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News Archive / Tagged: Mars

  • NASA’s Curiosity rover studies possible mud cracks

    Jim SharkeyJanuary 19th, 2017

    Researchers with NASA's "Curiosity" mission have recently been using the Mars rover to study slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that may have begun as cracks in drying mud more than 3 billion years ago.

  • Visions of the road to Mars

    Jason RhianJanuary 15th, 2017

    No planet is more steeped in lore, legend, and romance than Mars. For SpaceFlight Insider's illustrator James Vaughan, the Red Planet is a subject matter well suited for his unique style of photo-illustration. He spoke with us about how interest in Mars is increasing and how his work is racing to keep up.

  • Martian polar ice caps revealed in 3-D

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 10th, 2017

    Three-dimensional subsurface images are revealing unprecedented new insights into the structure of the Martian polar ice caps. The 3-D images were produced by data from the Shallow Radar (SHARAD) on board NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) over the course of more than 2,000 orbital passes over each Martian pole.

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Mars Exploration Rover Spirit remembered 13 years after landing

    Curt GodwinJanuary 4th, 2017

    The landing of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Spirit in January 2004 marked the beginning 13 years of continuous robotic operations on the surface of the Red Planet. In that time, multiple spacecraft, including Spirit, have beamed back textbook-rewriting information about past water activity on the red world.

  • Mars Odyssey recovering after entering safe mode

    Paul KnightlyDecember 30th, 2016

    The Mars Odyssey orbiter placed itself into a precautionary safe mode on December 26 while remaining in communication with Earth. This is not the first time that the long-serving spacecraft has encountered this issue.

  • NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover is driving again, drill is still out of action

    Jim SharkeyDecember 24th, 2016

    NASA's "Curiosity" Mars rover drove, on Dec. 18, for about 10 meters from the spot where it had been stopped by ground engineers in order to determine the cause of its faulty drill.

  • Curiosity rover detects boron, more evidence of past habitability on Mars

    Jim SharkeyDecember 15th, 2016

    As NASA's "Curiosity" Mars rover climbs the slopes of Mount Sharp, the layered mountain at the center of Gale crater, it is finding patterns of change in rock composition in the mountain's higher, younger layers. The rover has also detected the chemical element Boron for the first time on the surface of Mars.

  • United Arab Emirates Mars mission collaborates with NASA

    Paul KnightlyDecember 12th, 2016

    The "Hope" Mars mission under development by the United Arab Emirates has continued to make progress in recent weeks with the announcement that NASA will be collaborating with the UAE Space Agency, as first reported by Gulf News on November 26, 2016.

  • NASA Glenn developing new instruments to search for life on Mars

    Michael ColeDecember 11th, 2016

    A new suite of instruments is currently under development through a joint effort between the NASA Glenn Research Center and the University of Michigan. It is called MAHRS; as its name suggests, the instruments are designed to investigate areas where water is present – in this case, the wet brine environments in the shallow subsurface of Mars.

  • Curiosity rover team troubleshoots drill problem

    Jim SharkeyDecember 10th, 2016

    NASA's Curiosity rover is currently studying its surroundings and monitoring the Martian environment, but not driving or using its arm for science, while the rover team investigates an issue with a motor that moves the rover's drill.

  • Martian ice deposit contains as much water as Lake Superior

    Jim SharkeyNovember 25th, 2016

    Scientists using data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have discovered a layer of water ice beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars that holds about as much water as what is in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes.

  • Schiaparelli may be dead but TGO saves the ExoMars mission

    Tomasz NowakowskiNovember 24th, 2016

    More than one month has now passed since the arrival of Europe’s ExoMars mission at the Red Planet. Although the mission’s Schiaparelli module has crashed onto the Martian surface, the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) is in excellent shape and prepares for science operations.

  • Space Launch System upper stage testing set to begin

    Scott JohnsonNovember 22nd, 2016

    Huntsville, Ala. — This past week, on Nov. 15, a test version of the Space Launch System's (SLS) Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) was moved to Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) historic West Test Area in preparation for early 2017 testing. SpaceFlight Insider was on hand at a media event following the move.

  • New analysis yields clues to fate of Beagle 2

    Jim SharkeyNovember 18th, 2016

    Scientists have discovered new clues about the fate of the British-made Beagle 2 Mars lander, thanks to a new research technique. The probe was discovered on the surface of Mars in November 2014 using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), but questions remained about what had caused its failure to contact Earth.

  • New photos emerge of SpaceX ITS LOX tank

    Scott JohnsonNovember 15th, 2016

    On Friday, Nov. 11, Reddit / Imgur user Death_Cog_Unit posted new photos of what is purported to be SpaceX's Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) – formerly Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) – liquid oxygen tank (LOX) being loaded / unloaded on a barge in Anacortes, Washington.