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Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

This view of a portion of the Eridania region of Mars shows blocks of deep-basin deposits that have been surrounded and partially buried by younger volcanic deposits. The image was taken by the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and covers an area about 12 miles wide. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on Earth. A recent international report examines observations by NASA’s […]

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries

Olympus Mons, biggest volcano in the Solar System. Justin Cowart, CC BY-SA

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries

Monster volcanoes on Mars: how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries Olympus Mons, biggest volcano in the Solar System. Justin Cowart, CC BY-SA Ben Cohen, University of Glasgow Mars famously has the largest volcanoes known to science. The largest is Olympus Mons, pictured […]

Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

NASA's InSight lander will travel to Mars next year. When it does, it will be carrying two microchips bearing the names of members of the public. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars

Another Chance to Put Your Name on Mars When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA’s InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments — along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public. In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed […]

Solving the Mystery of Pluto’s Giant Blades of Ice

Pluto’s bladed terrain as seen from New Horizons during its July 2015 flyby. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Daniel Rutter

Solving the Mystery of Pluto’s Giant Blades of Ice

Solving the Mystery of Pluto’s Giant Blades of Ice NASA’s New Horizons mission revolutionized our knowledge of Pluto when it flew past that distant world in July 2015. Among its many discoveries were images of strange formations resembling giant knife blades of ice, whose origin […]

NASA’s Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

This artist's concept from August 2015 depicts NASA's InSight Mars lander fully deployed for studying the deep interior of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA’s Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

NASA’s Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet Preparation of NASA’s next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California — the first interplanetary launch in history from […]

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

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Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown! NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars. On Aug. 5, 2012, the mission team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion […]

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life

1700km-wide region of Mars including Olympus Mons (upper left) and several other volcanoes of Mars’s Tharsis province. Colour-coded topography. NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum)

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life

Scientists find some of Mars’ youngest volcanoes – and discover they could have supported life 4000 km wide view of Mars’ (colour-coded topgraphy) Coprates Chasma. NASA/USGS/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G Neukum), CC BY-SA David Rothery, The Open University It may seem that Mars was once a much […]

What biological clocks and geological rocks tell us about life in space

Is the evolution of human-like intelligence inevitable, or exceptional? Anton Jankovoy/shutterstock

What biological clocks and geological rocks tell us about life in space

What biological clocks and geological rocks tell us about life in space Is the evolution of human-like intelligence inevitable, or exceptional? Anton Jankovoy/shutterstock Sarah R.N. McIntyre, Australian National University and Charley Lineweaver, Australian National University One of the first geological lessons we learn is that […]

Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years?

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Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years?

Could asteroids bombard the Earth to cause a mass extinction in 10 million years? Elenarts/Shutterstock Sanna Alwmark, Lund University and Matthias Meier, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Scientists have spent decades debating whether asteroids and comets hit the Earth at regular intervals. At the […]