass and their names etched on microchips to be affixed to the rover. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Send your name to fly aboard next mars rover

NASA is giving the public an opportunity to send their names — stenciled on chips — to the Red Planet with NASA's Mars 2020...
These three views of the Martian moon Phobos were taken by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter using its infrared camera, THEMIS. Each color represents a different temperature range. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/SSI

Martian full moon looks like candy

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, for the first time, has captured the Martian moon Phobos during a full moon phase. The image is a kind...
NASA's InSight lander used its Instrument Deployment Camera (IDC) on the spacecraft's robotic arm to image this sunrise on Mars on April 24, 2019, the 145th Martian day (or sol) of the mission. This was taken around 5:30 a.m. Mars local time.

InSight captured Martian sunrise and sunset

NASA's stationary InSight lander is spending two years on Mars learning everything it can about the deep interior of the Red Planet. Recently, it...
This image of InSight's seismometer was taken on the 110th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The seismometer is called Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure, or SEIS. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s InSight Detects First Likely Marsquake

NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely "marsquake." The faint seismic signal, detected by the lander's Seismic...
The Mast Camera, or Mastcam, on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover captured this set of images before and after it drilled a rock nicknamed "Aberlady," on Saturday, April 6 (the 2,370th Martian day, or sol, of the mission). The rock and others nearby appear to have moved when the drill was retracted. This was the first time Curiosity has drilled in the long-awaited "clay-bearing unit."Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Curiosity tastes first sample in Clay-Bearing Unit

Scientists working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been excited to explore a region called "the clay-bearing unit" since before the spacecraft launched. Now,...
This series of images shows the Martian moon Phobos as it crossed in front of the Sun, as seen by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 (the 2,359th sol, or Martian day, of the mission). The images were captured by Curiosity's telephoto-lens camera, called its Mast Camera (Mastcam) using its right-eye solar filter. The images have been sped up by a factor of 10; the entire eclipse lasted about 35 seconds. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates Mastcam. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Science Laboratory mission and the mission's Curiosity rover for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

NASA’s Curiosity captured two solar eclipses on Mars

When NASA's Curiosity Mars rover landed in 2012, it brought along eclipse glasses. The solar filters on its Mast Camera (Mastcam) allow it to...
A photo of a preserved river channel on Mars with color overlaid to show different elevations (blue is low, yellow is high). Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Univ. Arizona/UChicago

Water carved deep riverbeds on Mars into its history

According to a new study by University of Chicago scientists, water-carved deep riverbeds into the Mar's surface, but what kind of weather is responsible...

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