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2008-05-26 08:25:00

A NASA spacecraft today sent pictures showing itself in good condition after making the first successful landing in a polar region of Mars.

2008-05-13 17:07:05

This story was updated at 1:33 p.m.

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2008-02-28 13:20:00

Three Mars spacecraft are adjusting their orbits to be over the right place at the right time to listen to NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander as it enters the Martian atmosphere on May 25. The lander will use a robotic arm to put samples of soil and ice into laboratory instruments.

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2007-07-30 17:35:00

A three-legged NASA spacecraft with a long arm for digging trenches is going to the Martian north pole to study if the environment is favorable for primitive life. But before it can start its work, the Phoenix Mars Lander must first survive the landing.

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2006-10-21 00:00:00

Every day for the past decade, the U.S. has had a presence at Mars, using spacecraft to understand this extreme world and its potential as a past or present habitat for life. During that time, all spacecraft have become virtually incommunicado for about two weeks every two years.

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2006-09-25 20:10:00

NASA's Mars robotic missions are performing so well, they are being prepared for additional overtime work.

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2006-09-12 22:05:00

NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has completed the challenging half-year task of shaping its orbit to the nearly circular, low-altitude pattern from which it will scrutinize the planet.

2006-08-31 07:33:12

Nearly six months after it entered orbit, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has concluded its aerobraking phase. The spacecraft had been dipping in and out of the Red Planet’s atmosphere to adjust its orbit.

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2006-06-19 18:31:27

NASA's newest spacecraft at Mars has already cut the size and duration of each orbit by more than half, just 11 weeks into a 23-week process of shrinking its orbit. By other indicators, the lion's share of the job lies ahead.

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2006-03-31 17:19:04

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter yesterday began a crucial six-month campaign to gradually shrink its orbit into the best geometry for the mission's science work.


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