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Sending a piece of Mars home

A chunk of Mars will soon be returning home. A piece of a meteorite called Sayh al Uhaymir 008 (SaU008) will be carried on board NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission, now being built at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Mars 2020 candidate landing site in northeast Syrtis Major

A candidate 2020 mission landing site in the northeast region of Syrtis Major. Beautiful Mars series.

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Assembly begins on next Mars rover mission

In just a few years, NASA’s next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet. At a glance, it looks a lot like its predecessor, the Curiosity Mars rover. But there’s no doubt it’s a souped-up science machine: … Continue reading

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Mars 2020: Supersonic parachute deployment test

Landing on Mars is difficult and not always successful. Well-designed advance testing helps. An ambitious NASA Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020 will rely on a special parachute to slow the spacecraft down as it enters the Martian … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Candidate landing site for 2020 mission

Candidate landing site for 2020 mission in northeast Syrtis Major region. Beautiful Mars series.

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Next Mars rover will have 23 eyes

When NASA’s Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA’s first rover, Sojourner. Since then, camera technology has taken a quantum leap. Photo sensors … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Mars 2020 candidate landing site in NE Syrtis Major

A candidate landing site for 2020 mission in the northeast Syrtis Major region. Beautiful Mars series.

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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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