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Mars Exploration Challenge Launches Today

Charlene Anderson • September 13, 2010

The explorers who will someday walk on Mars are in school today. Exactly who they are, we don't yet know. But we do know that they are among the students who are captivated by the wonders of science and the challenges of engineering.

Jaded by Mars Organics

Ryan Anderson • September 11, 2010

So, you may have heard the news making the rounds last week that a new analysis of the Viking data suggests there may actually be organics and (dare I even say it?) life on Mars! Yawn. Consider me underwhelmed.

Getting to the real science image data: It's not that hard!

Emily Lakdawalla • September 01, 2010 • 2

If I have to, I will drag reluctant people one at a time to plunge into NASA's Planetary Data System.

Bringing MOLA altimetry tracks into Google Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • August 27, 2010

I've had a fun morning of noodling around learning how to write KML files, and have produced one for Google Mars that shows you all of the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter tracks that cross the area Opportunity has driven through already, as well as the area of Endeavour crater.

Tracing the Big Picture of Mars' Atmosphere

Bruce Betts • August 26, 2010

One of the instruments on a 2016 mission to orbit Mars will provide daily maps of global, pole-to-pole, vertical distributions of the temperature, dust, water vapor and ice clouds in the Martian atmosphere.

A first look at distant hills

Emily Lakdawalla • August 25, 2010

Rover fans have been excitedly watching the hills on Opportunity's horizon grow taller and taller as Opportunity rolls toward its destination, Endeavour crater.

Three things to watch

Emily Lakdawalla • August 20, 2010

It's high summer (in the northern hemisphere anyway) and many of you may be seeking shelter from the heat. If you need to collapse on the couch and watch TV, I have three space-y recommendations for you.

Molar Tooth Texture

Ryan Anderson • August 12, 2010

Ok, so remember the weird rock I showed in my Galcier Park geology post?

Animation: Mars Express rising above the north pole

Emily Lakdawalla • August 11, 2010

The "Mars Webcam" on Mars Express (otherwise known as the Visual Monitoring Camera or VMC) has just restarted sending images to Earth after a bit of a hiatus.

The Geology of Glacier National Park: Part 1

Ryan Anderson • August 08, 2010

Well, the field trip is over and I am happy to say that I was not eaten by any bears. They seemed much more interested in the huckleberries.

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