Mars 2020: the hunt for life on the red planet is about to get serious

The Perseverance rover onboard Mars 2020 is our best bet for finding life on the red planet.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Meteorites from Mars contain clues about the red planet's geology

Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.

Arya Udry, Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology, Planetary Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Farewell: Opportunity ends 15-year mission to Mars

Built to last 90 days, the Mars rover Opportunity finally ended its mission this week after 15 years. "It was an honorable end..."

Blaine Friedlander-Cornell • futurity
Feb. 14, 2019 ~5 min

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Years-old Mars rover gets a new trick

Six and a half years into its mission on the red planet, scientists are still finding new ways to use NASA's Curiosity rover.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Feb. 1, 2019 ~5 min

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