Mars

  • Martian Chronicles VI: Good Problems
    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 V: Cutting Metal
    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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  • Interview with Bill Nye: The Sundial Guy
    Early next year, the first interplanetary sundials will be tested on the surface of Mars if all goes according to plan. The sundials, inspired by a flash from Bill Nye, the Science Guy, also will allow scientists to calibrate the pink color of the martian
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  • Martian Chronicles IV: T-minus Zero?
    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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  • New Mars Close-Ups Show Diverse Terrain
    The camera aboard the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft can reveal details the size of a large car from orbit. A new library of images released on September 30th, continues to fuel the mystery of accounting for erosion patterns with or without flowing water.
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  • Martian Chronicles III: Furious Pace
    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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  • Mission Loss: Martian Chronicles II
    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 I
    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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  • What Iron Can Tell Us about Mars
    To the Mars Exploration Rover mission, water, past or present, is the grail. One way to look for past water is to analyze soil and rock surfaces for evidence of iron-containing minerals (or compounds), which differ depending on whether the environment in the past was
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  • Finding Martian Fossils
    Mars was cold - very cold, says Chris McKay, a planetary scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center. But that doesn't mean it was incapable of supporting life. McKay has extensively studied life in some of the harshest environments in the world: the Antarctic dry
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  • Chomping on Nano-Nuggets
    Eight years ago, nanometer-sized features resembling bacteria were discovered in the Martian meteorite ALH84001. Although some scientists think nanometer-sized life can't exist, others contend that nanobacteria are the new frontier in life science.
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  • Life Could Cope on Cold Mars
    Early Mars was cold - very cold, says Chris McKay, a planetary scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center. But that doesn't mean it was incapable of supporting life. McKay has extensively studied life in some of the harshest environments in the world: the Antarctic
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  • Enigmatic Martian Gullies
    One of the intriguing surface features on Mars is the carved drainage ditches or gullies. These regions show some of the best evidence of a fluid past on an otherwise dry and cold planet. Finding gullies is still a relatively difficult task, given that a
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  • Surveying the Scene – Martian Style
    After the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, land in January 2004, they'll take their first look around, literally, with their Pancam imaging system, a pair of cameras capable of panning 360-degrees around the rover's mast. Pancam will make the sharpest pictures yet of Mars'
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  • Mars: Appointed Rounds
    At the midway point in the journey of two martian rovers, their final landing sites will be nailed down officially. After that October decision, the unique aspects of weather on Mars will present their own version of wind, cold and long nights.
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