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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Team Teaches Old Rovers New Tricks to Kick Off Year Four'
December 28, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's twin Mars rovers, nearing the third anniversary of their landings, are getting smarter as they get older. The unexpected longevity of Spirit and Opportunity is giving the space agency a chance to field-test on Mars some new capabilities useful both to these missions and future rovers.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Names New Manager for MRO'
December 22, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has a new project manager. Jim Erickson, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., had been deputy project manager for the orbiter since early 2006. JPL's Jim Graf, who led the Mars robotic mission from development through flight to the red planet, is moving on to new challenges. He has joined JPL's Earth Science and Technology Directorate as deputy director.
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Press Release
read the article 'Geologists Finding a Different Mars Underneath'
December 13, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars is showing scientists its older, craggier face buried beneath the surface, thanks to a pioneering sounding radar co-sponsored by NASA aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Read Layered Clues to Changes on Mars'
December 13, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Layers on Mars are yielding history lessons revealed by instruments flying overhead and rolling across the surface. Some of the first radar and imaging results from NASA's newest Mars spacecraft, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, show details in layers of ice-rich deposits near the poles. Observed variations in the layers' thickness and composition will yield information about recent climate cycles on the red planet.
read the article 'NASA Spacecraft Read Layered Clues to Changes on Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Images Suggest Water Still Flows in Brief Spurts On Mars'
December 6, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA photographs have revealed bright new deposits seen in two gullies on Mars that suggest water carried sediment through them sometime during the past seven years.
read the article 'NASA Images Suggest Water Still Flows in Brief Spurts On Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Photographs Spirit and Vikings on the Ground'
December 4, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

New images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show three additional NASA spacecraft that have landed on Mars: the Spirit rover active on the surface since January 2004 and the two Viking landers that successfully reached the surface in 1976.
read the article 'NASA Mars Orbiter Photographs Spirit and Vikings on the Ground' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'HiRISE Team Begins Releasing a Flood of Mars Images Over the Internet'
November 22, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

HiRISE Team Begins Releasing a Flood of Mars Images Over the Internet
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars Global Surveyor May Be at Mission's End'
November 21, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Global Surveyor has likely finished its operating career. The spacecraft has served the longest and been the most productive of any mission ever sent to the red planet.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Global Surveyor May Be at Mission's End' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'NASA's Newest Mars Orbiter Passes Communications Relay Test'
November 17, 2006

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has successfully tested another key part of its payload, a versatile radio for relaying communications with robots on the surface of Mars.
read the article 'NASA's Newest Mars Orbiter Passes Communications Relay Test' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Ground Team Stays Busy on 10th Anniversary of NASA Mars Launch'
November 7, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Engineers are striving to restore full communications with NASA's Mars Global Surveyor on the 10th anniversary of the spacecraft's Nov. 7, 1996, launch. The orbiter is the oldest of five NASA spacecraft currently active at the red planet. Its original mission was to examine Mars for a full Martian year, roughly two Earth years. Once that period elapsed, considering the string of discoveries, NASA extended the mission repeatedly, most recently on Oct. 1 of this year.
read the article 'Ground Team Stays Busy on 10th Anniversary of NASA Mars Launch' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Posts Panorama to Celebrate Rover's 1,000th Martian Day'
October 25, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will finish its 1,000th Martian day Thursday, continuing a successful mission originally planned for 90 Martian days.
read the article 'NASA Posts Panorama to Celebrate Rover's 1,000th Martian Day' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'During Solar Conjunction, Mars Spacecraft Will Be on Autopilot'
October 20, 2006

For a brief time, the sun will get in the way of communications between Earth and Mars spacecraft, but mission teams are well prepared for this natural event called solar conjunction.
read the article 'During Solar Conjunction, Mars Spacecraft Will Be on Autopilot' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'During Solar Conjunction, Mars Spacecraft Will Be on Autopilot'
October 20, 2006

For a brief time, the sun will get in the way of communications between Earth and Mars spacecraft, but mission teams are well prepared for this natural event called solar conjunction.
read the article 'During Solar Conjunction, Mars Spacecraft Will Be on Autopilot' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Reveals New Details Of Mars, Young And Old'
October 16, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

During its first week of observations from low orbit, NASA's newest Mars spacecraft is already revealing new clues about both recent and ancient environments on the red planet.
read the article 'NASA Orbiter Reveals New Details Of Mars, Young And Old' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA'S Mars Rover and Orbiter Team Examines Victoria Crater'
October 6, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's long-lived robotic rover Opportunity is beginning to explore layered rocks in cliffs ringing the massive Victoria crater on Mars.
read the article 'NASA'S Mars Rover and Orbiter Team Examines Victoria Crater' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's New Mars Camera Gives Dramatic View of Planet'
September 29, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mars is ready for its close-up. The highest-resolution camera ever to orbit Mars is returning low-altitude images to Earth from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
read the article 'NASA's New Mars Camera Gives Dramatic View of Planet' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rover Arrives at Dramatic Vista on Red Planet'
September 27, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity has arrived at the rim of a crater approximately five times wider than a previous stadium-sized one it studied for half a year.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Spacecraft Gear Up for Extra Work'
September 25, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars robotic missions are performing so well, they are being prepared for additional overtime work. The team operating the twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, since January 2004, won approval for an additional year of exploration.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Opportunity Takes First Peek Into Victoria Crater'
September 19, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

On Monday, NASA's Mars rover Opportunity got to within about 160 feet of the rim of the half-mile-wide Victoria Crater, the rover's destination since late 2004.
read the article 'NASA Rover Opportunity Takes First Peek Into Victoria Crater' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Ground-Piercing Radar on NASA Mars Orbiter Ready for Work'
September 19, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has extended the long-armed antenna of its radar, preparing the instrument to begin probing for underground layers of Mars.
read the article 'Ground-Piercing Radar on NASA Mars Orbiter Ready for Work' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reaches Planned Flight Path'
September 12, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has completed the challenging half-year task of shaping its orbit to the nearly circular, low-altitude pattern from which it will scrutinize the planet.
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Reaches Planned Flight Path' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Rover Nears Martian Bowl Goal'
September 6, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is closing in on what may be the grandest overlook and richest science trove of its long mission.
read the article 'NASA Rover Nears Martian Bowl Goal' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Nears End of Aerobraking'
August 25, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun the final and fastest-paced portion of its "aerobraking" process of using friction with the top of Mars' atmosphere to shrink the spacecraft's orbit.
read the article 'Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Nears End of Aerobraking' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Findings Suggest Jets Bursting From Martian Ice Cap'
August 16, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Every spring brings violent eruptions to the south polar ice cap of Mars, according to researchers interpreting new observations by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
read the article 'NASA Findings Suggest Jets Bursting From Martian Ice Cap' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Winter Solstice on Mars: Rovers Look Forward to A Second Martian Spring'
August 7, 2006

August 8, 2006 is winter solstice on Mars, the shortest day of the Martian year. Having survived the heart of winter, more sunlight...and power!...will slowly be returning to the rovers.
read the article 'Winter Solstice on Mars: Rovers Look Forward to A Second Martian Spring' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Marks 30th Anniversary of Mars Viking Mission'
July 14, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Thirty years after the first successful landing on Mars by NASA's Viking spacecraft, the ambitious mission continues to evoke pride and enthusiasm for future space exploration.
read the article 'NASA's Marks 30th Anniversary of Mars Viking Mission' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Tests Artificial Intelligence Control for Mars Drill'
July 12, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Reporters are invited to observe a NASA Mars prototype drill, controlled by artificial intelligence, bore into a crater in the Canadian arctic. This is the first time artificial intelligence will have completely controlled a drill rig.
read the article 'NASA Tests Artificial Intelligence Control for Mars Drill' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Pace Quickens for NASA Spacecraft Orbiting Mars'
June 19, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has already cut the size and duration of each orbit by more than half, just 11 weeks into a 23-week process of shrinking its orbit. By other indicators, the lion's share of the job lies ahead.
read the article 'Pace Quickens for NASA Spacecraft Orbiting Mars' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Announces Mars Science Lab Mission Launch Contract'
June 2, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida has selected Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services Inc. to deliver an Atlas V rocket for the Mars Science Laboratory mission to carry a large rover to the red planet in the fall of 2009. The six-wheeled rover will explore Mars for two years, examining sites to identify where the building blocks for life may exist.
read the article 'NASA Announces Mars Science Lab Mission Launch Contract' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Internet Software Shows Planets in 3-D Color'
May 15, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA recently updated its World Wind computer program that enables Internet users to explore not only the Earth and the moon, but now permits Web surfers virtually to fly through huge Mars canyons and visit Venus and Jupiter in 3-D color.
read the article 'NASA Internet Software Shows Planets in 3-D Color' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Cameras Debut As NASA Craft Adjusts Orbit'
April 13, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Researchers today released the first Mars images from two of the three science cameras on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
read the article 'Mars Cameras Debut As NASA Craft Adjusts Orbit' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA Mars Rovers Head for New Sites After Studying Layers'
April 12, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rover Spirit has reached a safe site for the Martian winter, while its twin, Opportunity, is making fast progress toward a destination of its own.
read the article 'NASA Mars Rovers Head for New Sites After Studying Layers' Read More
Spotlight
read the article '2001 Mars Odyssey Turns 5'
April 7, 2006

NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey celebrates five years of exploration, returning spectacular images of features rarely seen on Earth and paving the way for future missions.
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Spotlight
read the article 'Spirit Struggles to Survive the Martian Winter'
April 4, 2006

More than two years after landing on Mars, Spirit can only drive on five wheels.
read the article 'Spirit Struggles to Survive the Martian Winter' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Craft Begins Adjusting Orbit'
March 31, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter yesterday began a crucial six-month campaign to gradually shrink its orbit into the best geometry for the mission's science work.
read the article 'NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Craft Begins Adjusting Orbit' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'NASA's New Mars Orbiter Returns Test Images'
March 24, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The first test images of Mars from NASA's newest spacecraft provide a tantalizing preview of what the orbiter will reveal when its main science mission begins next fall.
read the article 'NASA's New Mars Orbiter Returns Test Images' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Baby Boomers on Mars'
March 20, 2006

Robotic baby boomers set expectations for next-generation explorers.
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Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rovers Get New Manager during Challenging Period'
March 17, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's long-lived Mars rovers demand lots of care as they age and the Martian winter approaches. Dr. John Callas, newly named project manager for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, is coordinating the work to meet these challenges.
read the article 'Mars Rovers Get New Manager during Challenging Period' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Robotic NASA Craft Begins Orbiting Mars for Most-Detailed Exam'
March 10, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

With a crucially timed firing of its main engines today, NASA's new mission to Mars successfully put itself into orbit around the red planet. The spacecraft, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, will provide more science data than all previous Mars missions combined.
read the article 'Robotic NASA Craft Begins Orbiting Mars for Most-Detailed Exam' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Fast-Talking NASA Spacecraft Starts Final Approach to Mars'
March 8, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has begun its final approach to the red planet after activating a sequence of commands designed to get the spacecraft successfully into orbit.
read the article 'Fast-Talking NASA Spacecraft Starts Final Approach to Mars' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'An Engineer's First Trip to Mars'
March 7, 2006

Tracy Drain ticks off the complex chain of mission planning and software programming required for NASA's latest Mars orbiter to reach its destination.
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Spotlight
read the article 'An Engineer's First Trip to Mars'
March 7, 2006

Tracy Drain ticks off the complex chain of mission planning and software programming required for NASA's latest Mars orbiter to reach its destination.
read the article 'An Engineer's First Trip to Mars' Read More
Spotlight
read the article 'Spirit Discovers
March 2, 2006

After reaching the top of "Husband Hill," NASA's Mars rover finds that sizing up the terrain depends on the point of view.
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Press Release
read the article 'NASA's Next Leap in Mars Exploration Nears Arrival'
February 24, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

As it nears Mars on March 10, a NASA spacecraft designed to examine the red planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit will point its main thrusters forward, then fire them to slow itself enough for Mars' gravity to grab it into orbit.
read the article 'NASA's Next Leap in Mars Exploration Nears Arrival' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Students Learn about Mysteries of Mars at NASA Ames'
January 24, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA will host thousands of local students to learn about the latest from Mars as part of the 2006 JASON Expedition, "Mysteries of Earth and Mars."
read the article 'Students Learn about Mysteries of Mars at NASA Ames' Read More
Press Release
read the article 'Mars Rovers Advance Understanding of the Red Planet'
January 24, 2006
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA's Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have been working overtime to help scientists better understand ancient environmental conditions on the red planet. The rovers are also generating excitement about the exploration of Mars outlined in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration.
read the article 'Mars Rovers Advance Understanding of the Red Planet' Read More

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