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What's Up July 2018

What's Up in the Solar System - July 2018

July's night skies feature Mars opposition on the 27th, when Mars, Earth, and the Sun all line up, and Mars' closest approach to Earth since 2003 o
New InSight into the Red Planet Poster

New InSight into the Red Planet

Solar System, Mars Jun 21, 2018
We’ve always referred to Mars as the red planet because of its surface color. But what’s below that dusty crust? NASA's InSight mission is determined to find out.
Atlas V lifts off for InSight mission.

NASA, ULA Launch Mission to Study How Mars Was Made

Solar System, Mars May 7, 2018
NASA’s Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission is on a 300-million-mile trip to Mars t
An artist’s impression of the InSight lander on Mars

NASA’s First Mission to Study the Interior of Mars Awaits May 5 Launch

Solar System, Mars May 4, 2018
The early-morning liftoff on Saturday of the Mars InSight lander will mark the first time in history an interplanetary launch will originate from t
Artist’s rendition showing the inner structure of Mars

‘Marsquakes’ Could Shake Up Planetary Science

Solar System, Mars Mar 29, 2018
Starting next year, scientists will get their first look deep below the surface of Mars.
Hubble image of Mars

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope to Reveal Secrets of the Red Planet

Solar System, Mars Feb 20, 2018
The planet Mars has fascinated scientists for over a century. Today, it is a frigid desert world with a carbon dioxide atmosphere 100 times thinner than Earth’s. But evidence suggests that in the...

Gravity Assist Podcast, Science & Science Fiction with Andy Weir

Solar System, Mars Feb 15, 2018
NASA’s Jim Green and bestselling author Andy Weir explore the fascinating intersection of science and science fiction.

Gravity Assist Podcast, Mars with Bruce Jakosky and Michael Meyer

Solar System, Mars Dec 29, 2017
With Jim Green today is the “man about Mars,” Bruce Jakosky from the University of Colorado.
Layered sedimentary deposits inside the giant canyons of Mars

A Window into the Past

Solar System, Mars Oct 24, 2017
The layered sedimentary deposits inside the giant canyons of Mars have puzzled scientists for decades.
Colors in this image of the Martian moon Phobos indicate a range of surface temperatures detected by observing the moon on Sept. 29, 2017, with the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.

Martian Moon Phobos in Thermal Infrared Image

Solar System, Mars Oct 5, 2017
NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infra