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InSight Lander Arrives on Mars

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.

A landing site is selected for our next Mars rover, our InSight mission is in the home stretch of its journey to the Red Planet, and a week of celebration on the space station ... a few of the stories to tell you about - This Week at NASA.

Phobos Got Its Grooves from Rolling Stones

A new study bolsters the idea that strange grooves crisscrossing the surface of the Martian moon Phobos were made by rolling boulders blasted free from an ancient asteroid impact.

NASA has chosen Jezero Crater as the landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission after a five year search, during which every available detail of more than 60 candidate locations on the Red Planet was scrutinized and debated by the mission team and the planetary science community.

The Sound Of A Sunrise On Mars

Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a two-minute piece of music.

The northeastern rim region of Hellas impact basin, located in the southern hemisphere of Mars, contained numerous ephemeral lakes throughout Mars's history, a new study reveals.

Listening For Opportunity Will Continue

After a review of the progress of the listening campaign, NASA will continue its current strategy for attempting to make contact with the Opportunity rover for the foreseeable future.

A new investigative technique has shown the latitudinal distribution of ice-rich landforms on Mars.

There is no shortage of eyeballs, human and robotic, pointed at Mars. Scientists are constantly exploring the Red Planet from telescopes on Earth, plus the six spacecraft circling the planet from its orbit, and two roving its surface.

NASA still hasn't heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.

Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water.

Astronauts on a mission to Mars would be exposed to at least 60% of the total radiation dose limit recommended for their career during the journey itself to and from the Red Planet

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge.

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

Where Martian Dust Comes From

The dust that coats much of the surface of Mars originates largely from a single thousand-kilometer-long geological formation near the Red Planet's equator, scientists have found.

Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories.

Evidence for the Red Planet's watery past is prevalent across its surface in the form of vast dried-out river valley networks and gigantic outflow channels clearly imaged by orbiting spacecraft.

In June, one of these dust events rapidly engulfed the planet. Scientists first observed a smaller-scale dust storm on May 30. By June 20, it had gone global.

The high resolution stereo camera on board ESA's Mars Express captured this impressive upwelling front of dust clouds - visible in the right half of the frame - near the north polar ice cap of Mars in April this year.

Worst dust storm in the history of human observation of Mars presents an unprecedented opportunity to study the critical weather pattern.

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