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Exploring Mars on Earth: The Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition

Emily Lakdawalla • August 31, 2009

High in the Arctic, just below Earth's north polar ice cap, biologists, geologists, and engineers come together in Svalbard every August to practice and prepare for an expedition to Mars.

Reports from the 2009 AMASE Field Expedition

Emily Lakdawalla • August 06, 2009

Now that it's high summer in the Arctic, it's time for research expeditions to swarm northward to explore icy landscapes as analogues to Mars and other far-off places.

ExoMars landing site downselections

Emily Lakdawalla • November 19, 2007

It hasn't been that long since the Mars Science Laboratory landing site downselection meeting; it was quickly followed by a meeting in Europe on ExoMars, which is currently planned for a 2011 launch.

A couple of neat artist's conceptions of ExoMars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 26, 2006

With the Aurora program under way, the next European mission to Mars will be a rover named ExoMars, to be launched in 2011.

Europe goes ahead with Aurora

Emily Lakdawalla • May 24, 2006

This item is a little bit old -- I missed it when it was announced last Monday. ESA issued a press release stating that "European ministers approve the Aurora Exploration Programme and give green light for the ExoMars mission."

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