Mars

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Introduction1

An Introduction to Mars (Mars Center for Planetary Science)

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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

Thesaurus

Roget’s II (Thesaurus.com), Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords

Encyclopedia

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)
Encyclopædia Britannica

Portal

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

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Innovation

Science

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Preservation

History

Museum

The Tissint Martian meteorite as evidence for the largest impact excavation (Ioannis P. Baziotis, Et al., Nature)
Tissint meteorite (Wikipedia)

Library

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

All About Mars (Space Place, NASA)
Mars (Cosmos4Kids)

Course

Crash Course Astronomy (YouTube)

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Organization

The Mars Society

News

NASA News About Mars, Science Daily, Phys.org, NPR Archives

Book

ISBNdb

Government

Mars Exploration (NASA)

Document

USA.gov

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Expression

Fun

Arts

Poem

OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form

Music

Song Lyrics

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More News …

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.

  • Brief presence of water in Arabia Terra on Mars
    on November 30, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Scientists recently discovered that water was once present in a region of Mars called Arabia Terra.

  • Mars seismic deployment lays groundwork for...
    on November 24, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    About 1000 days after the Mars InSight mission deployed SEIS, the first seismometer on the red planet, researchers are analyzing new seismic data and reporting on instrument responses, using these data to plan for future planetary seismographs.

  • Analysis of Mars’s wind-induced vibrations...
    on November 23, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    NASA's Mars mission InSight probes the geology of the Elysium Planitia, finding alternate layers of basalt and sediments. An international team of scientists compares on-the-ground data with data from models, which helps to understand, e.g., the surface's load-bearing capacity and trafficability.

  • Life on Mars search could be misled by false...
    on November 17, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Mars explorers searching for signs of ancient life could be fooled by fossil-like specimens created by chemical processes, research suggests.

  • Likely home of Martian meteorites pinpointed
    on November 4, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Researchers have pinpointed the likely origin of a group of meteorites ejected from Mars, using a machine learning algorithm that analyses high-resolution planetary images.


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  • Orbital harmony limits late arrival of water on...
    on November 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Seven Earth-sized planets orbit the star TRAPPIST-1 in near-perfect harmony, and U.S. and European researchers have used that harmony to determine how much physical abuse the planets could have withstood in their infancy.

  • NASA's Curiosity rover sends a picture postcard...
    on November 23, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    An artistic interpretation of Curiosity's view high up on a Martian mountain was created by mission team members who were stunned by the sweeping landscape.

  • Analysis of Mars's wind-induced vibrations sheds...
    on November 23, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Seismic data collected in Elysium Planitia, the second largest volcanic region on Mars, suggest the presence of a shallow sedimentary layer sandwiched between lava flows beneath the planet's surface. These findings were gained in the framework of NASA's InSight mission (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport), in which several international research partners, including the University of Cologne, collaborate. The paper 'The shallow structure of Mars at the […]

  • An absolutely bonkers plan to give Mars an...
    on November 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    Terraforming Mars is one of the great dreams of humanity. Mars has a lot going for it. Its day is about the same length as Earth's, it has plenty of frozen water just under its surface, and it likely could be given a reasonably breathable atmosphere in time. But one of the things it lacks is a strong magnetic field. So if we want to make Mars a second Earth, we'll have to give it an artificial one.

  • NASA seeks ideas for a nuclear reactor on the moon
    on November 19, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    If anyone has a good idea on how to put a nuclear fission power plant on the moon, the U.S. government wants to hear about it.

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