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Mars Archive
15 November 2013, 04:17 PM ET
NASA's next Mars probe is ready and cleared for launch to the Red Planet. NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution probe (MAVEN for short) is set to launch atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Nov. 18.
15 November 2013, 04:09 PM ET
It took NASA weeks of processing to ready the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, spacecraft for launch to the red planet, but this timelapse condenses that into less than 3 minutes.
14 November 2013, 10:27 PM ET
In a public service announcement, LaVar Burton (Geordi La Forge / Star Trek: The Next Generation) talks about the new mission that will study the Martian atmosphere.
14 November 2013, 04:53 PM ET
The Red Planet appears to have had a thick atmosphere warm enough for water oceans, and may have been friendly to life. A new animation from NASA depicts the planet's evolution from a lush utopia to the barren land it is today.
14 November 2013, 01:50 PM ET
What's a virus to do when it finds itself in an inhospitable environment such as hot water? Coating itself in glass seems to not only provide protection, but may also make it easier to jump to a more favorable location to spread.
14 November 2013, 12:38 PM ET
Features on the Red Planet of today suggest that oceans of liquid water once traversed parts of the planet. This animation imagines how it could of looked and its current state.
13 November 2013, 05:08 PM ET
Maven will orbit Mars, looking for clues about what happened to the planet's once-thick atmosphere.
13 November 2013, 09:57 AM ET
NASA's next mission to Mars set to explore the Red Planet's atmosphere is getting ready to launch on Monday (Nov. 18).
12 November 2013, 06:34 PM ET
The car-size Curiosity rover went into safe mode Thursday, a few hours after receiving a software update from its handlers on Earth. But mission engineers identified and fixed the problem, allowing Curiosity to resume normal operations on Sunday.
12 November 2013, 04:27 PM ET
A NASA probe has revealed an unprecedented view of Saturn from space, showing the entire gas giant backlit by the sun with several of its moons and all but one of its rings, as Earth, Venus and Mars all appear as pinpricks light in the background.
11 November 2013, 05:37 PM ET
Curiosity rebooted its software on Thursday, shortly after its handlers had uploaded new flight software to the 1-ton rover. It was the first time Curiosity had experienced such a fault-related reboot since landing on Mars in August 2012.
08 November 2013, 03:42 PM ET
Set to launch on Nov 18th, 2013, the orbiter seek to rewind the planet's geologic history back to the wet, warm epoch that might have spawned life. MAVEN's instruments may help scientists understand why the planet lost much of its atmosphere.
04 November 2013, 06:40 AM ET
Nuclear fusion rockets and high-powered electric propulsion systems could end up shortening travel times to the Red Planet dramatically, proponents say, opening up a new era in manned space exploration.
01 November 2013, 05:06 PM ET
You can expect to see Venus, Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn this November with only an average telescope.
01 November 2013, 07:18 AM ET
A newly released video, created by stitching together images taken by a veteran Mars spacecraft, provides a richly detailed, three-dimensional view of the Red Planet.
30 October 2013, 02:46 PM ET
On Monday, Curiosity took some scouting photos of an outcrop called "Cooperstown" from about 262 feet (80 meters) away. Researchers plan to investigate Cooperstown soon, putting the rover's arm-mounted science gear to use for the first time since Sept. 22
29 October 2013, 10:48 AM ET
ESA's Mars Express orbited the Red Planet nearly 12,500 times by October 2013. Its high resolution stereo camera images, assembled in this "fly-around," show riverbeds, volcanos, canyons and craters.
28 October 2013, 04:44 PM ET
NASA is putting the finishing touches on its next Mars mission, which is slated to launch toward the Red Planet in just three weeks. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft, or Maven, is due to lift off from Florida on Nov. 18.
24 October 2013, 02:19 PM ET
Opportunity is working its way up "Solander Point," the northern tip of a 130-foot-tall hill. The rover is currently studying rocky outcrops that lie between 6.5 feet and 20 feet above the surrounding plains, and it may climb higher in the coming days.
24 October 2013, 01:09 PM ET
Should we terraform Mars to make it more Earth-like? Or should we "renovate" the Red Planet, in an attempt to resuscitate any native life that might have survived in environmental niches for billions of years?
24 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
A prototype of Europe's planned ExoMars rover, dubbed Bridget by its control team, spent several days working in Chile as part of the Sample Field Acquisition Experiment with a Rover (SAFER) trial between Oct. 7 and 13.
22 October 2013, 12:08 PM ET
A new analysis of a Martian meteorite claims some of the planet's missing carbon dioxide atmosphere disappeared into Mars itself.
19 October 2013, 10:12 AM ET
Some pieces of rock that fell to Earth from space are indeed from Mars, new measurements reveal.
17 October 2013, 11:10 AM ET
Planetary scientist Jim Bell recently shared nearly 10 years' worth of photos from NASA's Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, which have shed a great deal of light on the Red Planet's wetter and warmer past.
15 October 2013, 11:10 AM ET
Can existing technology take humans to Mars?
15 October 2013, 10:03 AM ET
India's first spacecraft bound for Mars is counting down toward a late October launch, a mission that — if successful — could make the country's space agency one of the elite few of space powers to have explored the Red Planet.
14 October 2013, 07:03 PM ET
After a 300-day cruise through space, India's Mars probe will circle the planet.
11 October 2013, 07:01 AM ET
Clouds formed under Martian conditions in a three-story-tall chamber in Germany after researchers cranked up the humidity to 190 percent — nearly double the threshold required for clouds on our own planet.
08 October 2013, 11:00 AM ET
Comet ISON could shine brightly in the night sky around the time of its close solar approach on Nov. 28. Here's the lowdown on ISON and its journey through the inner solar system, which scientists are already tracking with a variety of instruments.
07 October 2013, 06:50 AM ET
The physics behind a fusion-driven rocket have been demonstrated in the lab, so such a device may well be propelling people on 90-day trips to the Red Planet in a matter of decades, according to a team of researchers working on the technology.
04 October 2013, 07:00 AM ET
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution orbiter, or Maven, got back on track for a Nov. 18 launch on Thursday, just two days after the government shutdown froze liftoff preparations and put a scare into planetary scientists around the world.
03 October 2013, 08:00 AM ET
The 14th annual "World Space Week" runs from Oct. 4 through Oct. 10. This year's theme is "Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth." Events will focus on Red Planet exploration, and what such efforts have taught humanity about its home planet.
02 October 2013, 01:01 PM ET
See photos and images of ancient volcanoes on Mars from spacecraft at the Red Planet.
02 October 2013, 11:49 AM ET
Several craters on the surface of the Red Planet were thought to be created by meteors, but a new investigation of Arabia Terra, Mars is showing likely evidence of massive eruptions millions of years ago.
01 October 2013, 03:44 PM ET
The shutdown has frozen launch preparations for NASA's Maven Mars probe, which is slated to blast off Nov. 18. Maven has until Dec. 7 to get off the ground, after which point it would have to wait 26 months for another launch window to open.
30 September 2013, 10:03 AM ET
Comet ISON could shine brightly in the night sky around the time of its close solar approach on Nov. 28. Here's the lowdown on ISON and its journey through the inner solar system, which scientists are already tracking with a variety of instruments.