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  • The Sands of Mars

    2005April 6, 2011

    Driving, digging, mining: these are things Astronautswill be doing one day in the sands of Mars. It's not as simple as it sounds.

  • The Devils of Mars

    2005Sept. 20, 2011

    When humans visit Mars, they'll have to watch out for towering electrified dust devils.

  • Approaching Mars

    2005April 6, 2011

    Earth and Mars will have a breathtaking close encounter in October 2005.

  • Crackling Planets

    2005April 6, 2011

    Astronautson The Moonand Mars are going to have to cope with an uncommon amount of static electricity.

  • Managing Murphy's Law on Mars

    2005Sept. 20, 2011

    A NASA report lays out the risks of exploring Mars and considers how to mitigate them.

  • Spirit is Now a Stationary Science Platform

    2010April 6, 2011

    NASA announced today that Mars rover Spirit cannot be freed from its Martian sandtrap. Now the rover will begin a second career as a stationary science platform.

  • Can Spirit be Freed?

    2009April 6, 2011

    On Monday, NASA will begin transmitting commands to its Mars Explorationrover Spirit as part of an escape plan to free the venerable robot from its Martian sand trap.

  • Spirit Faces Uncertain Future as New Year Dawns

    2009April 6, 2011

    NASA's Mars rover Spirit is about to mark six years of Red Planet exploration. However, the upcoming Martian winter could end the roving career of the beloved, scrappy robot.

  • The Red Planetis Not a Dead Planet

    2009April 6, 2011

    A team of NASA and university scientists has discovered substantial plumes of methane floating through the atmosphere of Mars. The find indicates Mars is either biologically or geologically active.

  • Mars Rover Update

    2009April 6, 2011

    Back in 2004, most experts would have said this story is impossible. No rover could possibly survive long enough on Mars for a five-year update. Yet here it is. Mission scientists reveal what Spirit and Opportunity are up to on The Red Planettoday--and what their prospects are for the future.