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  • Martian storm chasers: Spacecraft observe dust storm

    Paul KnightlyJuly 30th, 2018

    A fleet of spacecraft are diligently studying the global dust storm currently encircling Mars. Much as storm chasers would do on Earth, they are collecting valuable data so that scientists can better understand how these storms form and evolve.

  • 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.

  • New test finds no damp soil at Mars’ seasonal dark streaks

    Jim SharkeyAugust 29th, 2016

    A new study using data collected by NASA's Mars Odyssey mission indicates that there is little water to be found in seasonal dark streaks on Mars. The dark streaks, known as recurring slope lineae or RSL, have been a hot topic in planetary exploration since they were first discovered in 2011.

  • Mars Odyssey marks 15 years since launch

    Laurel KornfeldApril 7th, 2016

    NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey orbiter, which has relayed data from the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers on the Red Planet's surface, and also found evidence for the presence of water ice close to Mars' surface in various locations, is marking the 15th anniversary of its launch on April 7, 2001.

  • NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft nears 60,000th orbit

    Jim SharkeyJune 22nd, 2015

    NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft will reach a major milestone on Tuesday, June 23, when it will make its 60,000th orbit of Mars. The orbiter, which is NASA’s longest-operating spacecraft at the Red Planet, arrived in orbit above the flash-frozen world in 2001. The satellite was named Odyssey in honor of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction novel […]

  • NASA’s fleet of Mars orbiters capture detailed views of comet nucleus

    SpaceFlight InsiderOctober 24th, 2014

    NASA’s fleet of Martian orbiters were poised at the ready, turning their cameras to the skies in hopes of catching a glimpse of comet Siding Spring on Oct. 19. In this historic flyby, Siding Spring made the closest pass of any known comet to the Red Planet. Scientists took advantage of this opportunity and collected […]

  • ULA marks 25th anniversary of Delta II rocket

    Jim SharkeyFebruary 16th, 2014

    On Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 United Launch Alliance (ULA) commemorated the 25th  anniversary of the Delta II launch vehicle.  A quarter century earlier, on February 14, 1989, a Delta II lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carrying the GPS BII-01 satellite to orbit. While it was designed specifically to accommodate the Block II series of GPS […]

  • Mars Odyssey begins orbital shift

    Collin SkocikFebruary 15th, 2014

    NASA’ longest-serving Martian spacecraft, Mars Odyssey, which has circled the dusty plains of the Red Planet since orbital insertion in 2001 has a new mission and has been placed into the proper orbit to carry it out. NASA wants the orbiting probe to carry out the first comprehensive study of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different […]