NASA has announced that it may have to cancel both the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the ongoing Opportunity mission due to budget shortfalls. Both projects could be vital to long-term colonization efforts on the Moon or Mars.
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed a mission milestone of 40,000 orbits on Feb. 7, 2015, in its ninth year of returning information about the atmosphere, surface and subsurface of Mars, from equatorial to polar latitudes.
Mars anomaly hunters have found a massive dome-shaped architectural structure in a photo taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The dome-shaped structure is strikingly similar to Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock. Could it beShow More Summary
Lost since 2003, the UK-led Beagle-2 Mars lander has finally been discovered on the Martian surface by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Analysis of the images revealed that the lander survived its Dec. 25, 2003 touchdown, partially deploying on the surface of the Red Planet. Show More Summary
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has rediscovered a "lost" British spacecraft that disappeared without a trace more than 11 years ago.
On Christmas Day 2003, a probe sent to Mars by Britain was lost as it landed. But now a spacecraft orbiting the red planet has captured the missing probe on camera.NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recently caught sight of the Beagle 2 probe, giving Earth the first news of the failed space robot in over a decade.Read full article >>
"A bright feature interpreted as the United Kingdom's Beagle 2 Lander with solar arrays at least partially deployed on the surface of Mars." [JPL] The UK-built Beagle 2 Mars Lander has been considered lost on Mars since 2003. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory today announced it has been found, in images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read the rest
Rumors are swirling that the British Beagle 2 lander — missing since Christmas Day in 2003 — has been spotted on the surface of the Red Planet by NASA's Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read more...
The red planet just took a hit. This image shows a new impact crater in Elysium Planitia, discovered by the HiRISE imager aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Read more...
After the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter began beaming back close-up images of the Red Planet, researchers spotted peculiar features along the slopes of dunes: long, sharply defined grooves (pictured) that seem to appear and disappear seasonally. Show More Summary
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just keeps delivering remarkable scenes from the Red Planet.
Interannual and seasonal changes in the north polar ice deposits of Mars: Observations from MY 29-31 using MARCIAuthors:Calvin et alAbstract:The MARCI camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter provides daily synoptic coverage that allows...Show More Summary
The technology used to map to Mars is advancing at a thrilling rate and uncovering all kinds of curiosities. The latest head-scratching image comes from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE). It reveals a series of mysterious sandy ridges. No one knows exactly how they got there. Read more...
NASA plans to extend seven of its ongoing planetary missions, a review panel announced yesterday. Two of the missions, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars rover Opportunity, were at risk of being shut down, b ut it was Mars rover Curiosity that drew the least-favorable reviews, and the harshest criticisms. Read more...
NASA has a case of Mars rock and roll... literally. The agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter currently orbiting the Red Planet has spotted the trail left behind after a tall boulder tumbled down a Martian slope. The Mars rock's misshapen prints are clearly visible in the spacecraft's view from orbit. Show More Summary
Repeated high-resolution observations made by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate the gullies on Mars' surface are primarily formed by the seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water. The first reports of formative...Show More Summary
How scientists are working with CRISM, an aging but still exceptional spectrometer on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, to find the rocks where Opportunity's work will tell the story of ancient water on Mars.
If life existed on Mars in the recent past, the best spot for it could have been on a giant volcano once encrusted with a glacier, according to a team of Brown University scientists using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter...
YouTube link A series of before-and-after images captured by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal the largest fresh-impact crater ever documented in our solar system. Researchers think the impact that made the crater happened in the spring of 2012, when it first appeared in NASA images taken of Mars. Show More Summary
Mars Express and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are keeping their eyes in the sky on Curiosity. There's a nice newly public color image of all of Gale Crater from HiRISE, and two new HiRISE images within the Curiosity landing site.