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Mars (Planet) -- Exploration

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Mars Polar Lander Nears Touchdown

Around 3pm EST today, the Mars Polar Lander is expected to cut through Mars's atmosphere, deploy a parachute, and fire twelve thrusters, slowing from over 15,000 mph to just 5 mph, and land on the edge of the planet's southern polar cap . The $165 million, three-foot tall, 600-pound craft is equipped with a robotic arm, microphone, oven, and cameras to search for water or ice just below the frozen...

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/1999/1203
Mars Global Surveyor

The Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft (discussed in the November 8, 1996 Scout Report) reached Mars orbit on September 11, 1997 in preparation for mapping the planet. This site is highlighted by real time updates, flight status reports, telemetry information, and an annotated QuickTime movie, as well as several images of Mars taken from MGS. After orbit insertion, a period of "aerobraking,"...

https://mars.nasa.gov/mgs/overview/
Mars Global Surveyor: Movies and Animations

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory currently provides over 40 movies and animations that depict the Mars Global Surveyor (discussed in the November 8, 1996 Scout Report) during the aerobraking phase of its flight. The MGS was launched in November 1996 to study the surface, atmosphere, and magnetic properties of Mars. Animations are available in QuickTime...

https://mars.nasa.gov/mgs/movpics/anim/anim.html
Mars Climate Orbiter Mishap Report

This Review Panel Report represents the work of a review team contracted by NASA to analyze its programs and practices. Released this week, the report discusses findings relating to the failure of the Mars Climate Orbiter on September 23, 1999. The report also summarizes lessons learned from the mishap, gives an overview of NASA project management, identifies common themes related to recent...

ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/pao/reports/2000/MCO_MIB_Report.pd...
Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) Image Gallery

On May 22, NASA announced the "single largest one-time release of images for any planet in the history of solar system exploration," adding over 20,000 images to its Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) Image Gallery. This huge collection is offered in three galleries, one for each of the cameras used: narrow angle, wide angle, and global images. Many of the images are of such high resolution that objects on...

http://www.msss.com/all_projects/mgs-mars-orbiter-camera.php
Memoirs of a Space Engineer

The homepage of this site, provided by the Australian Broadcasting Association, says, "In the early 1960s, the US began setting up deep-space tracking stations in Australia. Doug Rickard found himself tracking missions to Mars and the moon. Friendly scientific rivalry and those small but spectacular mistakes in space exploration made for a rich episode in Doug's life. These are stories from his...

https://www.abc.net.au/science/slab/memoirs/
Sedimentary Mars

"December 4, 2000 -- In what ultimately may be their most significant discovery yet, Mars scientists say high-resolution pictures showing layers of sedimentary rock paint a portrait of ancient Mars that long ago may have featured numerous lakes and shallow seas." This exciting news comes from a recent NASA news article detailing the latest finds from the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global...

https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap030815.html
Lost and Found: The Mars Lander

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency, a US Military organization that scrutinizes surveillance imagery, has discovered what might be the Mars Polar Lander (MPL) in an image of the Martian south pole from the NASA Mars Global Surveyor. NASA's MPL was due to land near the Martian south pole in December 1999,, but mission controllers lost contact with it during its descent. This news story from...

https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14725-mars-lander-obs...
Scientists Track Perfect Storm on Mars

The latest release from the Space Telescope Science Institute's site (last reviewed in the August 3, 2001 Scout Report) provides a unique look at a global dust storm on Mars using images from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Hubble Space Telescope. Offerings include photographs, illustrations, and animations of the dust storm as well as a press release, background information, fast facts, and...

https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/a...
The Space Place: Let's Go to Mars

NASA's Spaceplace Web site (last mentioned in the August 14, 1998 Scout Report) has several new activities including the Let's Go to Mars interactive game. Kids learn what astronauts would need to take on the nine month mission to the red planet by choosing various items and reading why each may be good or bad in space. After loading all of your items, the spacecraft launches and then gives a...

https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/mars_rocket.htm
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