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Still More Evidence for a Wet Mars

Still More Evidence for a Wet Mars

Wet Mars : Credits: NASA/GSFC The journal Nature Communications has published a paper detailing research into comparatively recent water flow on Mars. Abstract: “Liquid water is currently extremely rare on Mars, but was more abundant during periods of high obliquity in the last few millions of years. This is testified by the widespread occurrence of mid-latitude […]

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“Hope” for the Middle East: UAE Introduces its Mars Orbiter Mission

“Hope” for the Middle East: UAE Introduces its Mars Orbiter Mission

The United Arab Emirates has provided quite a bit more information on the Mars orbiter mission it announced last year. Named Hope, it would launch in 2020, and arrive at Mars in 2021, in time to highlight the 50th anniversary of the founding of UAE. Its scientific objective is to provide the first complete holistic […]

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Mars Has Glaciers, “Thousands” of Them

Mars Has Glaciers, “Thousands” of Them

According to Reuters, new research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letter indicates that while Mars may have lost up to 87% of the water it once possessed, there is still an enormous amount of water ice to be found on the Red Planet. In addition to the known deposits found at Mars’ polar caps, […]

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The Plantary Society’s Orbiting Mars Workshop: Secrecy, But No Falcons

The Plantary Society’s Orbiting Mars Workshop: Secrecy, But No Falcons

Fact, followed by Editorial Opinion. Beginning in 2012, after NASA somewhat reluctantly adopted the Space Launch System architecture dictated by Congress the previous year, America’s space agency has been pushing the the narrative that it is on “A Journey to Mars.” For anyone looking beyond the hype however, it is has been rather clear that […]

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A Milestone Accomplished, and a Significant Discovery on Mars

A Milestone Accomplished, and a Significant Discovery on Mars

Curiosity Self Portrait  /   Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Two noteworthy news stories from Mars. First, NASA’s diminutive but never say die rover Opportunity, which initially began its three month primary mission on the Red Planet 11 years ago, has now traveled a cumulative distance of 26.2 miles. Over the course of that journey, the distance of […]

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Mars One Fires Back

Mars One Fires Back

Image Credit :  Mars One Mars One is addressing the criticism coming its way from a number of sources. In the below Youtube interview, the organization’s founder Bas Landorf challenges a recent piece by Australian reporter Elmo Keep, while conceding that the time frames for both a Mars orbiter/lander as a well as possible first […]

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NASA, Masten Test New Mars Landing Technology

NASA, Masten Test New Mars Landing Technology

Image Credit: NASA Photo / Tom Tschida SpaceX is not the only organization making significant strides in autonomous landing technology. NASA.gov as a has a good writeup on the results of tests conducted last December using Masten’s Zombie low altitude rocket to simulate Mars landings. The key difference here is that by using the imaging […]

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Mars One Looking More and More Like “Mars None”

Mars One Looking More and More Like “Mars None”

For Mars One, the hits just keep on coming. Coming on the heels of an MIT study which predicted would-be colonists would doe of hypoxia by the 68th day of a notionally permanent relocation to the Red Planet, and more recent reports that plans for a 2018 surface lander and orbiter have been shelved, Mars […]

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Mixed Messages From Mars One

Mixed Messages From Mars One

Some conflicting information came out this week regarding Mars One, the privately (un) funded project which aims to send teams of four colonists each to the Red Planet beginning in the mid- 2020”s. As the excerpt from the Mars One press release below indicates, the organization has culled the number of applicants from just over […]

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Lost Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

Lost Beagle 2 Lander Found on Mars

Image Credit: European Space Agency As rumored earlier this week, researchers using images gathered by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have located the Beagle 2 lander, which has been missing since it arrived on Christmas Day 2003. From the JPL story: “A set of three observations with the orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera […]

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