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Ice on Mars: Mars has belts of glaciers consisting of frozen water

Mars distinct polar ice caps, but Mars also has belts of glaciers at its central latitudes -- between the blue lines, in both the southern and northern hemispheres

Mars has distinct polar ice caps, but Mars also has belts of glaciers at its central latitudes in both the southern and northern hemispheres. A thick layer of dust covers the glaciers, so they appear as surface of the ground, but radar measurements show that underneath the dust there are ...

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Did Mars once have a nitrogen cycle? Scientists find fixed nitrogen in Martian sediments

The rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars

Javier Martín-Torres, Professor of Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology, is one of several researchers who has found fixed forms of nitrogen in Mars. The research findings are now being published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “This discovery is a new step in assessing whether ...

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HiRISE camera spots long-lost space probe on Mars

Tucked away in its entry shell, Beagle 2 descends onto Mars. Credit: Artist's impression by ESA/Medialab

The UK-led Beagle 2 Mars Lander, thought lost on Mars since 2003, has been found partially deployed on the surface of the planet, ending the mystery of what happened to the mission more than a decade ago. Images taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, or MRO, ...

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Martian Rock: Clues to Planet’s Habitability

Tales from a Martian rock: New chemical analysis of ancient Martian meteorite provides clues to planet’s history of habitability A new analysis of a Martian rock that meteorite hunters plucked from an Antarctic ice field 30 years ago this month reveals a record of the planet’s climate billions of years ...

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Martian meteorite yields more evidence of the possibility of life on Mars

Is there, or was there once, life on Mars?

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists. The finding of a ‘cell-like’ structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration between scientists in the UK ...

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