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read the article 'Astronomers Rule Out Possibility of Asteroid Impact on Mars'
December 21, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Astronomers funded by NASA are monitoring the trajectory of an asteroid estimated to be 50 meters (164 feet) wide that is expected to cross Mars' orbital path early next year.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Alignment on December 24, 2007'
December 20, 2007

This is a special day that happens only every 26 months when Earth is exactly between the Sun and Mars. Find out more about opposition and experiment with Mars and Earth in their orbits.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Orbiter Examines 'Lace' and 'Lizard Skin' Terrain'
December 11, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Scrutiny by NASA's newest Mars orbiter is helping scientists learn the stories of some of the weirdest landscapes on Mars, as well as more familiar-looking parts of the Red Planet.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Frosty Martian Dunes Entice Earthbound Observers'
December 3, 2007

Explore the HiRISE Web site | Read about the classroom program

Conspicuous dark streaks atop icy dunes on Mars allure scientists and non-scientists, yet their origin remains a mystery. Perhaps they are small avalanches or patches of sand covered by a thin veneer of ice. Perhaps they formed when cold gas jets of evaporating ice spewed dust onto the surface.

Imagine being able to point a camera at such features from 60 million miles away! Students in Budapest, Hungary effectively did that, selecting this site for observation from orbit through a program that invites the public to help NASA select targets for imaging on Mars.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report'
November 13, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into a safe standby mode Wed., Nov. 7, after the on-board computer detected that one of the solar panels was moving slower than had been commanded. Update on Nov. 16, 2008: The flight team for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has put the spacecraft back into operations. Science instruments have been powered up, and observations of Mars have resumed.
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Press Release
read the article 'CRISM Has Key Role in Selecting Next Mars Rover Landing Site'
October 19, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Scientists scouting potential landing sites for NASA's next Mars rover mission are using new data from a powerful mineral-mapping camera to narrow the site selection.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Lava 'Leaps Out' in 3-D!'
October 18, 2007

Dazzled by the beauty of the strange features in the Athabasca Valles channel system on Mars, geologist Windy Jaeger pondered their origin. In a new paper, she concludes that lava filled the channel system to the brim and then drained away leaving a thin coating of hard lava rock to preserve the underlying landscape. Other unique features indicating that massive lava flows once filled the channels are hydrovolcanic cones that formed when water met lava and boiled explosively, leaving behind small, conical and ring-shaped features visible in and around the dune field (upper left).
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Press Release
read the article 'MRO Provides Color Views of Landing Site Candidates'
October 10, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Less than a year since beginning the prime science phase of its mission, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has passed a mission-success milestone for the amount of data returned.
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Press Release
read the article 'MRO Provides Insights About Mars Water and Climate'
September 20, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining several features on Mars that address the role of water at different times in Martian history.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Rockin' Radar Rolls'
August 29, 2007

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft engineers are considering rolling the spacecraft to allow scientists a better view of polar rock layering.
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Press Release
read the article 'HiRISE Camera Returns New View of Dark Pit on Mars'
August 29, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) has confirmed that a dark pit seen on Mars in an earlier HiRISE image really is a vertical shaft that cuts through lava flow on the flank of the Arsia Mons volcano. Such pits form on similar volcanoes in Hawaii and are called "pit craters."
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
July 25, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter resumed normal operations on July 24, with all instruments operating and gathering data.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
July 20, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Engineers are gathering and analyzing engineering data to understand the cause of a software error between NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and one of its instruments.
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Spotlight
read the article 'MRO Instrument Site Monitors Orbiter's Track'
July 11, 2007

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CRISM View is a first-of-its-kind opportunity to watch Mars through the "eyes" of the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) - as if you were riding along with it on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter!

The team operating the mineral-mapping camera (CRISM) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter offers Web users a simulated view, in real time, of what part of Mars the instrument is seeing as it orbits the planet. The viewer is based on the application that team members use to monitor their instrument.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Overlooking Opportunity'
June 28, 2007

As engineers and scientists anticipate the Opportunity rover's long-awaited descent into "Victoria Crater," they have a bird's-eye view thanks to the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Opportunity's tracks decorate the edge of Victoria Crater like a constellation in our night sky. These tracks represent nearly a year's worth of investigation to characterize the massive depression before deciding whether or not to enter.

Plans are to take a dip into the crater around the second week of July and then proceed down, if driving conditions are favorable.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Making Quick Work of its Science Goals'
May 17, 2007

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is an overachiever! About six months into its science-gathering phase and the orbiter has already returned 11 Terabits of data – that’s enough to fill over 2,000 CDs!
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Spotlight
read the article 'Rock Layers Exposed by Wind'
May 4, 2007

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Erosion has exposed light-toned, layered rocks on the northern rim of Hellas Basin, the largest impact crater on Mars. Details in the layering seen in this image from the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment reveal variations in brightness that may indicate differing mineralogies.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status'
March 22, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into safe mode -- a precautionary status with minimized activities -- on March 14. It remained healthy and in communication with Earth, but with no science observations, while the flight team examined engineering data. On March 20, the team brought the spacecraft back out of safe mode.
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Spotlight
read the article '100 Days of Operations'
February 16, 2007

The CRISM and HiRISE instruments have given the orbiter's science team and the public much to celebrate as they show us Mars in unprecedented detail.
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Press Release
read the article 'CRISM Uncovering Clues of Surface Composition'
February 16, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Reaching its first 100 days of operations, the powerful mineral-detector aboard the newest satellite to circle Mars is changing the way scientists view the history of water on the red planet.
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Press Release
read the article 'MRO Sees Effects of Ancient Underground Fluids'
February 15, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Liquid or gas flowed through cracks penetrating underground rock on ancient Mars, according to a report based on some of the first observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. These fluids may have produced conditions to support possible habitats for microbial life.
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Press Release
read the article 'Set to Reach Milestone, Reports Technical Glitches'
February 7, 2007
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft this month is set to surpass the record for the most science data returned by any Mars spacecraft. While the mission continues to produce data at record levels, engineers are examining why two instruments are intermittently not performing entirely as planned. All other spacecraft instruments are operating normally and continue to return science data.
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Spotlight
read the article 'MRO Pinpoints Pathfinder'
January 11, 2007

Using the high-resolution camera, visual clues such as peaks and craters seen in earlier images, and old-fashioned detective skills, scientists were able to identify the 1997 Pathfinder mission within a vast landscape of seemingly homogenous Martian terrain.
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Related Information

What does it take to get a spacecraft from Earth all the way to Mars? There are a few key things to consider, as explained in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Mars in a Minute: How Do You Get to Mars?
What does it take to get a spacecraft from Earth all the way to Mars? There are a few key things to consider, as explained in this 60-second video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
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At the center of this view of an area of mid-latitude northern Mars, a fresh crater about 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter holds an exposure of bright material, blue in this false-color image.
Exposed Ice in a Fresh Crater
At the center of this view of an area of mid-latitude northern Mars, a fresh crater about 6 meters (20 feet) in diameter holds an exposure of bright material, blue in this false-color image.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona




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