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2007

Watch the movie 'The Challenges of Getting to Mars - Cruise Phase' The Challenges of Getting to Mars
Phoenix Mars Lander: Cruise Phase
- Dec 20, 2007

The word "cruise" implies that this is an easy phase of the mission, however nothing could be further from the truth. See just how much work it takes to get the Phoenix Mars Lander to its proper destination on Mars while it travels at 60,000 miles per hour!

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Watch the movie 'What's Up for December' What's Up for December - Dec 13, 2007

Mars and Earth are at their closest this month so now is your best chance to see our planetary neighbor.

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Watch the movie 'The Challenges of Getting to Mars - Phoenix Launch' The Challenges of Getting to Mars Phoenix Mars Lander: Countdown to Launch - Sep 24, 2007

On Saturday August 4, 2007 the Mars Phoenix Spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Florida.

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Listen to the podcast 'Podcast: A Journey to the Martian North Pole' Podcast: A Journey to the Martian North Pole
- August 02, 2007

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Watch the movie 'The Challenges of Getting to Mars - Phoenix' The Challenges of Getting to Mars Phoenix Mars Lander: Transport for Launch - July 26, 2007

Getting a spacecraft from its "birthplace" at Lockheed Martin in Colorado to its launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida is no easy task. With an able assist from the U.S. Air Force, NASA moved its Phoenix Mars Lander another step closer to Mars. This video chronicles the delicate procedure of moving an immense and demanding passenger across the country.

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View the video 'Phoenix Mars Lander: Hunting for Habitats' Phoenix Mars Lander: Hunting for Habitats -July 09, 2007

Literally going where no spacecraft has gone before, NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will visit the north polar region of Mars. Scientists hope that these chilly, isolated plains will give up secrets frozen in shallow underground layers of water ice. With its sophisticated suite of laboratory instruments, Phoenix will determine whether this region of Mars could have ever been hospitable to life.

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View the video 'Pathfinder Marks Ten-Year Anniversary' Pathfinder Marks Ten-Year Anniversary -July 02, 2007

On July 4, 1997, we got more than a fireworks show to celebrate the birth of our nation. That date marked America's first successful trip back to the surface of Mars since the Viking missions of the 1970s. The Mars Pathfinder mission and its gutsy rover, Sojourner, fascinated the world as they performed nearly flawlessly on our neighboring planet. In this video, Pathfinder alumni reminisce about the little mission that could.

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Screenshot from 'Opportunity Poised to Enter Victoria Crater' Opportunity Poised to Enter Victoria Crater - June 28, 2007
It's been almost a two-year journey for Opportunity to travel to and along the half-mile-wide Victoria Crater. Now after months of looking for just the right spot, it peers over the edge of "Duck Bay," ready to descend soon into perhaps its greatest adventure yet.

In this video, mission project manager John Callas shares the challenges around the decision to send the rover inside and the risks and discoveries that may lie down below.

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Mars Science Laboratory Mission Animation Mars Science Laboratory Mission Animation -
May 25, 2007

This animation demonstrates how the rover will enter, descend and land on the surface of Mars.

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View the Mars Scientist Diane Blaney video Mars scientist Diana Blaney studies the Red Planet from Hawaii. - April 04, 2007

Diana Blaney describes her research on a windy afternoon on Mauna Kea, as technicians prepare NASA's infrared telescope for a night of Mars watching.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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View the video 'Cliffbot Shines in Arctic Rehearsal for Mars' Cliffbot Shines in Arctic Rehearsal for Mars - March 21, 2007

In the summer of 2006, a group of engineers from JPL were invited on the ultimate field trip. In this digital story, Ashley Stroupe and Mike Garrett discuss the journey and how their small but mighty Cliffbot braved the daunting geology of the Norwegian arctic in the hopes that the training might prepare the robot for unforgiving martian terrain.

Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech/Kjell Ove Storvik/Hans Amundsen/
AMASE/ASTEP/CIW/UNIS

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Screenshot from 'Flying Over Opportunity's Work Site Flying Over Opportunity's Work Site - March 13, 2007

Images of "Victoria Crater" in Mars' Meridiani Planum region, taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, provided detailed, three-dimensional information that was used to create this animation of a hypothetical flyover. NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity reached the edge of this crater in September 2006 and began exploring its rim clockwise.

Victoria is about 800 meters (one-half mile) in diameter. This animated flyover approaches the crater from the south, and then moves counterclockwise around part of the rim. An enhanced glimpse of Opportunity appears at a location where the rover was seen by the orbiter.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/U.S. Geological Survey

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Screenshot from 'Flying Over Spirit's Work Site' Flying Over Spirit's Work Site - March 13, 2007

Images of the "Columbia Hills" region inside Mars' Gusev Crater, taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, provided detailed, three-dimensional information that was used to create this animation of a hypothetical flyover. NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has been exploring this range of hills since 2004.

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/U.S. Geological Survey

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Screenshot from 'Three Years on Mars - Opportunity's Story' flash Three Years on Mars - Opportunity's Story - January 22, 2007

NASA's Opportunity rover, now exploring Mars for three years, is half a world away from its twin, Spirit.

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Screenshot from 'Three Years on Mars - Spirit's Story' flash Three Years on Mars: Spirit's Story - January 4, 2007

Scientists expected the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity to run for three months. Three years later the hardy rovers are still operating on opposite sides of the red planet.

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