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The Mars 2020 rover heat shield is mated to the back shell in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Jan. 10, 2020.


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Stormy Activity At Mars' North Pole

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Mars' North Pole

This image shows part of the ice cap sitting at Mars' north pole, complete with bright swathes of ice, dark troughs and depressions, and signs of strong winds and stormy activity.

Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

Mars 2020 Rover Completes Its First Drive

NASA's next Mars rover has passed its first driving test.


Newfound Martian Aurora Are Actually The Most Common

Newfound Martian Aurora Are Actually The Most Common

A type of Martian aurora first identified by NASA's MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is actually the most common form of aurora occurring on the Red Planet, according to new results from the mission


Mars Express Views Phobos' Phases

Mars Express Views Phobos' Phases

ESA's Mars Express recently tracked Phobos as the moon passed in front of the spacecraft's camera, capturing detailed views of the small, irregularly shaped body at different angles and stages of the flyby


Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020

Two Rovers to Roll on Mars Again: Curiosity and Mars 2020

Curiosity won't be NASA's only active Mars rover for much longer.


Global Storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers Into the Sky

Global Storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers Into the Sky

Dust storms are common on Mars. But every decade or so, something unpredictable happens: A series of runaway storms breaks out, covering the entire planet in a dusty haze


NASA Updates Mars 2020 Mission Environmental Review

NASA Updates Mars 2020 Mission Environmental Review

As NASA continues preparations for the summer 2020 Florida launch of its Mars 2020 rover, including the recent completion of testing the spacecraft in Mars-like conditions, public safety remains a top priority.


InSight's Arm Camera Stares Into the Pit

InSight's Arm Camera Stares Into the Pit

The shadow of NASA InSight's robotic arm moves over its heat probe, or "mole," on Nov. 3, 2019, the 333rd Martian day, or sol, of the mission.


Mars 2020 Heads Into the Test Chamber

Mars 2020 Heads Into the Test Chamber

In this time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 9, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, bunny-suited engineers move the Mars 2020 rover from a high bay in the Spacecraft Simulator Building into the facility's large vacuum chamber for testing in Mars-like environmental conditions.


An Astronaut Smart Glove to Explore The Moon, Mars and Beyond

An Astronaut Smart Glove to Explore The Moon, Mars and Beyond

The NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) and collaborating organizations SETI Institute, Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, Collins Aerospace, and Ntention are announcing the successful field test of an "astronaut smart glove" for future human exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond.


Mars InSight's Mole Has Partially Backed Out of Its Hole

Mars InSight's Mole Has Partially Backed Out of Its Hole

After making progress over the past several weeks digging into the surface of Mars, InSight's mole has backed about halfway out of its hole this past weekend.


New Selfie From Mars Curiosity

New Selfie From Mars Curiosity

A new selfie taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is breathtaking, but it's especially meaningful for the mission's team: stitched together from 57 individual images taken by a camera on the end of Curiosity's robotic arm, the panorama also commemorates only the second time the rover has performed a special chemistry experiment.


Mars 2020 Stands on Its Own Six Wheels

Mars 2020 Stands on Its Own Six Wheels

This time-lapse video, taken on Oct. 8, 2019, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, captures the first time NASA's Mars 2020 rover has carried its full weight on its legs and wheels.


HiRISE Views InSight and Curiosity on Mars

HiRISE Views InSight and Curiosity on Mars

The HiRISE camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently sent home eye-catching views of the agency's InSight lander and its Curiosity rover.


River Relic Spied By Mars Express

River Relic Spied By Mars Express

Mars may seem to be an alien world, but many of its features look eerily familiar - such as this ancient, dried-up river system that stretches out for nearly 700 kilometres across the surface, making it one of the longest valley networks on the planet.


Global Analysis Of Submarine Canyons On Earth May Shed Light On Martian Landscapes

Global Analysis Of Submarine Canyons On Earth May Shed Light On Martian Landscapes

Submarine canyons are a final frontier on planet Earth.


Mars 2020 Rover Tests Descent-Stage Separation

Mars 2020 Rover Tests Descent-Stage Separation

In this picture from Sept. 28, 2019, engineers and technicians working on the assembly and testing of the Mars 2020 spacecraft look on as a crane lifts the rocket-powered descent stage away from the rover.



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