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The Bounty of Iron Meteorites Found on Mars

Linda Martel • July 10, 2018

Something new and wonderful appeared in the Meteoritical Bulletin Database—an entire listing of meteorites found on Mars by robotic rovers and their science teams from the years 2005–2017.

Walking on Mars: Bringing the Red Planet Down to Earth

Jonathon Hill • July 06, 2018

What happens when you print a map of Mars the size of a basketball court?

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Sleeps as Storm Chasers Study Planet-Encircling Dust Cloud

A.J.S. Rayl • July 04, 2018

As a monster dust storm grew to encircle the Red Planet in June, Opportunity spent most of the month in the dark, presumably sleeping in a hibernation mode as the skies over Endeavour Crater became darker and darker.

Curiosity update, sols 2027-2092: Return to drilling at Duluth, sciencing the dust storm

Emily Lakdawalla • June 29, 2018

Hooray! Curiosity has triumphantly returned to drilling with a successful drill and delivery to its lab instruments at a site named Duluth. It's now studying the dust storm as it drives to new drill sites on Vera Rubin ridge.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update Special Report: Opportunity Pummeled by Massive Dust Storm, Hunkers Down to Sleep

A.J.S. Rayl • June 15, 2018

Entrenched in the west rim of Endeavour Crater, veteran robot field geologist Opportunity is hunkered down in Perseverance Valley in a kind of hibernation mode.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Makes Tracks on Magical Mystery Tour of Different Rocks

A.J.S. Rayl • June 02, 2018

Opportunity continued exploring the south trough of Perseverance in May, still looking for evidence that explains just how this one-of-a-kind valley meandering through Endeavour Crater’s rim formed.

Mars' growth stunted!

Sean Raymond • June 01, 2018

Mars is a weirdo. (Well, as far as planets go).

Approaching Mars on Spaceship Earth

Emily Lakdawalla • May 24, 2018

One of the great things about space exploration is how it can shift your perspective. And you don't even need to leave home.

Book Excerpt: The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the radioisotope power system works

Emily Lakdawalla • May 14, 2018

Readers, colleagues, friends: it's finally happened. My first book is finally out in the world. Here's an excerpt that explains the design and operation of Curiosity's MMRTG, (it also applies to the future Mars 2020 rover power supply).

Refreshing the Viking Orbiter views of Mars

Justin Cowart • May 07, 2018

Justin Cowart reprocesses Viking Orbiter images from the 1970s and 1980s to reveal their unique and beautiful perspectives on the planet.

Go Atlas, go Centaur, go InSight!

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2018

NASA’s next Mars mission launched successfully from Vandenberg Air Force Base today!

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Studies Mystery Rock, Mission Officials Seek 2019 Extension

A.J.S. Rayl • May 04, 2018

Opportunity spent April further exploring the area about halfway down Perseverance Valley, checking out unusual, vesicular or pitted rocks the likes of which she has never seen, while officials prepared the mission’s bid to keep the robot field geologist roving through 2019.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update Special Report: Perseverance Science So Far, New View of Endeavour at LPSC 2018

A.J.S. Rayl • April 27, 2018

For the 15th year in a row, Opportunity drove into the spotlight during an afternoon session at the 49th Lunar & Planetary Science Conference.

The Opportunity selfie: 5000 Sols in the making

Doug Ellison • April 20, 2018

A personal story recounts how a NASA team used a microscopic imager to take a selfie of the Opportunity rover.

Curiosity Update, sols 1972-2026: Completing the Vera Rubin Ridge Walkabout

Emily Lakdawalla • April 17, 2018

The Curiosity team has completed its initial survey of the top of Vera Rubin Ridge, and is ready to make another attempt at drilling after the rock at Lake Orcadie proved to be too hard.

The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Presses On in Perseverance, Pace Picks Up

A.J.S. Rayl • April 11, 2018

In the west rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity continued her exploration of Perseverance Valley in March.

Preview of the InSight Mars launch

Emily Lakdawalla • April 05, 2018

NASA’s next planetary launch is coming up, as soon as May 5, 2018. This post is your one-stop shop for information about InSight’s launch, cruise, and expected mission to Mars.

#LPSC2018: Understanding early Mars through fluvial features

Adeene Denton • April 02, 2018

One of the ways we understand Mars' early climatic and geologic history is through preserved fluvial features.

#LPSC2018: Mars mass wasting in the laboratory

Jake Robins • March 26, 2018

Mars today is a dynamic place. One visually dramatic sign of change on Mars is "mass wasting," more commonly known as "stuff falling downhill". Scientists presented the results of recent laboratory work on Mars mass wasting at last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

Automating Science on Mars

Raymond Francis and Tara Estlin • March 13, 2018

Since 2016, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has had the ability to choose its own science targets using an onboard intelligent targeting system called AEGIS.

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