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Where Should Humans Land on Mars? Workshop to Discuss Possibilities

Jason Davis • October 27, 2015 • 21

This week in Houston, Texas, scientists are gathering to discuss where humans should first land and explore on the surface of Mars.

Why Return to the Columbia Hills?

Alex Longo • October 23, 2015 • 10

Where should NASA’s next Mars rover, the Mars 2020 sample caching mission, land? One site under consideration is Spirit's old stomping ground, the Columbia Hills.

Mars Orbiter Mission update: A year at Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • October 06, 2015 • 2

A couple of weeks ago, there was a flurry of rumor that ISRO was ready to announce some results from its Mars Orbiter Mission's methane sensor. The Indian space agency held a press event for the one-year-in-orbit anniversary of Mars Orbiter Mission and released a book containing mission photos, but did not unveil any new scientific results.

Mars Week Continues: We've Released Our 'Humans Orbiting Mars' Workshop Report

Casey Dreier • September 29, 2015 • 2

Learn all about a sustainable, affordable path to get humans to the Red Planet—a path that goes through Mars orbit and Phobos.

NASA's Mars Announcement: Present-day transient flows of briny water on steep slopes

Emily Lakdawalla • September 28, 2015 • 25

NASA held a press briefing today to publicize a cool incremental result in the story of present-day liquid water on Mars. How big a deal is this story? Was all the pre-announcement hype justified? Is this just NASA discovering water on Mars for the zillionth time? What does this mean for things many space fans care about: life on Mars or future human exploration?

A Free, Online Course Exploring the Science of Phobos and Deimos

Casey Dreier • September 19, 2015 • 3

Impress your friends and wow your colleagues by learning all about Mars's moons.

Curiosity update, sols 1073-1107: Driving toward dunes, distracted by haloes

Emily Lakdawalla • September 18, 2015 • 1

Since I last checked in with Curiosity, the rover has been steadily driving southward, heading directly toward the Bagnold dune field. They are looking for a place to drill into the Stimson sandstone unit, but have been distracted by intriguing pale haloes around frock fractures. Despite a rough road, the wheels are not showing significant increase in damage.

A Workhorse at Mars

Tanya Harrison • September 11, 2015 • 2

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) is almost a silent star at Mars. The latest MRO data release brought the total number of available CTX images to over 70,000, covering well over 90% of the Red Planet at a stunning resolution of 6 meters per pixel.

Pretty Picture: A Sweeping View of the Martian South Pole

Jason Davis • September 10, 2015 • 1

The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft captured a sweeping view of Mars' south pole, along with a region extending northward to Hellas Basin.

IceBreaker: The Search for Life on Mars

Van Kane • September 08, 2015 • 3

The IceBreaker mission, proposed to NASA's Discovery program for low-cost missions, would seek out life on the northern plains of Mars.

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