Mars

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Liquid water at and beneath frozen Alaskan sand dunes during Arctic winter suggests that liquid water could also be temporarily stable at frost-covered sand dunes on Mars.
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  • NASA's MAVEN mission to Mars will carry a sensitive magnetic-field instrument that will help reveal new information about the evolution of Mars' atmosphere.
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  • Curiosity's ChemCam has identified what might be chemical similarities on the surface of very different martian rocks. Could the chemical signatures be attributed to dust that settled on the rocks... or might it be something else?
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  • Billions of years ago, the site on Mars where Curiosity analyzed its first rock sample had the conditions necessary to support life on Mars. John Grotzinger, project scientist for the mission, spoke with Astrobiology Magazine about the mission and the new results.
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  • Scientists have used date from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the surface of the red planet.
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