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Solar System, Mars
Nov 18, 2022
NASA and the European Space Agency are developing plans for one of the most ambitious campaigns ever attempted in space: bringing the first samples of Mars material safely back to Earth for detailed study. The diverse set of scientifically curated samples now being collected by NASA’s Mars... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
Oct 31, 2022
The forecast for the Cloudspotting on Mars project is cloudy. And that’s a good thing! The Cloudspotting on Mars citizen science project has received additional funding from NASA’s Mars Data Analysis Program to search for clouds in more Mars data. 
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Solar System, Mars
Feb 22, 2022
Is there water on Mars? There sure is! It’s not exactly like water on Earth, but Martian H20 can tell us a lot about the planet’s distant past while potentially aiding explorers in the future. Some of the water is even trapped inside rocks! Hear from Mars scientist Eva Scheller who helped make that... Read More
Is there water on Mars?
Solar System, Mars
Jan 14, 2022
Are there rainbows on Mars? Sadly, no. But there are a whole lot of other conditions on Mars that we have right here on Earth! NASA scientist Mark Lemmon explains why the Red Planet is a rainbowless world. Get more Martian science: Producers: Jessica Wilde & Scott Bednar... Read More
are there rainbows on mars?
Solar System, Mars
Oct 28, 2021
How did the Perseverance Mars rover pick its exact landing spot? Believe it or not, the rover made the decision on precisely where to land just moments before it touched down. How?!
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Solar System, Mars
Oct 14, 2021
Did Mars ever look like Earth? We think it did! Ancient Mars may have been wetter and warmer — similar to our home planet. So what happened? Scientists like Dr. Becky McCauley Rench are trying to find out. Keep up with our Martian exploration efforts:
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Solar System, Mars
Oct 1, 2021
Is there oxygen on Mars? Technically yes, but it’s nothing like the amount we have on Earth. So breathing is out of the question. However, there IS a lot of carbon dioxide (CO2) on Mars. Now a new technology — MOXIE — has proven that we can convert Martian CO2 into oxygen for use by future... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
Sep 2, 2021
Is there weather on Mars? Short answer: yes! And just like on Earth it varies wildly. Now, thanks to the Mars Environmental Dynamics Analyzer, or MEDA instrument on NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover, we're learning even more about Martian meteorology with daily weather reports. Over to José Antonio... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
May 4, 2021
On April 19, the Ingenuity Mars helicopter became the first spacecraft to achieve powered, controlled flight on another world. This historic flight on Mars has implications for how we will explore other worlds. Join experts from the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter team and upcoming Dragonfly mission to... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
Apr 20, 2021
In this video captured by NASA’s Perseverance rover, the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took the first powered, controlled flight on another planet on April 19, 2021. The rover was parked at “Van Zyl Overlook,” about 211 feet (64.3 meters) away in Mars' Jezero Crater and chronicled the flight... Read More
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Solar System, Mars
Feb 23, 2021
The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles (472 million kilometers). Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern... Read More
Artist rendition of Mars Rover Perseverance on the surface of Mars
Solar System, Mars, Planets of Our Solar System
Feb 15, 2021
To land accurately and avoid hazardous terrain, NASA has developed an autonomous, vision-based system for landmark recognition, spacecraft position estimation, and spacecraft retargeting, which will be used on Mars 2020 and potentially other future missions.
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Solar System, Mars
Aug 13, 2020
Millions of miles from Earth lies a dusty, cold, desert world with a very thin atmosphere. You know this planet as Mars…but it hasn’t always been this way. There’s evidence that the Red Planet was much wetter and warmer, with a thicker atmosphere, billions of years ago. Could it also have supported... Read More
Solar System, Mars
Jul 30, 2020
The Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter have launched successfully and are on their way to Mars! They will land in February of 2021.
Launch of Mars Perseverance