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Photos: The Search for Water on Mars

  • Color-Coded Clues to Composition Superimposed on Martian Seasonal-Flow Image

    Color-Coded Clues to Composition Superimposed on Martian Seasonal-Flow Image
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UA/JHU-APL
  • Dark Flows on Mars: NASA Images

    Dark, seasonal flows emanate from bedrock exposures at Palikir Crater on Mars in this image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Three arrows point to bright, smooth fans left behind by
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
  • Mars Rover Curiosity on Sol 85

    Mars Rover Curiosity on Sol 85
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
  • Science Target Jake_M

    Science Target Jake_M
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    CREDIT: Science/AAAS
  • Mars Rover Curiosity's CheMin Result

    Mars Rover Curiosity's CheMin Result
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    CREDIT: Science/AAAS
  • Mars Rock Target Rocknest

    Mars Rock Target Rocknest
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    CREDIT: Science/AAAS
  • Views of Rocknest Rock Target on Mars

    Views of Rocknest Rock Target on Mars
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    CREDIT: Science/AAAS
  • Microscopic View of Martian Soil Targets

    Microscopic View of Martian Soil Targets
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    CREDIT: Science/AAAS
  • McLaughlin Crater on Mars (3D View)

    McLaughlin Crater on Mars (3D View)
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    CREDIT: High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC)/Mars Express/Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin
  • Signs of Possible Water on Mars at Newton Crater

    Signs of possible water on Mars at Newton Crater
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
  • Oblique View of Newton Crater

    Oblique View of Newton Crater
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona]
  • Potential Water Ice and Salt Map of Mars

    Map of salt deposits on Mars, possible salt water.
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASU/UA/LANL/MSSS
  • Oblique View of Newton Crater with Synthetic Sky

    Oblique View of Newton Crater 2
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona]
  • Mystery Lines on Mars Crater Might Reveal Water

    Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) on the Central Structure of Horowitz Crater
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    CREDIT: Science/AAAS
  • Recurring Slope Lines on Horowitz Crater

    Recurring Slope Lines on Horowitz Crater
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    CREDIT: Science/AAAS
  • Impact Crater in Mars' Newton Basin

    Impact Crater in Mars' Newton Basin
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    CREDIT: Science/AAAS
  • Gully Gazing: Scientists Search for Flowing Water on Mars

    Gully Gazing: Scientists Search for Flowing Water on Mars
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
  • Mars Once Shuffled Its Icy Poles

    Mars Once Shuffled Its Icy Poles
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    CREDIT: ESA
  • Hidden Glaciers Are Common on Mars

    Hidden Glaciers Are Common on Mars
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI/University of Rome/Southwest Research Institute
  • McLaughlin Crater on Mars (Annotated)

    Annotated view of McLaughlin Crater on Mars
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
  • NASA Gives Frozen Mars Lander Last Chance to Phone Home

    NASA Gives Frozen Mars Lander Last Chance to Phone Home
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona
  • Mars Craters Tell Story of Water and Ice

    Mars Craters Tell Story of Water and Ice
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    CREDIT: NASA.
  • Giant Pool of Water Ice at Mars' South Pole

    Giant Pool of Water Ice at Mars' South Pole
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL/ASI/ESA/University of Rome/MOLA Science Team/USGS
  • Rivers Might Have Flowed Recently on Mars

    Rivers Might Have Flowed Recently on Mars
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL/GSFC/Malin Space Science Systems
  • Flashback: Water on Mars Announced 10 Years Ago

    Flashback: Water on Mars Announced 10 Years Ago
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    CREDIT: Science
  • Water Flowed on Mars More Recently Than Thought

    Water Flowed on Mars More Recently Than Thought
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL/MSSS
  • Young Mars Crater Contains Water Ice, Photo Shows

    Young Mars Crater Contains Water Ice, Photo Shows
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona [Full Story]
  • Oceans of Ancient Mars May Have Sprung From Slow Leaks

    Oceans of Ancient Mars May Have Sprung From Slow Leaks
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    CREDIT: G. Di Achille
  • Mystery Solved: Mars Had Large Oceans

    Mystery Solved: Mars Had Large Oceans
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    CREDIT: Taylor Perron/UC Berkeley
  • New Evidence Suggests Icebergs in Frigid Oceans on Ancient Mars

    New Evidence Suggests Icebergs in Frigid Oceans on Ancient Mars
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    CREDIT: HiRISE [Full Story]
  • New Map Bolsters Case for Ancient Ocean on Mars

    New Map Bolsters Case for Ancient Ocean on Mars
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    CREDIT: Wei Luo, Northern Illinois University
  • Hope for Water on Mars Dims with Sharp New Images

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    CREDIT: Science
  • Study Suggests It Rained on Ancient Mars

    Study Suggests It Rained on Ancient Mars
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    CREDIT: ESA/DLR (E. Hauber)
  • Signs of Underground Plumbing Seen on Mars

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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
  • Study: Mars Had Drizzle and Dew

    Study: Mars Had Drizzle and Dew
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    CREDIT: NASA
  • McLaughlin Crater on Mars by MRO Spacecraft

    View of layered rocks on the floor of McLaughlin Crater on Mars by the MRO spacecraft.
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    CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
This image combines a photograph of seasonal dark flows on a Martian slope with a grid of colors based on data collected by a mineral-mapping spectrometer observing the same area. Image released Feb. 10, 2014. [Read the Full Story Here]

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