Mars

  • A new study indicates that the differences between martian meteorites and rocks examined by the Spirit rover on Mars could be explained if Mars had on oxygen-rich atmosphere 4 billion years ago. This would have been well before the rise of atmospheric oxygen on Earth.
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  • A new study shows that hunks of frozen carbon dioxide (or dry ice) could create marks on martian sand dunes by gliding down the slope on cushions of gas. The study could help interpret whether or not certain structures on Mars are formed by flowing
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  • Research that sheds light on how Australian opals formed indicates the red dirt in the land Down Under might be similar to the red surface of Mars.
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  • Astrobiologists have discovered high concentrations of boron in a martian meteorite. Boron may have played a key role in the formation of RNA, a molecule that could have played an important role in the origin of life.
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  • NASA's Curiosity rover has returned images of what may have been a riverbed on Mars. The observations reveal areas with gravel and pebbles. After studying the size and shape of the pebbles, a team of scientists has reported that the features are clear evidence of
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  • The Icebreaker Life mission to Mars, currently being developed, would drill down about 3 feet and scan the ice shavings for organic biomarkers — molecules that are too complex to be produced non-biologically and could be conclusive evidence of life.
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  • If NASA is to land humans on Mars by the 2030s, as President Barack Obama has directed, there's not much time to settle on a plan and develop the technologies required, agency officials said Monday, May 6. A report from the Humans 2 Mars conference
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  • Explore Mars and the George Washington University Space Policy Institute present the The Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit, 6-8 May 2013 at the Lisner Auditorium of the George Washington University in Washington, DC.
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  • A new study on Mt. Sharp, the landing site for NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, could have important implications for understanding the habitability of ancient Mars.
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  • New data from the Curiosity rover indicates that much of Mars' original atmosphere has been lost, but what remains is still quite active.
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