Satellite, rover

Exploring Mars

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The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is directly involved in all current and planned National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) missions to Mars. This involvement includes developing and testing several future instruments, operating active spacecraft, conducting science research, and archiving historical data. In 2015, the primary activity focused on the Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover and the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.