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  • This graphic depicts the Mars Climate Sounder instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter measuring the temperature of a cross section of the Martian atmosphere as the orbiter passes above the south polar region

    Mars Water-Ice Clouds Are Key to Odd Thermal Rhythm

    06.12.13 - Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found that temperatures in the Martian atmosphere regularly rise and fall not just once each day, but twice.

  • Several types of downhill flow features have been observed on Mars. This image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is an example of a type called 'linear gullies.'

    Marks on Martian Dunes May Be Tracks of Dry-Ice Sleds

    06.11.13 - NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide -- dry ice -- may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go.

  • 'Cumberland' target drilled by Curiosity

    NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Nears Turning Point

    06.05.13 - NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is approaching its biggest turning point since landing its rover, Curiosity, inside Mars' Gale Crater last summer.

  • Illustration showing the path of asteroid 2013LR6

    Small Asteroid Between Earth and Moon Tonight

    06.07.13 - Small asteroid 2013 LR6 will safely fly past this evening at 9:42 p.m. PDT (which is June 8 at 12:42 a.m. EDT/June 8 at 04:42 UTC) at a distance of about 65,000 miles (105,000 kilometers) above Earth’s surface.

  • Radar image of QE2

    Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

    06.06.13 - Scientists working with NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have released a second, longer, more refined movie clip of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon.

  • Opportunity's view of 'Solander Point'

    Mars Rover Opportunity Trekking Toward More Layers

    06.07.13 - Approaching its 10th anniversary of leaving Earth, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is on the move again, trekking to a new study area still many weeks away.

  • Artist's concept of the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity

    NASA to Host June 7 Mars Rover Opportunity Teleconference

    06.06.13 - NASA will hold a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on Friday, June 7, to provide an update about the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

  • Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

    NASA to Host June 5 Teleconference on Curiosity Mars Rover

    06.03.13 - NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT), Wednesday, June 5 to provide an update about the Mars Science Laboratory mission and activities of the Curiosity rover.

  • First radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2

    NASA Radar Reveals Asteroid Has Its Own Moon

    05.30.13 - A sequence of radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 was obtained on the evening of May 29, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles (6 million kilometers) from Earth, which is 15.6 lunar distances.

  • Cruise Vehicles (Artist Concept)

    Data from NASA Rover's Voyage to Mars Aids Planning

    05.30.13 - Measurements taken by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission as it delivered the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012 are providing NASA the information it needs to design systems to protect human explorers from radiation exposure on deep-space expeditions in the future.

  • Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View)

    Pebbly Rocks Testify to Old Streambed on Mars

    05.30.13 - A new report tells how rocks examined by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity reveal details of how deep and how fast water once flowed in an ancient Martian stream.

  • Orbital diagram of asteroid 1998 QE2

    NASA Hosts Asteroid Pass News and Social Media Events

    05.29.13 - NASA invites people to participate in online and televised events May 30 to 31 about the agency's asteroid initiative and the Earth flyby of asteroid 1998 QE2.

  • Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

    NASA to Discuss Mars Curiosity Radiation Findings

    05.28.13 - NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT) Thursday, May 30, to present new findings from the Mars Science Laboratory Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) aboard the rover Curiosity.

  • 'Cumberland' target drilled by Curiosity

    NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target

    05.20.13 - NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland."

  • View Back at Record-Setting Drive by Opportunity

    Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record

    05.16.13 - NASA's Mars rover Opportunity now holds the record for farthest driving by a NASA vehicle on a world away from Earth, passing a mark set by an Apollo astronaut-driven rover.

  • Rock target 'Esperance' altered by wet history (False Color)

    Mars Rover Opportunity Examines Clay Clues in Rock

    05.17.13 - NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is driving to a new study area after a dramatic finish to 20 months on "Cape York" with examination of a rock intensely altered by water.

  • Orbital diagram of asteroid 1998 QE2

    Asteroid 1998 QE2 to Sail Past Earth

    05.15.13 - Asteroid 1998 QE2 will get no closer than about 3.6 million miles at time of closest approach on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. Pacific (4:59 p.m. Eastern).

  • Curiosity rover's self portrait at 'John Klein' drilling site

    NASA Wins Prestigious Aerospace Industry Awards

    05.09.13 - Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards.

  • Fresh cluster of impact craters on Mars

    NASA Probe Counts Space Rock Impacts on Mars

    05.15.13 - Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet (3.9 meters) across.

  • Map shows the location of 'Cumberland'

    NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target on Mars

    05.09.13 - The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days.