Mars the Red Planet: Latest News and Discoveries

Mars, The Red Planet, Fourth Planet From The Sun
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4-Month Mock Mars Mission Wraps Up in Hawaii Friday
Canada Day HIGH SEAS 2
July 22nd, 2014
The second Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation mission, known as Hi-SEAS 2, wraps up on Friday (July 25), ending four months of simulated Red Planet exploration on Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano.
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Zap! Laser Sparks Fly on Mars in Curiosity Rover Video
Laser Flash on Martian Rock
July 17th, 2014
On July 12, for the first time ever, Curiosity photographed sparks flying from a rock blasted by the 1-ton robot's laser-sampling instrument, known as ChemCam. You can watch a video of the laser flashes here.
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Actor Morgan Freeman Talks Mars Trips & More with NASA Astronauts
ISS Astronauts During Interview by Morgan Freeman
July 21st, 2014
Actor Morgan Freeman grilled NASA astronauts on the International Space Station about how their work can get humans to Mars someday.
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Gullies on Mars Carved by Dry Ice, Not Water
Changes Near Downhill End of a Martian Gully
July 16th, 2014
Seasonal changes in the gullies of Mars reveals that dry ice rather than flowing water is responsible for their creation.
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Curiosity Rover on Mars Leaves Landing 'Safe Zone'
Mars Rover Curiosity at Edge of Landing Ellipse
July 12th, 2014
The 1-ton Curiosity rover has now cruised out of its landing ellipse, the area — about 4 miles wide by 12 miles long (7 by 20 kilometers) — regarded as safe ground for its August 2012 touchdown within Mars' huge Gale Crater, NASA officials said.
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Did Huge Impact Shape Planet Mercury?
First high-resolution image of Mercury transmitted by the MESSENGER spacecraft (in false color, 11 narrow-band color filters).
July 6th, 2014
A colossal but glancing smashup with a roughly Earth-size planet could have stripped away much of proto-Mercury's rocky mantle, explaining why the tiny, sun-scorched world has such a huge iron core today, researchers say.
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These Quadcopter Dropships Could Land Rovers on Mars (Video)
The ESA's new dropship is designed to target areas safe for landing and lower rovers onto the surface of Mars.
July 21st, 2014
A dropship quadcopter designed by the European Space Agency could be landing rovers on Mars in the future.
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New Mars Map Is the Best Ever Made (Image, Video)
New Global Geologic Map of Mars
July 14th, 2014
The Mars map, which was released Monday (July 14), was created using observations from four orbiting spacecraft over more than 16 years. It should significantly advance scientists' understanding of the Red Planet, researchers said.
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How Wheel Damage Affects Mars Rover Curiosity's Mission
Wheel Damage on Mars Rover
July 9th, 2014
If there were mechanics on Mars, NASA may have taken the Curiosity rover into the shop by now. The 1-ton robot has accumulated quite a bit of wheel damage since touching down inside Gale Crater in August 2012.
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