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February 05, 2013
AAS Division For Planetary Sciences Issues Statement On Mars 2020 Program
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 01, 2013
The following statement from the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences was prepared in collaboration with the Planetary Society, the American Geophysical Union's Planetary Science Section, and the Geological Society of America's Planetary Geology Division "NASA recently announced a return to Mars in 2020 with a new rover derived from the MSL Curiosity design. Continued exploration of Mars is crucial to the scientific community and important for building upon our decades-l ... read more
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Ridges on Mars suggest ancient flowing water
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Changes on Mars Caused by Seasonal Thawing of CO2
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Thawing Dry Ice Drives Groovy Action On Mars
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Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Arm Camera at Night
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has for the first time used the camera on its arm to take photos at night, illuminated by white lights and ultraviolet lights on the instrument. Scientists used the ... more

Opportunity At Work At Whitewater Lake
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2013 to be bumper year for space science: ESA
European probes this year will return a treasure trove of data from explorations into the Big Bang, water on Mars and climate change, European Space Agency (ESA) chief Jean-Jacques Dordain said on Thursday. ... more

Possible Clues to Ancient Subsurface Biosphere on Mars
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NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year
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Opportunity Investigating Light-toned Veins in Rock Outcrop
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Martian Crater May Once Have Held Groundwater-Fed Lake
A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution. The new information comes from ... more

US scientists find evidence of ancient Martian lake
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NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock
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Mars image suggests ancient water flow
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