Mars Odyssey News & Features

NASA Orbiter Snaps Stunning Views of Mars Horizon

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The Odyssey orbiter captured clouds and dust in the Red Planet’s skies, along with one of its two tiny moons. Astronauts often react with awe when they see the curvature of the Earth below the International Space Station. Now Mars…

Article6 months ago

Engineers Keep an Eye on Fuel Supply of NASA’s Oldest Mars Orbiter

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Measuring the fuel supply on Odyssey, a decades-old spacecraft without a fuel gauge, is no easy task.

Article1 year ago

Science at Sunrise: Solving the Mystery of Frost Hiding on Mars

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A new study using data from NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter may explain why Martian frost can be invisible to the naked eye and why dust avalanches appear on some slopes. Scientists were baffled last year when studying images of the…

Article2 years ago

Update: NASA Extends Exploration for 8 Planetary Science Missions

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Editor’s Note: On May 26, 2022 NASA’s New Horizons mission’s second extended mission proposal was approved for implementation. In the two-year extended mission, New Horizons will conduct multi-disciplinary observations contributing to important science for NASA’s Planetary Science, Heliophysics and Astrophysics…

Article2 years ago

NASA’s Mars Fleet Lies Low With Sun Between Earth and Red Planet

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The missions will continue collecting data about the Red Planet, though engineers back on Earth will stop sending commands to them until mid-October. NASA will stand down from commanding its Mars missions for the next few weeks while Earth and…

Article3 years ago

NASA’s Fermi Spots a Supernova’s ‘Fizzled’ Gamma-Ray Burst

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On Aug. 26, 2020, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope detected a pulse of high-energy radiation that had been racing toward Earth for nearly half the present age of the universe. Lasting only about a second, it turned out to be…

Article3 years ago

NASA’s Odyssey Orbiter Marks 20 Historic Years of Mapping Mars

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For two decades, the longest-lived spacecraft at the Red Planet has helped locate water ice, assess landing sites, and study the planet’s mysterious moons. NASA’s 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft launched 20 years ago on April 7, making it the oldest…

Article3 years ago

NASA Missions Unmask Magnetar Eruptions in Nearby Galaxies

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On April 15, 2020, a brief burst of high-energy light swept through the solar system, triggering instruments on several NASA and European spacecraft. Now, multiple international science teams conclude that the blast came from a supermagnetized stellar remnant known as…

Article3 years ago

Three New Views of Mars’ Moon Phobos

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Three new views of the Martian moon Phobos have been captured by NASA’s Odyssey orbiter. Taken this past winter and this spring, they capture the moon as it drifts into and out of Mars’ shadow. The orbiter’s infrared camera, the…

Article4 years ago

NASA’s Treasure Map for Water Ice on Mars

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NASA has big plans for returning astronauts to the Moon in 2024, a stepping stone on the path to sending humans to Mars. But where should the first people on the Red Planet land? A new paper published in Geophysical…

Article4 years ago