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  • Polar Lander Mission Overview

    1999April 6, 2011

    The latest Mars lander will look for water and study martian climate.

  • Mars Polar Lander nears touchdown

    1999April 6, 2011

    Polar Lander is scheduled to land shortly after noon Pacific time on Friday, December 3.

  • Phoenix Set to Land on Mars

    2008April 6, 2011

    NASA's Phoenix lander is getting ready to touch down on Mars and begin an unprecedented investigation of the Red Planet's arctic realm.

  • Phoenix Lands on Mars

    2008April 6, 2011

    NASA's Phoenix spacecraft landed in the northern polar region of Mars Sunday to begin three months of examining a site chosen for its likelihood of having frozen water within reach of the lander's robotic arm.

  • Women Drivers on Mars

    2008April 6, 2011

    To celebrate Women's History Month, an all-female team of scientists and engineers has taken control of Mars rover Spirit.

  • Avalanches on Mars

    2008April 6, 2011

    A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole.

  • Solar Wind Rips Up Martian Atmosphere

    2008April 6, 2011

    The solar wind appears to be ripping big chunks of air from the atmosphere of Mars. This could help solve a longstanding mystery about the Red Planet.

  • Mariner Meteor Mystery, Solved?

    2006April 6, 2011

    In 1967, NASA's Mariner 4 spacecraft was hit by a surprising flurry of meteoroids--a shower more intense than any Leonid meteor storm. Where did the meteoroids come from? It's been a mystery for 40 years.

  • Unmasking the Face on Mars

    2001Sept. 20, 2011

    New high-resolution images and 3D altimetry from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft reveal the Face on Mars for what it really is: a mesa.

  • The Lure of Hematite

    2001April 6, 2011

    On rusty-red Mars, a curious deposit of gray-colored hematite (a mineral cousin of common household rust) could hold the key to the mystery of elusive Martian water.