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Nine Finalists Chosen in Mars 2020 Rover Naming Contest

Nine finalists have been chosen in the essay contest for K-12 students across U.S. to name NASA's next Mars rover. Now you can help by voting for your favorite. Read More › Choose Your Favorite Name ›

NASA's Treasure Map for Water Ice on Mars

A new study identifies frozen water just below the Martian surface, where astronauts could easily dig it up. MORE

Global Storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers Into the Sky

A Mars Dust Tower Stands Out Dust storms are common on Mars. But every decade or so, something unpredictable happens: a series of runaway storms break out, covering the entire planet in a dusty haze. MORE

Sixty Thousand Loops Around Mars

The orbiting spacecraft is also about to set a record for data relayed from the Martian surface. MORE

HiRISE Spots Curiosity Rover at Mars' 'Woodland Bay'

A new image shows the view from space of NASA's Mars rover exploring the clay-bearing unit. MORE
Data Returned 371 Terabits
TIME IN ORBIT
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Artist's concept of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Mission Facts

Mission Status Currently Operating
Mars Orbit Insertion March 10, 2006
Launched August 12, 2005
Launch Site Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Mars As Art

Mars as Art

The Mars as Art exhibition showcases selected images returned by Mars spacecraft.

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