When robotic missions first began to land on the surface of Mars in the 1970s, they revealed a harsh, cold and desiccated landscape. This effectively put an end generations of speculation about “Martian canals” and the possibility of life on Mars. But as our efforts to explore the Red Planet have continued, scientists have found […]
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5 years after a heart throbbing Martian touchdown, Curiosity is climbing Vera Rubin Ridge in search of “aqueous minerals” and “clays” for clues to possible past life while capturing “truly breathtaking” vistas of humongous Mount Sharp – her primary destination – and the stark eroded rim of the Gale Crater landing zone from ever higher elevations, NASA scientists tell Universe Today in a new mission update.
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A new study from Brown University has offered a possible explanation for how surface water could have flown on Mars roughly 4 billion years ago.
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A new report by an international team of scientists has found evidence of hydrothermal activity in an ancient Mars sea, which could mean life once existed there
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After re-examining old data from the Mars Odyssey mission, a team of scientists has found evidence for the presence of subsurface water ice on Mars
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A new study by a team led by the Smithsonian Institution has cast doubt on there being subsurface ice on one of Mars most-explored regions, but could also help point the way to other deposits
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A new study by scientists from the University of Texas at Austin has showed how Mars has changed geologically over the past few billion years as a result of water-based erosion
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One of the most significant finds to come from our ongoing exploration and research efforts of Mars is the fact that the planet once had a warmer, wetter environment. Between 4.2 and 3.7 billion years ago, the planet had a thicker atmosphere and was able to maintain liquid water on its surface. As such, it […]
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Now well into her 13th year roving the Red Planet, NASA’s astoundingly resilient Opportunity rover has arrived at the precipice of “Perseverance Valley” – overlooking the upper end of an ancient fluid-carved valley on Mars “possibly water-cut” that flows down into the unimaginably vast eeriness of alien Endeavour crater.
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Images presented at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference this week showed the first indication of gravity waves around the Martian equator.
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