Mars

  • Guide to Mars: Interview with Bill Hartmann
    Bill Hartmann, scientist, painter and author, talks about what Mars may offer the three landings missions planned this winter. His insight comes from serving as co-investigator on the Mariner 9 mission that discovered the first evidence of erosion patterns that even as images have gotten
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  • Mars Encounter, Christmas
    Around Christmas, Europe's first Mars lander, Beagle 2, will encounter the large equatorial basin known as Isidis Planitia.
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  • Spirit and Opportunity On Course
    The problems initially detected on the Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, have been tested and will not affect the main science mission. The instrument in question, a Mössbauer spectrometer, is needed for determining rock compositions on Mars.
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  • NASA’s RATs Go Roving on Mars
    Instruments on the Athena Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, will measure the composition of Martian rocks, searching for evidence of past water. But how will they "see" the real rock beneath all the dust? The Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) comes to the rescue, cutting
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  • Martian Deltas
    New images from cameras orbiting Mars show strong evidence that ancient rivers were persistent, as meandering rock formations are linked to deltas and past flowing water--according to results published in Science.
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  • Space Invaders
    On the sixty-fifth anniversary of Orson Welles famous radio broadcast of H.G. Well's, 'War of the Worlds', astrobiologist David Grinspoon considers how best to protect our planet and others in the neighborhood.
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  • James Cameron III: Space, the Reality Show
    In the third installment of Astrobiology Magazine's interview with film-maker, James Cameron, his explorations take the conversation towards Mars, and why communicating imagination is as important as getting to an exotic location to shoot.
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  • The Olivine Martian Odyssey
    A recent report from US Geological Survey has found abundant olivine-around three percent-in Martian rocks surveyed from orbit. Because olivine reacts with water its abundance points to a dry surface for a significant part of its three-billion year geological history.
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  • Mars and Muddied Waters?
    Can Mars support liquid water? So fundamental a question was hoped to be resolved with high-resolution orbital images, but the debate on whether Mars was once wet and warm has a twist: liquid water may be trapped in the porous soil, even well below its
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  • Martian Chronicles XII: Flying SORTS
    The Martian Chronicles, a multipart series, show the inside story of what it is like to join in a four-year space mission, in preparation for the dramatic landing sequence.
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  • Martian Chronicles XI: Feeling Real
    The Martian Chronicles, a multipart series, show the inside story of what it is like to join in a four-year space mission, in preparation for the dramatic landing sequence planned for January 2004.
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  • Martian Chronicles X: On Our Way
    The Martian Chronicles, a multipart series, show the inside story of what it is like to join in a four-year space mission, in preparation for the dramatic landing sequence planned for January 2004.
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  • Martian Chronicles IX: Haywires
    The Martian Chronicles, a multipart series, show the inside story of what it is like to join in a four-year space mission, in preparation for the dramatic landing sequence planned for January 2004.
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  • Martian Chronicles VIII: Torture Tests
    The Martian Chronicles, a multipart series, show the inside story of what it is like to join in a four-year space mission, in preparation for the dramatic landing sequence planned for January 2004.
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  • Martian History: Written in Stone
    A key goal for the Mars Exploration Rovers is to find out what Mars rocks are made of. That's no simple matter, requiring several tools mounted on the Instrument Deployment Device. One, the Alpha-Particle-X-Ray Spectrometer, analyzes many of the chemical elements in a rock or
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