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Can You Hear Me Now?
Topic: Mars
05/27/08
A glitch in the communications hardware of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has caused a delay in the Phoenix mission.
UPDATE: MRO received information from the Phoenix Mars Lander Tuesday evening and relayed the information to Earth.

MRO Snaps Phoenix
Topic: Mars
05/27/08
NASA has achieved a photographic first. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an image of Phoenix, hanging below its parachute, as the lander descended through the martian atmosphere.

Martian Touchdown
Topic: Mars
05/26/08
NASA´s Phoenix lander has touched down safely on Mars and sent back the first close-up pictures of the planet´s northern arctic plains. Over the next three months, it will look for evidence of liquid water in Mars´s recent past.

Iron-Coated Fossils
Topic: Mars
05/26/08
Fossilized microbes found in Spain´s Rio Tinto valley may guide the search for past life on Mars.

Building Life's Foundations
Topic: Mars
05/22/08
New research conducted by the MARTE project team has shown that microbes can make barren areas suitable for life. This could have important implications for the search for life on Mars and other planets.

Rendezvous with Mars
Topic: Mars
05/22/08
Phoenix, NASA´s latest mission to Mars, is a lander that will touch down in the planet´s northern polar region on May 25, 2008. It will search for evidence that liquid water, and a habitable environment for life, have been present there in the recent past. But first the spacecraft has to land safely.

Oceans Gasping for Breath
Topic: Climate
05/12/08
During the Jurassic, global warming and severe environmental change led to the extinction of many species. One of the most intriguing effects was that the oceans became starved of oxygen.

Testing Times for Robotic Explorers
Topic: Mars
05/08/08
A team of scientists have been investigating how signs of life on Mars can be spotted using instruments on robotic probes.

Is There Life on Mars? Ask a Magnet.
Topic: Mars
05/05/08
Magnetite, a type of iron oxide, is common on both Earth and Mars, and appears in many forms. On Earth, some of those forms are produced only by bacteria and have unique magnetic signatures. Soon Sam Kim has developed a means of detecting this biologically-produced magnetite help in the search for life on Mars.

Intelligence: A Rare Cosmic Commodity
Topic: Alien Life
04/14/08
A mathematical model taking into account the limited habitable lifespan of the Earth suggests that four evolutionary steps were required for intelligent life to evolve. If this applies to other worlds, intelligent life may be rare in the universe.
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