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Mars Rover Curiosity Is Firing Its Laser

The Mars science lab (nicknamed curiosity) has a laser! It is not for self defence but for analysing rocks. It has fired nearly 500 shots so far and it has produced strong clear data about the Mars surface. When the laser fires it focuses the energy of 1 million lightbulbs onto an area that is [...]

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Plate Tectonics on Mars

When I did a course in Astrophysics the only place that plate tectonics existed was the earth. This it was said was one of the reasons life existed on Earth and if it was to exist elsewhere plate tectonics would be needed. A scientist has now found that plate tectonics exist on Mars. A tectonically [...]

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Something Is Happening before Curiosity Lands on Mars

Not long now and the new Mars science lab will hopefully be deposited on Mars. This will happen on August 5 but there is something else happening on the same day. Only a few hours before the Mars science lab spacecraft reaches the red planet Mars will form a “Martian triangle” With Saturn and Spica [...]

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New Most Positive Sign of Water yet Found on Mars

I don’t know how it does it but the Mars rover opportunity continues to send back results from Mars. This one could be very significant as opportunity has found slivers of a bright material that could be gypsum (calcium sulphate). If this is confirmed it will be the most unambiguous sign of water yet found [...]

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Mission to Mars about to Lift off Looking for Life

Look out for the Mars science laboratory launch on November 26, 2011. Curiosity, which is a Rover , will search for elements that are needed to support life which are mainly water and any carbon-based materials. This will give us a good indication of whether Mars was habitable or will be habitable in the future. [...]

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The Plan for the Search for Life on Mars

Scientists have been meeting to talk about the prospects of finding life on Mars. Questions still linger positively or negatively about whether life exists on Mars because the right instruments haven’t been available. The instruments needed are being developed now and  are being refined for future missions. The main challenge is to get them on [...]

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A New NASA project started to See if microbial life Could Exist on Mars

A new large million-dollar NASA project started by theUniversityofMichiganaims to find out if microbial life could exist on Mars. Recently flowing water has been seen on Mars as reported in this weirdwarp post. Beads of water were first photographed on the Mars Phoenix lander’s legs about three years ago. Water could mean life, not little [...]

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Opportunity Rover Pictures From the Edge of the Endeavour Crater on Mars

The Opportunity rover has reached the crater Endeavour and is now sitting near its edge, looking across at the bowl and hills around its rim. Images from the Rover are shown below. (Don’t forget to click on them to make them bigger).      

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Best Evidence yet for Flowing Water on Mars

Where there is water there should be life. NASA has been looking for water for a long time in its long quest searching for life in the solar system. It looks as though now the Mars reconnaissance orbiter has found flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. Dark, finger-like features appear and extend down [...]

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Fractures Found on Mars May Indicate Life

Deep fractures have been found around the giant Isidis impact basin on Mars. This area called NiliFossae is of interest to scientists because telescopes on Earth measured an increase in methane in Mars’s atmosphere over this area. This could mean life or it could be geological. Some of these incisions are up to 500 m [...]

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Mars Rover Opportunity Poses for a Quick Picture

Opportunity (NASA’s Mars exploration Rover) has been exploring a crater on Mars called Santa Maria and has nearly finished its three-month examination. The picture has been taken from orbit of opportunity posing  just on the edge. The pictures were taken by the high resolution imaging science experiment (HIRISE). The tracks from the west that opportunity [...]

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Mars Express Gives New Images & Video of Martian Moon Phobos

The European Space Agency has released close-up portraits of Mars’s moon Phobos, taken as the ESA Mars Express spacecraft flew within 60 miles of it. The images show a load of mysterious grooves etched into Phobos’ surface and resolve features as small as 17 yards across. The images show in detail the currently planned landing [...]

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China and Russia Will Go Ahead with a Mission to Explore Mars This Year

In October this year China is expected to launch its first Mars probe carrying Russia’s Phobos Explorer. It was expected to launch in 2010 but never made it and has been delayed for the last two years. Previous reports say that the orbiter’s main mission is to try and find out where the water, that [...]

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A Good Chance of Life on Mars

This is a good lecture on why there’s a 1 in 4 chance of life (in Penelope’ Bostons opinion anyway) under the surface on Mars.

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Preventing Contamination from Reaching Planetary Bodies and from Contaminating the Earth

We have been looking for alien life elsewhere in the universe for quite awhile now. Mars has been the main focus of attention and it looks like in the future Europa and Titan will also attract a lot of attention. But how do we know that what we have found is alien life and that [...]

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Viking’s Search For Life on Mars Leaves Echos

The first mission to Mars that was to make a successful landing consisted of Viking 1 and Viking 2. It was an exciting mission with the orbiter picking landing spots for the lander to make a landing. Both spacecraft launched in 1975. They both made a successful landing and have lasted for about six years [...]

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Habitable or Goldilocks zone

We live on an Earth that from day to day seems permanent and stable. We go to work, school and perhaps the pub every day and it seems like things will never change dramatically. Unfortunately as we are all beginning to realise things in the universe are forever changing which when looked at from the [...]

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Mars Science Laboratory Arrival Date Set

The Mars science laboratory is set to go to Mars between November 25 and December 18, 2011 which will mean that it lands on Mars in August 2012. Curiosity, as the Mars science laboratory is known, could get their a bit sooner but it all depends on alignments and communication. For maximum information on landing [...]

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Carnival of Space 154- Atlantis, Mars, Fire and Beyond

It’s been a while since I last posted the Carnival of space. Well, it’s here again the very best of the space community websites all on one site. Fancy living on Mars? I think there are a lot of people that would probably say yes. Their stay would probably be quite short today but what [...]

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Atmospheres of the Earth and terrestrial planets.

If you don’t know what an atmosphere is then I suggest you find a blog on fashion or similar. Perhaps, though, we think we know what an atmosphere is but do we really? Well, just in case it’s that thin blue line that we see around the Earth when looking at pictures that the International [...]

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