Martian surface

NASA's Maven, short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

NASA launches robotic explorer to Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s newest robotic explorer, Maven, rocketed toward Mars on Monday on a quest to unravel the ancient mystery of the red planet’s radical climate change. The Maven spacecraft is due […]

11/18/2013

(AP Photo)

Astronauts face radiation threat on long Mars trip

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much cosmic radiation as they’d get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers reported […]

05/30/2013

(Photo credit: Carl Agee/ScienceMag.org)

Baseball-size Martian rock recovered in the Sahara

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A 2-billion-year-old rock that broke from Mars and landed in the Sahara desert is quite different from other Martian meteorites. Not only is it older than most, it also contains more water, a yearlong analysis found.

01/03/2013

Obama phones Mars team

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) – Hailing NASA’s “mind-boggling” Mars landing of the Curiosity rover, President Barack Obama urged the scientists operating the craft on Monday to phone home immediately if they find any extra-terrestrials. […]

08/13/2012

Timeline of major mission events during Curiosity's landing

  (NASA) – Curiosity’s EDL team release a timeline for mission milestones surrounding the landing of the Mars rover.

08/09/2012

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