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If we started today, how long would it take to get to Mars? With this budget, never.

Casey Dreier • June 19, 2013 • 6

The House of Representatives held a hearing today to discuss their proposed NASA authorization bill, which would fund Planetary Science, cut Earth Science, forbid asteroid retrieval, and command NASA to pursue a path to Mars via the Moon.

Enormously detailed photo of Kasei Valles from Mars Express

Emily Lakdawalla • June 19, 2013 • 7

ESA celebrated the tenth anniversary of Mars Express' launch with a several-day science meeting during which they issued lots of press releases and numerous spectacular photos. My favorite of them all is this enormous image of Kasei Valles on Mars.

Exploring Ten Years' Worth of Mars Express Data

Bill Dunford • June 13, 2013 • 3

Mars Express has been in flight for a decade, more than enough time to send home some amazing finds.

Pretty pictures: Curiosity working late

Emily Lakdawalla • June 07, 2013 • 2

Just some cool photos of Curiosity lighting up the Cumberland drill hole after sunset for a little nighttime science work.

Curiosity update, sol 295: "Hitting the road" to Mount Sharp

Emily Lakdawalla • June 05, 2013 • 3

There was a Curiosity telephone conference this morning to make an exciting announcement: they're (almost) done at Glenelg and are preparing for the drive south to Mount Sharp. Allow me an editorial comment: finally!

One Ocean World Among Many

Jim Bell • June 03, 2013 • 6

I'm absolutely floored when I stop to think that our beautiful blue ocean is only one of perhaps a half dozen or more oceans on other worlds in our solar system, and only one of probably millions (or more) oceans on other Earth-like planets in our galaxy. Oceans abound!

Finding faces and animals on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • May 30, 2013 • 7

This week's "lizard" or "rat" on Mars is just the latest of a never-ending stream of so-called discoveries of animate and inanimate objects in images returned from the Red Planet. I challenge you readers to find more such objects in one Curiosity panorama.

The Shores of the Kraken Sea: Great Place Names in the Solar System

Bill Dunford • May 28, 2013 • 9

Nothing reflects the romance of deep space exploration more than the evocative names of places on the planets and moons.

Field Report From Mars: Sol 3317- May 24, 2013

Larry Crumpler • May 24, 2013

Opportunity finally started driving south from its location on the outcrop where it had been since solar conjunction.

Opportunity and Curiosity updates: Rolling and drilling and a little wear on the wheels

Emily Lakdawalla • May 20, 2013 • 3

For most of April, while Mars scuttled behind the Sun as seen from Earth, both Mars rovers were pretty inactive. Now that conjunction has ended, both are doing what rovers should be doing: roving and exploring. As of sol 3312 Opportunity had moved more than 300 meters southward toward Solander Point, while on her sol 279 Curiosity drilled at a second site, Cumberland.

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