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Pluto in enhanced color, to illustrate differences in the composition and texture of its surface. NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute

I’ve Always Wondered: How do we know what lies at the heart of Pluto?

I’ve Always Wondered: How do we know what lies at the heart of Pluto? Pluto in enhanced color, to illustrate differences in the composition and texture of its surface. NASA / Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute Helen Maynard-Casely, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation This…

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Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim. Mars Society, Author provided

Dear diary: the Sun never set on the Arctic Mars simulation

Dear diary: the Sun never set on the Arctic Mars simulation Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim. Mars Society, Author provided Jonathan Clarke, UNSW Jonathan Clarke has just returned from another mission to simulate life on Mars. This time he was on Devon Island in the…

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The Viking landers in the 1970s were the last to look directly for life on Mars. NASA/JPL, CC BY

Worries about spreading Earth microbes shouldn’t slow search for life on Mars

Worries about spreading Earth microbes shouldn’t slow search for life on Mars The Viking landers in the 1970s were the last to look directly for life on Mars. NASA/JPL, CC BY Alberto G. Fairén, Cornell University There may be no bigger question than whether we are alone in our solar…

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Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth

Saturn’s moon Titan may harbour simple life forms – and reveal how organisms first formed on Earth False colour mosaic made from infrared data collected by the Cassini spacecraft. NASA / JPL-Caltech / Space Science Institute Ravi Desai, UCL How chemical reactions on a lifeless planet floating around in the…

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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 more exciting planet. True, there…

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Suited up to simulate the conditions of working outside on Mars. Jonathan Clarke (the author, left) with visiting engineer Michael Curtis-Rouse, from UK Space Agency (right). Jonathan Clarke personal collection, Author provided

Dear diary: another day in the life on Mars

Dear diary: another day in the life on Mars Suited up to simulate the conditions of working outside on Mars. Jonathan Clarke (the author, left) with visiting engineer Michael Curtis-Rouse, from UK Space Agency (right). Jonathan Clarke personal collection, Author provided Jonathan Clarke, UNSW On June 16 Jonathan Clarke is…

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This enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s south pole and its swirling atmosphere was created by citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Roman Tkachenko

Juno mission unveils Jupiter’s complex interior, weather and magnetism

Juno mission unveils Jupiter’s complex interior, weather and magnetism This enhanced-color image of Jupiter’s south pole and its swirling atmosphere was created by citizen scientist Roman Tkachenko using data from the JunoCam imager on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Roman Tkachenko Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer, UNSW The latest observations of the Juno spacecraft are…

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