Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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Mars Fossils? Curiosity Rover Team Questions Report on Potential Microbe Traces
Geological Members of the Yellowknife Bay Formation
January 30th, 2015
Scientists on the Curiosity team have brought into question a recent report about potential trace fossils in the Mars rover's images of the Gillespie rock outcrop.
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NASA Mars Plan Criticized in Kickstarter Project, 'Fight for Space'
 'Fight for Space' Movie
January 27th, 2015
NASA cannot put astronauts on Mars in the 2030s under current funding, experts interviewed for an unreleased movie say.
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Mars Moon Double-Take: What Would Martian Skywatchers See?
This illustration shows how big the moons of Mars appear from the surface of Mars, compared to the size of Earth's moon as seen from Earth's surface. Deimos (far left) and Phobos are shown together as they actually were photographed by NASA's Mars rover C
January 28th, 2015
The stars and constellations seen from Mars would be similar to those seen from Earth, but the Red Planet's two moons would be quite a sight for Martian explorers.
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Tiny NASA Helicopter Drone Could Explore Mars One Day
A proposed robotic helicopter could triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a day and help pinpoint interesting targets for study, NASA researchers say.
January 24th, 2015
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are developing a 2.2-lb. helicopter that would work in partnership with future Mars rovers.
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Mars Rover Opportunity Marks 11-Year Anniversary with Stunning Photo
NASA's Mars rover Opportunity captured the photos that make up this panorama from the top of Cape Tribulation, a segment of the rim of Endeavour Crater, in January 2015.
January 23rd, 2015
NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 11 years on Mars Saturday (Jan. 24), and the robot's handlers are marking the occasion with a gorgeous panoramic photo that Opportunity took of its Red Planet environs.
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UK's Lost Beagle 2 Mars Lander, Missing Since 2003, Found in NASA Photos
Officials think that the Beagle 2 lander (seen as a bright spot here) partially deployed its solar panels when it reached the surface of Mars in 2003. European Space Agency officials lost contact with the lander after it was released down to the surface o
January 16th, 2015
Scientists announced today (Jan. 16) that NASA's sharp-eyed Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has spotted Beagle 2, which was part of the European Space Agency's Mars Express mission.
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Fire Ends Mock Mars Mission in Utah Desert
Greenhouse Fire at Mars Desert Research Station GreenHab
January 28th, 2015
A greenhouse fire on Dec. 29 halted a simulated Red Planet mission at the Mars Society's Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.
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NASA's New Curiosity Rover Science Chief Takes Charge On Mars
Ashwin Vasavada, the newly announced program scientist for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission. A full-scale model of the Curiosity rover flanks him.
January 21st, 2015
Ashwin Vasavada has taken over the top science slot for the Curiosity Mars rover mission, and is ready to climb Mount Sharp.
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