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2014

Colliding Atmospheres: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

Colliding Atmospheres: Mars vs Comet Siding Spring - August 06, 2014

Comet Siding Spring is about to fly historically close to Mars. The encounter could spark Martian auroras, a meteor shower, and other unpredictable effects. Whatever happens, NASA's fleet of Mars satellites will have a ringside seat.


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High-Def Video of NASA's 'Flying Saucer' Test

High-Def Video of NASA's 'Flying Saucer' Test - August 08, 2014

LDSD principal investigator Ian Clark takes us through a play by play of NASA's 'Flying Saucer' Test in Hawaii, showing us high-definition video shot from cameras on board and on the ground.


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A Softer Trek to Mount Sharp

A Softer Trek to Mount Sharp - August 05, 2014

On the second anniversary of NASA Curiosity on Mars, the rover navigates a sandy valley on its way to Mount Sharp


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Flash from Curiosity Rover's Laser Hitting a Martian Rock

Flash from Curiosity Rover's Laser Hitting a Martian Rock - July 16, 2014

The sparks that appear on the baseball-sized rock result from the laser of the ChemCam instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover hitting the rock.

ChemCam's laser zapping of this particular rock was the first time the team used Curiosity's arm-mounted Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera to try and capture images of the spark generated by the laser hitting a rock on Mars.

The process, called laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, hits a target with pulses from a laser to generate sparks, whose spectra provide information about which chemical elements are in the target. Multiple laser shots are fired in sequence, each blasting away a thin layer of material so that the following shot examines a slightly deeper layer. In this case, "Nova" displayed an increasing concentration of aluminum as a series of laser shots from the rover penetrated through dust on the rock's surface.

The video is compiled from single images from the MAHLI camera, taken during the 687th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity's work on Mars (July 12, 2014).


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LDSD Test Vehicle Returns

LDSD Test Vehicle Returns - July 02, 2014

NASA's saucer-shaped test vehicle, the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) was recovered from the ocean and returned to Port Allen, Kauai, on June 29, 2014.


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Curiosity Completes Its First Martian Year

Curiosity Completes Its First Martian Year - June 23, 2014

On June 24, 2014, NASA's Curiosity rover completes her first Martian year (687 Earth days). Hear team members describe how the mission accomplished its main goal to find a past habitable environment on the Red Planet and the ongoing science studies.


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Mercury in Front of the Sun, Seen From Mars

Mercury in Front of the Sun, Seen From Mars - June 10, 2014

Mercury passed in front of the sun on June 3, 2014, as viewed from Mars. The Mast Camera on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover recorded the event.


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LDSD: The Great Shakeout Test For Mars

LDSD: The Great Shakeout Test For Mars - June 03, 2014

NASA readies for the experimental flight of a test vehicle designed for landing larger payloads on Mars.


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Mars Weathercam Helps Find Big, New Crater

Mars Weathercam Helps Find Big, New Crater - May 22, 2014

Scientists using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter found a fresh meteor-impact crater, and by golly it's big. It's the largest ever located anywhere by using before-and-after pictures.


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We Brake for Mars: Part 2

We Brake for Mars: Part 2 - May 21, 2014

In part 2, JPL engineer Mike Meacham explains how an inflatable decelerator will help large spacecraft land on Mars.


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NASA's Path to Mars

NASA's Path to Mars - April 29, 2014

Get an inside look at NASA's next steps in deep space exploration -- from the space station, to an asteroid and on to the human exploration of Mars.


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Lunar Eclipse As Seen From The Moon (artist concept)

Lunar Eclipse As Seen From The Moon (artist concept) - April 15, 2014

With the lunar horizon in the foreground, the Earth passes in front of the Sun, revealing the red ring of sunrises and sunsets along the limb of the Earth. The "No Stars" frames omit the starry background and include an alpha channel.


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LDSD: We Brake for Mars

LDSD: We Brake for Mars - April 09, 2014

NASA tests a supersonic parachute under Mars-like conditions for future exploration.


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Acing the Test: Human Deep Space Exploration Systems Progress

Acing the Test: Human Deep Space Exploration Systems Progress - March 11, 2014

A quick look at what's been going on in the Orion, Space Launch System and Ground Systems Development and Operations programs.


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Rover's 5K Run

Rover's 5K Run - February 14, 2014

Curiosity logs 5K after a punishing trek over sharp terrain. To celebrate, JPLers put on their running shoes!


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Opportunity: 10 Years on Mars - Operating a Rover

Opportunity: 10 Years on Mars - Operating a Rover - January 23, 2014

See how Mars Exploration Rover team members take on the demands of driving a rover millions of miles away from Earth.


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Opportunity: 10 Years on Mars - Science

Opportunity: 10 Years on Mars - Science - January 23, 2014

Find out how the Mars Exploration Rover team traversed the Red Planet, examined the diverse environment and transformed our understanding of Mars.


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10 Years on Mars: How Spirit & Opportunity Affected Our Lives

10 Years on Mars: How Spirit & Opportunity Affected Our Lives - January 23, 2014

Some of the team members from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover project were still in college -- or even high school -- when the rovers landed in 2004. Hear their stories of becoming part of this remarkably long-lived and successful mission.


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