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Vanadium: key element in search for Mars biosignatures?

The search for biology on neighbor planet Mars won’t play out like a Hollywood movie starring little green men. Rather, many scientists agree if there was life on the Red Planet, it probably will present itself as fossilized bacteria. To … Continue reading

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HiRISE digital terrain model for Jezero Crater candidate landing site

The HiRISE camera team has released a digital terrain model (DTM) for Jezero Crater, one of the candidate landing sites for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover. Information about HiRISE DTMs here; all available DTMs here.

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A geological history of NE Syrtis Major

Brown University researchers have published the most detailed geological history to date for a region of Mars known as Northeast Syrtis Major, a spot high on NASA’s list of potential landing sites for its next Mars rover to be launched … Continue reading

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Mars 2020 rover landing site short list: Columbia Hills, Jezero Crater, Northeast Syrtis Major

Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA’s upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation. The three potential landing sites for NASA’s next Mars rover include Northeast Syrtis (a very ancient portion … Continue reading

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MRO: Looking for landing sites

At an international workshop this week about where NASA’s next Mars rover should land, most of the information comes from a prolific spacecraft that’s been orbiting Mars since 2006. Observations by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the basis for … Continue reading

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NASA’s $2.4-billion plan to steal a rock from Mars

Ed. note: The following is an except from a story in Nature; full story here. Adam Steltzner rose to engineering stardom in 2012, when NASA’s Curiosity rover plummeted to a perfect landing on Mars, thanks to a daring, fiery manoeuvre … Continue reading

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Seeking signs of life and more: NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission

Ed. note: The following is an except from a story in Eos, published by the American Geophysical Union. Full story here. The next Mars rover will be able to land near rugged terrain, giving scientists access to diverse landscapes. It … Continue reading

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NASA 2020 rover to get new lander vision system

NASA tested new “eyes” for its next Mars rover mission on a rocket built by Masten Space Systems in Mojave, California, thanks in part to NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program, or FOP. The agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Nili Fossae’s highlands

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 5, 2016. Today’s false color image shows some of the highlands between the multiple graben of Nili Fossae. The THEMIS camera contains 5 filters. The data from different filters can be combined in multiple … Continue reading

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Next Mars rover continues toward 2020 launch

After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover, currently targeted to launch in summer of 2020 and arrive on the Red Planet … Continue reading

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