Mars

  • The Martian Heat Signature
    Mars is a rocky planet with an ancient volcanic past, but new findings show the planet is more complex and active than previously believed - at least in certain places.
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  • Mars in Pop Culture: Radio
    Historically, Mars was thought to be the most likely of the planets to harbor life. Popular culture in the form of literature, and then later radio and film, reflected such beliefs. This review examines Mars in the history of radio.
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  • Mars in Pop Culture: Literature
    Why is it that people tend to talk of "Martians," rather than, say, "Saturnians" or "Jovians," when the topic of extraterrestrial life is broached? Historically, Mars was thought to be the most likely of the planets to harbor life. Popular culture in the form of
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  • Mars in Pop Culture: Film
    The latest movie incarnation of H.G. Wells´s "The War of the Worlds" hit theaters on Wednesday, June 29. In Wells's story, Martians invaded the Earth -- only to be brought down by a virus. Mars was once thought to be the most likely
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  • Going Underground, from Martian Orbit
    MARSIS, the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding onboard ESA's Mars Express orbiter, is now fully deployed, has undergone its first checkout and is ready to start operations around the Red Planet.
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  • Lucky Spirit
    To say June has been a good month for the Mars Expedition Rover (MER) team is -- well, like saying getting to Mars is a bit of a hike. The mission has been, for the scientists and engineers who expected the rovers to explore the
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  • The Martian Hot Spots
    In their explorations of Mars, both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers found evidence that liquid water was once on the planet's surface. Joy Crisp, project scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, discussed the rovers' long journey and their surprising discoveries at a public lecture
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  • Roadside Assistance
    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission engineers and managers cheered when images from the Martian surface confirmed Opportunity successfully escaped from a sand trap.
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  • Opportunity’s Escape from Dune
    In their explorations of Mars, both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers found evidence that liquid water was once on the planet's surface. Joy Crisp, project scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, discussed the rovers' long journey and their surprising discoveries at a public lecture
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  • Opportunity Escapes Sandtrap
    The Opportunity rover has been stuck in a soft, shallow dune on Mars for weeks. Its extraction today was greeted with celebration by the science team. The sandtrap analogy echoes back to the 'hole-in-one' landing that improbably placed the rover into a crater rich with
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  • Phoenix Chances Rise for Descent
    NASA has given the green light to a project to put a long-armed lander onto the icy ground of the far-northern martian plains. NASA's Phoenix lander is designed to examine the site for potential habitats for water ice and to look for possible indicators of
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  • More Evidence for Martian Water
    Images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) aboard ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, show a large depression called Iani Chaos and the upper reaches of a large outflow channel called Ares Vallis. Ares Vallis is one of several big outflow channels on Mars in
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  • Spirit, the Problem Child
    In their explorations of Mars, both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers found evidence that liquid water was once on the planet's surface. Joy Crisp, project scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, discussed the rovers' long journey and their surprising discoveries at a public lecture
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  • Mars: Windows on the World
    In their explorations of Mars, both the Spirit and Opportunity rovers found evidence that liquid water was once on the planet's surface. Joy Crisp, project scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, discussed the rovers' long journey and their surprising discoveries at a public lecture
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  • The Bluster on Mars
    The tiny tornadoes, or dust devils, that scientists have observed from orbit have now been seen close up on the surface by the Spirit rover. The most recent series of images show that these tornadoes can appear suddenly with diameters in the hundreds of feet.
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