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New analysis of data sent back by the SPICAM spectrometer on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft has revealed for the first time that the planet's atmosphere is supersaturated with water vapor.
The Red Planet bleeds -- not blood, but its atmosphere, slowly trickling away to space.
Images from the recent flyby of Phobos, on March 7, 2010, have been released today.
The U.S. space agency has nudged the Mars Odyssey spacecraft's orbit, allowing it to look at the day side of Mars in mid-afternoon instead of late afternoon. NASA said the change, which took eight months to complete, increases the sensitivity for infrared mapping of Martian minerals.
ESAâ€™s Science Program Committee has extended the operations of ESAâ€™s Mars Express, Venus Express and Cluster missions until December 31, 2009.
Scientists and engineers are preparing ESAâ€™s Mars Express for a pair of close fly-bys of the Martian moon Phobos.
This summer, Mars suffered a titanic dust storm that engulfed the entire planet. The dust storm contributed to a temporary warming effect around Mars, which raised the temperature of the atmosphere by around 20-30Â°C.
On December 25, 2003, Europeâ€™s first Mars explorer arrived at the Red Planet. Almost four years later, Mars Express continues to rewrite the text books as its instruments send back a stream of images and other data. Today, the spacecraft reached another milestone in its remarkable career by completing 5000 orbits of Mars.
Observations of solar flares by spacecraft at Mars, Venus and the Earth show that eruptions on the far side of the Sun may affect our â€œspace weatherâ€ back on Earth.
Planetary scientists have discovered the highest clouds above any planetary surface. They found them above Mars using the SPICAM instrument on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft. The results are a new piece in the puzzle of how the Martian atmosphere works.