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  • Global Warming on Mars

    2001April 6, 2011

    Artificial greenhouse gases that are bad news on Earth could provide the means to make Mars a more comfortable place for humans to live.

  • The Perfect Dust Storm Strikes Mars

    2001April 6, 2011

    Three months after it began, an awesome global dust storm on Mars is waning. Two NASA spacecraft have captured dazzling images of the planetary tempest.

  • Happy Anniversary, Viking Lander

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    On July 20, 1976, NASA's Viking 1 lander descended safely to the surface of Mars, revealing an alien world that continues to puzzle scientists and tempt explorers.

  • Planet Gobbling Dust Storms

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    An enormous dust storm has erupted on Mars, shrouding the planet in haze and raising the temperature of its atmosphere by a whopping 30 degrees.

  • Mars, Ho!

    2001April 6, 2011

    NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey probe is poised to enter orbit around the Red Planet. The spacecraft is on a mission to seek out evidence of Martian water and to explore the planet's radiation environment.

  • The Solar Wind at Mars

    2001April 6, 2011

    Scientists think Mars once had a thicker atmosphere than it does today, perhaps even comparable to Earth's. But where did all that Martian air go? New evidence from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft supports a long-held suspicion that much of the Red Planet's atmosphere was simply blown away -- by the solar wind.

  • Space Weatheron Mars

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    Future human explorers of Mars can leave their umbrellas back on Earth, but perhaps they shouldn't forget their Geiger counters! A NASA experiment en route to The Red Planetaims to find out.

  • Layers of Mars

    2001April 6, 2011

    If layered regions on Mars are sedimentary deposits that formed underwater, as some scientists suspect, they could be the best places to hunt for elusive Martian fossils.

  • The USA Returns to Mars

    2001April 6, 2011

    NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft reached Mars last night and was captured into orbit after a successful main engine burn.

  • Having a Ball on Mars

    2001April 6, 2011

    An amusing accident in the Mojave desert has inspired a new kind of Mars rover -- a two-story high beach ball that can descend to the Martian surface and explore vast expanses of the Red Planet.