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Europe's new antenna picks up a Mars pic

Europe's newest deep-space tracking station has received its first interplanetary message: a photo of a half-lit Mars as seen by an orbiting spacecraft.Full story

Image of frosty Mars mountains snapped

A European spacecraft orbiting Mars has snapped wintry-looking pictures of a mountain range on the Red Planet's southern highlands, where ridges and crater floors are dusted with carbon dioxide frost. Full story

New proof of water on early Mars

New evidence that water on Mars existed deep underground during the first billion years of the Red Planet's history has been found in rocks blasted out of Martian craters by ancient collisions, a new study finds. Full story

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The High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA?s Mars Express has returned images of Echus Chasma
The High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA?s Mars Express has returned images of Echus Chasma

The High-Resolution Stereo Camera on board ESA's Mars Express has returned images of Echus Chasma, one of the largest water source regions on the Red Planet. REUTERS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/G.Neukum/Handout

A half-lit Mars shines in this photo from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, taken on Dec. 15 and transmitted to the ESA's tracking station in Argentina on Dec. 18. The spacecraft was more than 6,000 miles away from Mars at the time. ESA

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Mars

A half-lit Mars shines in this photo from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, taken on Dec. 15 and transmitted to the ESA's tracking station in Argentina on Dec. 18. The spacecraft was more than 6,000 miles away from Mars at the time.

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Face on Mars

A perspective view from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter shows the "Face on Mars" in the Red Planet's Cydonia region.