Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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See Moon and Mars Shine Together Tonight: Where to Look
Sky Map for Sept. 29, 2014
September 29th, 2014
After sunset this evening, look 15 degrees up from the southwest horizon. There you’ll see a crescent moon, 30 percent illuminated. Hovering almost directly below it will be Mars, which looks like a moderately bright yellow-orange star.
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NASA Challenges Public to Design Piece of Mars Spacecraft
NASA wants makers of the world to dream up part of a Mars probe under its Mars Balance Mass Challenge. Ideas are due by Nov. 21.
September 23rd, 2014
NASA announced a new contest called the Mars Balance Mass Challenge, inviting the public to submit design ideas for dual-purpose spacecraft weight balances for a future Mars mission.
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Sunday Skywatching: See Mars Meet Its Rival Antares
Mars and its "rival," the red star Antares, will dance together in the night sky on Sept. 28, 2014.
September 27th, 2014
For a couple of hours after nightfall Sunday (Sept. 28), Mars will be a fairly conspicuous light. The Red Planet will have a companion this evening; sitting below and to its left will shine the reddish 1st-magnitude star Antares.
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NASA's New Mars Probe Snaps 1st Red Planet Images
First Images of Mars by NASA's MAVEN Probe
September 25th, 2014
MAVEN sent home its first images of Mars' upper atmosphere early Monday morning (Sept. 22), just eight hours after entering orbit around the Red Planet.
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India's First Mission to Mars Set to Arrive at Red Planet
This image depicts the journey of India's Mars Orbiter Mission, the country's first interplanetary mission. The Indian Mars orbiter will arrive at the Red Planet on Wednesday, Sept. 24, India Standard Time (late Tuesday, Sept. 23, U.S. Eastern Time).
September 22nd, 2014
The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) should finish its 24-minute orbit-insertion burn at 10:11 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Confirmation of the success (or failure) of this crucial maneuver should come to ground control minutes later, mission officials have said.
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NASA Spacecraft Arrives at Mars to Probe Mysteries of Red Planet's Air
NASA Mars Orbiter Arrives at Red Planet
September 21st, 2014
After a 10-month journey through deep space, NASA's MAVEN probe arrived in Mars orbit late Sunday, on a mission to help determine why the Red Planet changed from a warm and wet place in the ancient past to the cold, arid world it is today.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Drills 1st Hole into Huge Martian Mountain
Curiosity Drills Into Mount Sharp
September 26th, 2014
On Wednesday (Sept. 24), the 1-ton Curiosity rover drilled 2.6 inches (6.7 centimeters) into an outcrop at the base of the towering Mount Sharp, which rises 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometers) into the Martian sky.
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India's First Mars Probe Makes Historic Red Planet Arrival
Artist's concept of India's Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft, which arrived at the Red Planet on Sept. 24, 2014 Indian Standard Time (Sept. 23 EDT).
September 23rd, 2014
India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) probe was captured by the Red Planet's gravity around 10:11 p.m. EDT Tuesday, making India just the fourth entity — after the United States, the Soviet Union and Europe — to place a spacecraft in Mars orbit.
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NASA Hails Mars Probe's 'Flawless' Arrival at Red Planet
NASA Celebrates MAVEN Probe's Mars Arrival
September 22nd, 2014
The MAVEN spacecraft executed a picture-perfect orbital insertion burn late Sunday night (Sept. 21), slowing down enough to get captured by Mars' gravity in a Red Planet arrival that had mission team members cheering with excitement and relief.
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