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  • Destination: Gusev Crater

    2003April 6, 2011

    On January 3, 2004, NASA's Mars rover Spirit is scheduled to land in a strange crater that might be an ancient martian lake bed.

  • Membranes on Mars

    2003April 6, 2011

    Thin membranes developed by NASA-funded researchers could help people go to Mars--and clean the air here on Earth.

  • Instant Glider--Just Add Light.

    2003April 6, 2011

    This weekend university students will test an innovative concept for Mars Explorationwhen they loft a glider with inflatable wings to the edge of space 100,000 ft above Earth.

  • The Planet that Won't Go Away

    2003April 6, 2011

    Mars' closest approach to Earth was on August 27th--but The Red Planetis even easier to see now.

  • Pictures of Earth from Mars

    2003April 6, 2011

    NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft turned away from Mars for a while on May 8th and took a unique picture of Earth from Mars-orbit.

  • Mars Dust

    2003April 6, 2011

    On July 1st a bright dust cloud spilled out of Hellas Basin, a giant impact crater on Mars' southern hemisphere, and quickly grew large enough to see from Earth. Amateur astronomers have been tracking the cloud ever since.

  • Snow Gullies on Mars

    2003April 6, 2011

    NASA spacecraft may have finally found the mysterious source of gullies on Mars: melting snow.

  • Mars is Melting

    2003April 6, 2011

    It's not every day you get to watch a planetary ice cap melt, but this month you can. All you need are clear skies, a backyard telescope, and a sky map leading to Mars.

  • Close Encounters with Mars

    2003Sept. 20, 2011

    This week Earth makes its nearest approach to Mars in almost 60,000 years. Everyone on our planet will be close to Mars--but somewhere, someone will be the closest of all. Where?

  • Approaching Mars

    2003April 6, 2011

    Amateur astronomers report that The Red Planetis now so close, you can see its south polar cap through a backyard telescope.