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NASA, ESA Officials Outline Latest Mars Sample Return Plans

The current strategy includes the Mars 2020 rover, a lander carrying a rover and ascent vehicle, and an Earth return orbiter.

Refreshing the Viking Orbiter views of Mars

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

Capturing Martian Weather in Motion

Still images of Mars often give a false impression that Mars is a dead planet—but time-lapse imaging from the European Mars Express spacecraft reveals the planet as it really is.

Jupiter's Clouds: A Primer

With Juno arriving at Jupiter, Justin Cowart gives us a lesson on the giant planet's varied cloud patterns.

The Giant Volcanoes of Mars

Justin Cowart shares some spectacular images showcasing Mars' volcanoes from Mars Express.

A Sunset on Mars: Crafting a scene from archival data

Ever wanted to stand on Mars and watch a sunset? Unfortunately for many of us, it will never be something that we get to experience in person. But thanks to our robotic emissaries on Mars, and some careful processing of images from NASA's Planetary Data System, we can get a sense of what it’s like.

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