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Mysterious dust cloud and aurora spotted around Mars.

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mysterious dust cloud and aurora spotted around Mars.

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft has observed two unexpected phenomena in the Martian atmosphere: an unexplained high-altitude dust cloud and aurora that reaches deep into the Martian atmosphere. The presence of the dust at orbital altitudes from about 93 miles (150 kilometers) to 190 miles (300 kilometers) above the surface was not […]

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Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean . . . from wet world to dead planet.

March 6, 2015 | By | Reply More
Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean . . . from wet world to dead planet.

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere. Scientists have been searching for answers to why this vast water supply left the surface. Details of the observations and computations appear in Thursday’s edition of Science […]

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NASA Rover discovers active Organics on Mars!

December 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
NASA Rover discovers active Organics on Mars!

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has measured a tenfold spike in methane, an organic chemical, in the atmosphere around it and detected other organic molecules in a rock-powder sample collected by the robotic laboratory’s drill. “This temporary increase in methane — sharply up and then back down — tells us there must be some relatively localized […]

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Mars (2010) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Mars (2010) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

When new life may or may not have been discovered by a robot probe on Mars, three very ordinary people are sent to Mars to confirm or deny the discovery of life. These are definitely not astronauts with the ‘Right Stuff’’. They might not even have any stuff at all. This is an animated film […]

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The Last Days on Mars (film review by Frank Ochieng).

December 7, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Last Days on Mars (film review by Frank Ochieng).

Filmmaker Ruairi Robinson’s derivative danger-in-space sci-fi thriller ‘The Days On Mars’ not only sports an uneventful movie title but lacks any distinctive pizzazz to its conventional proceedings. Tiredly patched together from countless space adventures and walking dead ditties that have graced our sights previously, ‘The Last Days On Mars’ feels rather contrived and cockeyed in its low-budgeted lunacy. […]

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NASA to Mars: Who (or ‘what’) is hiding the methane now?

September 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
NASA to Mars: Who (or ‘what’) is hiding the methane now?

Data from NASA’s Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and international scientists indicated positive detections. The roving laboratory performed extensive tests to search for traces of Martian methane. Whether the Martian atmosphere contains traces of the gas has been a […]

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Bad news for Mars colonists – expect to be nuked.

May 30, 2013 | By | Reply More
Bad news for Mars colonists – expect to be nuked.

Measurements taken by NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission as it delivered the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012 are providing NASA the information it needs to design systems to protect human explorers from radiation exposure on deep-space expeditions in the future. MSL’s Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) is the first instrument to measure the radiation […]

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Life on ancient Mars? Could be, says NASA, after amazing discovery.

March 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
Life on ancient Mars? Could be, says NASA, after amazing discovery.

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA’s Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon – some of the key chemical ingredients for life – in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale […]

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Flood channels of Mars.

March 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Flood channels of Mars.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.  The spacecraft took numerous images during the past few years that showed channels attributed to catastrophic flooding in the last 500 million years. Mars during this period had […]

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Life on Mars… citizen, it’s good!

March 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
Life on Mars… citizen, it’s good!

From the talented hand of Lukas Vojir comes this retro-propaganda look at living large on Mars. Sounds a little better than that tin can fly-be that private industry is putting forward for our first manned mission around Mars – well, dream big, work hard, and it’ll happen one day… either via NASA or private pioneers. […]

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