Geology Award Going to Mars Landing Site Expert at JPL

A prestigious geology award will be presented in early November to a leader in selecting landing sites on Mars: Matt Golombek of JPL.

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Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'

Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'

This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Solar System Missions

Cassini-Huygens to Saturn
Studying Saturn and its rings and moons.
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Dawn, the first spacecraft ever planned to orbit two different bodies after leaving Earth, will orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest asteroids in the solar system.
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The Epoxi mission recycles the already "in flight" Deep Impact spacecraft to investigate two distinct celestial targets of opportunity.
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The Juno spacecraft, currently making its way to Jupiter, will for the first time peer below Jupiter's dense cover of clouds to answer questions about the gas giant and the origins of our solar system.
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Mars Exploration Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity have been exploring Mars since January 2004. Clues found in some rocks indicate liquid water once covered the ground.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This orbiter has the most powerful telescopic camera ever to another planet, plus five other scientific instruments.
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Mars Science Laboratory
(MSL) spacecraft -- which includes the newest Red Planet rover, the car-sized Curiosity.
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Mars Odyssey
This orbiter studies Mars' surface composition and radiation environment and has instruments to detect water and shallow buried ice.
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Microwave Instrument on Rosetta Orbiter
This JPL instrument will study gases given off by a comet as the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft orbits the comet. Rendezvous with the comet is scheduled for 2014.
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Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
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The Ares 3 Landing Site: Where Science Fact Meets Fiction NASA Orbiter Views Sites of Fiction Film's Mars Landings

Images from a NASA Mars orbiter's telescopic camera reveal details of regions on Mars that serve as the setting for the new Hollywood movie, "The Martian."

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Pathfinder1 JPL's Role in Making 'The Martian' a Reality

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory plays an important role in the novel and film "The Martian."

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Composite image looking toward the higher regions of Mount Sharp Curiosity's Drill Hole and Location are Picture Perfect

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover drilled its eighth hole on Mars this week.

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What's Up - October 2015 What's Up - October 2015

To celebrate the 100th episode of What's Up, here's our top ten favorite celestial targets you can view this month.

Circling Occator Crater on Ceres (Silent) Circling Occator Crater on Ceres (Silent)

Black and white and color animations made with new data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft highlight the topography of Occator crater on Ceres.

What's Up - September 2015 What's Up - September 2015

A total eclipse of the Harvest moon, plus planets and the late summer milky way.

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