Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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NASA's Opportunity Rover Suffers More Amnesia on Mars
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover examines a rock dubbed "Athens" in this image taken on March 25, 2015, by the rover's front hazard avoidance camera.
March 30th, 2015
NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has suffered another bout of amnesia, less than a week after engineers installed a software upgrade designed to fix its memory problems. The March 25 event didn't result in the loss of any science data.
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Star Power: Spring's Night Sky Dazzles with Constellations Aplenty
Big Dipper Seen in the Canary Islands
March 27th, 2015
With spring underway, the evening sky is in transition. What new stars and constellations will adorn the night sky for the next few months?
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Moon's Iron Core May Reveal Solar System Secrets with X-Ray Scan
The Moon Has an Iron Core
March 26th, 2015
The iron heart of Earth's moon has been measured more precisely than ever before. In a new study, scientists used X-rays to study the type of iron likely presence in our lunar companion's core.
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Best Space Stories of the Week – March 29, 2015
Expedition 43 Launch #3
March 29th, 2015
Two spaceflyers blasted off on the first-ever yearlong mission to the International Space Station and NASA announced its plan to haul a boulder from a near-Earth asteroid to lunar orbit. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
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Mock Mars Mission Crew Tests 'Smart Shirt' for Astronauts
Hexoskin Biometric Shirts Modeled
March 27th, 2015
An astronaut "smart shirt" -- one that could someday beam biometric information back to ground controllers to keep an eye on the spacefarer's health – is now on a space mission of sorts.
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New Tech Could Protect Astronauts' Eyes on Mars Mission
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March 26th, 2015
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute Industry Forum has funded three companies as part of its "Vision for Mars" challenge, which seeks to mitigate the visual problems astronauts experience during long-term spaceflight.
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Mars Rover Opportunity Gets Memory Fix Ahead of Marathon Milestone
This false-color view captured by NASA's Opportunity Mars rover shows part of Marathon Valley as seen from an overlook to the north. The image was taken by the rover's Pancam on March 13, 2015.
March 24th, 2015
A software upgrade has restored the use of Opportunity's flash memory, just in time for the rover to complete its Mars marathon. Opportunity will reach the mileage milestone after just another 47 yards (43 meters) of driving.
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NASA Spacecraft Takes 'Deep Dip' Into Martian Upper Atmosphere
Illustration of MAVEN Orbiting Mars
March 27th, 2015
NASA's newest Mars probe recently made a risky dive into the Red Planet's upper atmosphere to learn more about how the planet's climate changed over time.
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