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Steve Ruff, associate research professor at Arizona State University’s School of Earth & Space Exploration, says the discovery of what appears to be briny water on the surface of Mars will advance knowledge of the Red Planet.

This week’s landmark announcement that the surface of Mars has liquid water links back to a University of Arizona laboratory where students and faculty monitor images from an orbiting camera. Read more»

An artist’s rendering shows the Odyssey spacecraft orbiting Mars. Among its equipment is a camera designed and monitored by Arizona State University.

From the Viking landers in the 1970s to the most recent Curiosity rover, machines have acted as scientists’ eyes on Mars. And in 2016, NASA will send another lander, called InSight, that will study the red planet’s interior and seek answers about the formation of rocky planets. Read more»

A new geologic map of the ancient Martian highlands produced by researchers at the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute provides new insights into the history of water modifying that planet’s surface — and shows water-related activity may still be active today. Read more»

As part of the Curiosity rover mission, Jack Farmer, an Arizona State University professor of geological sciences, is tasked with looking for carbon compounds and other building blocks suggesting that life once existed on Mars.

When the Curiosity Rover collects soil from the surface of Mars, data from the samples will come to an Arizona State University laboratory to be compared with the composition of soil on Earth. Read more»

Interviews with former Tucson Mayor George Miller on why he believes the proposed city budget is a big mistake. Also, Keith Rosenblum, Buckmaster Mexico contributor, talks about Americans traveling in Sonora. Next, state Rep. Andrea Dalessandro of Sahuarita has the latest from the state Capitol, and, Dr. Mark V. Sykes, head of Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute, talks about the challenges of a trip to Mars. Read more»

The Mars panorama released by NASA that combines 817 images taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity

NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity has broken the U.S. record for distance driven on another planet Read more» 1

Researchers believe that this image of the surface of Mars shows evidence of seasonal flows of briny water on the planet.

Arizona researchers announced “the best evidence to date of liquid water on Mars,” saying photos from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggest more than 1,000 dark flows of briny water near the Martian equator. Read more»

This view of one of the Mars Phoenix Lander's solar panels is a composite of multiple exposures taken by the spacecraft's Surface Stereo Imager camera.

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander mission is officially over, thanks to sharp pictures from a Mars-orbiting camera that appear to show the collapse of the lander's solar panels due to an expected coating of heavy winter frost. Read more»

President Obama tours Space Exploration Technologies' commercial rocket processing facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida with CEO Elon Musk on April 15. Obama also visited the NASA Kennedy Space Center to talk about NASA's future.

The Obama administration’s new direction for NASA's human spaceflight program should be a modest benefit to Tucson’s aerospace community in the short term, but could be a major boost should its admittedly vague long-term goals pan out. Read more» 1