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NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Will Land in Jezero Crater

NASA has announced the landing location of its upcoming Mars 2020 rover: Jezero Crater. Read More >>

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Gorgeous Photo of Martian Landscape Is Just the Beginning for ExoMars Mission

The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has released the first images from its new orbit, taken on April 15 from 400 kilometres above the Martian surface. Here’s the uncropped composite image: Read More >>

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NASA and ESA Are Getting Serious About Bringing Martian Soil to Earth

Earlier today, officials with NASA and the European Space Agency signed a statement of intent to explore the various ways in which Martian soil samples can be collected and delivered back to Earth. Sounds great, but a complex project of this nature won’t be easy, as it would involve the first-ever rocket launch from the surface of the Red Planet and a rendezvous in space. Read More >>

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Europe’s Gas-Sniffing Spacecraft Set to Science the Shit Out of Mars

After a year of steadily slowing down, the ExoMars spacecraft has finally reached its target orbit around Mars. In about two weeks, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos orbiter will begin to scan the Martian atmosphere in search of trace gases, including those potentially linked to life. Read More >>

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Here Are Our First Exciting Glimpses of Mars From Europe’s New Orbiter

In case Schiaparelli’s crash-landing left you thinking the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission was a bust, rest assured it wasn’t. The mission’s scientific workhorse—its Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO)—is performing beautifully, as evidenced by the first images and splashes of data ESA has now received back from the Red Planet. Read More >>

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It Looks Like NASA Found ESA’s Crashed Mars Lander

On Wednesday, the European Space Agency attempted to land a probe on Mars, and things went badly. While the ExoMars mission team continues to piece together why its Schiaparelli lander lost contact with the Earth, NASA has now obtained photographic evidence of what appears to be a crash-landing. Read More >>

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Europe’s ExoMars Seems to Have Ballsed Up its Landing

The latest probe to search for Martian bacteria and poke around building sandcastles in the rocks seems to have failed in the very final seconds, with the planetside landing element of the ExoMars mission ceasing to respond as it neared the surface of Mars. Read More >>

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Relive the Magic of the Latest Rocket Launch to Mars in Three Glorious Minutes

Two weeks ago, the European Space Agency launched ExoMars, a major new mission that’ll hunt for signs of alien life on the Red Planet. Now, the ESA has kindly cut us a sick highlight reel set to some orchestral dubstep so that we can all spend our Friday reliving the magic of six tonnes of metal escaping Earth’s gravity well in a fiery inferno. Read More >>

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Asteroid Hunters Captured Astounding Images of ExoMars Blasting Away From Earth

If an asteroid were closing in on our planet, we’d know about it quickly thanks to a dedicated network of astronomers. But this week, the Near Earth Object Coordination Center (NEOCC) had its eyes fixed on something else: two Mars-bound spacecraft attempting to escape Earth’s gravity well. And they did a bang-up job capturing the event in real-time. Read More >>

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The ExoMars Launch Was a Resounding Success

After more than twelve hours of nail-biting anticipation, the European Space Agency’s ExoMars probe has finally phoned home, confirming that yesterday's launch was a complete success. The mission is now safely on its way to Mars. Read More >>

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Why Europe’s New Mission to Mars is Such a Big Deal

NASA gets all the glory when it comes to Martian exploration, but two other space agencies are now hoping to change that. Early next week, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos are launching the first phase of their joint ExoMars mission, a major new scientific effort with an badass goal: discovering signs of life on the Red Planet. Read More >>

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We Think These Martian Ordnance Survey Maps Accidentally Revealed the Site of an Upcoming Mars Landing

In 2018, a Martian rover will land on that planet’s surface to dig in the dirt for signs of past life — and some newly commissioned Martian roadmaps may have accidentally revealed more than intended about just where that site will be. Read More >>

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This Rover Isn’t on Mars

This looks like it could be the latest rover to land on the surface of Mars. But in fact it’s a test of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission happening right here on Earth. Read More >>