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Posts

  • Visioning Spacesteads (8/8/2018) - Space, the final frontier… Humans have been imagining what it would be like to setup homesteads and live in space for about as long as they’ve been imagining how to get there, but the process didn’t really take off until after we actually got there. Back in the 1970’s NASA dedicated some resources to the … Continue reading Visioning Spacesteads
  • Octopuses from Space! (5/20/2018) - Did you hear the one about the octopuses from space? It sounds like the title of a cheesy sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? But it isn’t, this time, or at least, yet. Instead, it’s actually an oddball theory that’s been put forth in a recently published “scientific” article that’s getting quite a lot of buzz in … Continue reading Octopuses from Space!
  • Mars is hard! (11/25/2018) - Update 8:30 PM November 26, 2018 (EST) Touchdown! Mars InSight lander reaches red planet (Alexandra Witze, Nature) NASA’s InSight Mission Triumphantly Touches Down on Mars (Ian O’Neill, Scientific American) InSight has landed with Updates (Emily Lakdawalla, Planetary Society) Landing Replay (SciNews) Original Post If you hear a phrase like “six and a half minutes of … Continue reading Mars is hard!
  • Mars 3D (11/16/2016) - Mars is getting even more attention than usual this week, and that is “mostly” because National Geographic began airing their special six part Mars series on Monday nights (9/8c). Here’s a trailer and links about it… Virtual Trip to Mars Offers Ultimate Preview to Crewed Mission (Nadia Drake, National Geographic) Inside Nat Geo’s Incredible Documentary … Continue reading Mars 3D
  • Get Lost in Space! (9/14/2018) - Way back in August, in anticipation of the start of a new school year, I set out to update the pages on this site related to space. Those pages tend to be popular among the teachers and students who use Cosma, and I happen to enjoy updating them, too. It sounded like a short, fun … Continue reading Get Lost in Space!
  • ExoMars (10/19/2016) - Oct. 21 Update: Unfortunately, the ExoMars mission’s Schiaparelli lander did not make a successful landing due to technical difficulties, and the crash site has been found. Happily, the mother ship did successfully enter orbit. Why Schiaparelli Probe’s Mars ‘Crash Land’ Is No Failure (Mason Peck, Newsweek) Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter views Schiaparelli landing site (ESA) Here’s … Continue reading ExoMars

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Portal

Mars Exploration Program (NASA)
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Mars Society Education Forum (The Mars Society)
Explore Mars (Arizona State Mars Space Flight Facility)
Mars Portal (Wikipedia)

Dictionary

Mars : (1) the Roman god of war (2) the planet fourth in order from the sun and conspicuous for its red color — Webster See also OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary, Urban Dictionary

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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. Named after the Roman god of war, Mars, it is often described as the “Red Planet” as the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the volcanoes, valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth. The rotational period and seasonal cycles of Mars are likewise similar to those of Earth, as is the tilt that produces the seasons. Mars is the site of Olympus Mons, the highest known mountain within the Solar System, and of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon. — Wikipedia

Mars (Eric Weisstein’s World of Astronomy, Wolfram Research)
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An Introduction to Mars (Mars Center for Planetary Science)

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The Tissint Martian meteorite as evidence for the largest impact excavation (Ioannis P. Baziotis, Et al., Nature)
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Latest News - NASA's Mars Exploration Program Get up-to-the-minute news on Mars missions.

  • NASA's Perseverance Rover Is Midway to Mars
    on October 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Sometimes half measures can be a good thing – especially on a journey this long. The agency's latest rover only has about 146 million miles left to reach its destination.

  • Sensors on Mars 2020 Spacecraft Answer...
    on October 22, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Instruments tailored to collect data during the descent of NASA's next rover through the Red Planet's atmosphere have been checked in flight.

  • NASA's Perseverance Rover Bringing 3D-Printed...
    on October 19, 2020 at 12:00 am

    For hobbyists and makers, 3D printing expands creative possibilities; for specialized engineers, it's also key to next-generation spacecraft design.

  • NASA InSight's 'Mole' Is Out of Sight
    on October 16, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Now that the heat probe is just below the Martian surface, InSight's arm will scoop some additional soil on top to help it keep digging so it can take Mars' temperature.

  • NASA's Perseverance Rover Will Peer Beneath Mars'...
    on October 8, 2020 at 12:00 am

    The agency's newest rover will use the first ground-penetrating radar instrument on the Martian surface to help search for signs of past microbial life.


Mars News -- ScienceDaily Planet Mars News. Read astronomy articles on how Mars could have once supported life, the Mars Rover and more. See images and read full-text articles on Mars exploration.

  • Water on ancient Mars
    on October 30, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    A meteorite that originated on Mars billions of years ago reveals details of ancient impact events on the red planet. Certain minerals from the Martian crust in the meteorite are oxidized, suggesting the presence of water during the impact that created the meteorite. The finding helps to fill some gaps in knowledge about the role of water in planet formation.

  • Geologists simulate soil conditions to help grow...
    on October 27, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Humankind's next giant step may be onto Mars. But before those missions can begin, scientists need to make scores of breakthrough advances, including learning how to grow crops on the red planet.

  • Device could help detect signs of...
    on September 16, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Although Earth is uniquely situated in the solar system to support creatures that call it home, different forms of life could have once existed, or might still exist, on other planets. But finding traces of past or current lifeforms on other worlds is challenging. Now, researchers have developed a fully automated microchip electrophoresis analyzer that, when incorporated into a planetary rover, could someday detect organic biosignatures in extraterrestrial soil.

  • Study shows difficulty in finding evidence of...
    on September 15, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    While scientists are eager to study the red planet's soils for signs of life, researchers must ponder a considerable new challenge: Acidic fluids - which once flowed on the Martian surface - may have destroyed biological evidence hidden within Mars' iron-rich clays, according to researchers.

  • Sustained planetwide storms may have filled...
    on August 19, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    A new study is helping scientists piece together the ancient climate of Mars by revealing how much rainfall and snowmelt filled its lake beds and river valleys 3.5 billion to 4 billion years ago.


Phys.org - latest science and technology news stories Phys.org internet news portal provides the latest news on science including: Physics, Nanotechnology, Life Sciences, Space Science, Earth Science, Environment, Health and Medicine.

  • An ancient crater triplet on Mars
    on October 30, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Mars is covered in intriguing scars—some of the most prominent being impact craters. A particularly unusual example is shown in this new image from ESA's Mars Express: an ancient triplet comprising not one but three overlapping craters.

  • An Earth-sized rogue planet discovered in the...
    on October 29, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Our galaxy may be teeming with rogue planets, gravitationally unbound to any star. An international team of scientists, led by Polish astronomers, has announced the discovery of the smallest Earth-sized free-floating planet found to date.

  • NASA's Perseverance rover is midway to Mars
    on October 27, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission has logged a lot of flight miles since being lofted skyward on July 30—146.3 million miles (235.4 million kilometers) to be exact. Turns out that is exactly the same distance it has to go before the spacecraft hits the Red Planet's atmosphere like a 11,900 mph (19,000 kph) freight train on Feb. 18, 2021.

  • Geologists simulate soil conditions to help grow...
    on October 27, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    Humankind's next giant step may be onto Mars. But before those missions can begin, scientists need to make scores of breakthrough advances, including learning how to grow crops on the red planet.

  • Study offers more complete view of massive...
    on October 26, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    A new study authored by Southwest Research Institute planetary scientist Dr. Tracy Becker discusses several new views of the asteroid 16 Psyche, including the first ultraviolet observations. The study, which was published today in The Planetary Science Journal and presented at the virtual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences, paints a clearer view of the asteroid than was previously available.

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