July 24th, 2004

Five Thousand Articles has just reached a significant milestone: our 5,000th article has been posted into the NewsWire Database, which contains 32 categories of Mars-related topics and contains articles as far back as 1977!
The NewsWire Database, which was founded in 1999 along with the website itself, places onto a level above other space news sites. No other online media source offers a free, searchable catalog of stories about Mars with this volume of information.
Thanks for visiting and we hope you will continue to enjoy all the news and background information that the site has to offer.
James Burk and Dustin Green Editors

March 12th, 2004

NewsWire Database Migration Complete

We have completed the migration of all 4,500 news article links from the old site to the new NewsWire Database. All links have been checked and all stories are categorized appropriately.

You can help us to maintain the database in two different ways. Use this form to suggest we add an article to the site, no matter how old; as long as it’s Mars-related we will add it! If you spot a broken link somewhere, please use this form to report it.’s NewsWire Database is now the most comprehensive public resource for news and information about Mars missions and topics. Utilizing the NewsWire Database as well as our Mission Overviews and Focus Pages, you can quickly learn about any Mars-related topic.

Other services such as Lexis-Nexus offer similar features, for a fee. is and will remain a free public resource, supported by our readers. If we can make improvements in any way, please contact us.

Thanks for continuing to visit This is YOUR website!

March 10th, 2004

More Articles Added to NewsWire Database

We have migrated another 1100 news articles into the NewsWire Database. We now have over 2100 stories in 24 different categories, such as Mars Pathfinder and TransHab inflatable structures. There are another 2300 stories we are checking for broken links. Once that’s done we will add them into the database to bring it up to around 4500-5000 total news articles, by far the largest public collection of news about Mars on this planet!

We have also made some improvements to the Event Calendar, and are continuing work on the Image of the Day feature, which will debut soon, in partnership with What on Mars.

Thanks for visiting!

March 5th, 2004

Welcome to the New

Five years ago on March 5th, 1999, was begun by James Burk and Dustin Green to provide the latest news and information about the planet Mars. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of, we are launching this redesigned website with lots of new information and special features.

I have written an Overview of the Redesign which describes in detail all of the new sections of the website. You may also be interested in reading about the History of

Around a thousand articles are present in the new NewsWire Database. In our efforts to eliminate all the broken links from the old system, we have not yet moved over the approximately 3,000 articles remaining. We will be working to do so over the next couple of weeks. But, as you may imagine, fixing all those links has proven to be a big job!

We also have not yet finished the “Image of the Day” feature, which we will use in partnership with What On Mars. It should be ready in a few days, and we will begin providing daily a selected image of interest.

Please explore the new site and contact us if you have any questions or comments. Also let us know if you spot any broken links or something that doesn’t appear to be working correctly.

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