Foot-dragging Mars rover finds Yellowstone-like hot spring deposits

The Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometer (Mini-TES) instrument pointed scientists toward an ancient Martian hydrothermal system like those in Yellowstone National Park.

Heat-sensing camera helps Phoenix land safely on Mars

THEMIS helped scientists find a safe landing site for the Mars Phoenix spacecraft - and the instrument is also giving flight controllers essential data on the atmosphere to ensure a safe touchdown.

Salt deposits found in Martian highlands

Using THEMIS data, scientists have discovered numerous deposits of chloride minerals on Mars. These indicate abundant water in the distant past and suggest a new kind of mineralogy to search for life's ancient traces on the Red Planet.

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