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Earth-Like Soils On Mars Suggest Microbial Life

Rover image from Gale Crater reveals soil

Soil deep in a crater dating to some 3.7 billion years ago contains evidence that Mars was once much warmer and wetter, saysUniversity of Oregon geologist Gregory Retallack, based on images and data captured by the rover Curiosity. NASA rovers have shown Martian landscapes littered with loose rocks from impacts ...

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‘Is there life on Mars?’: Water can and does exist on the planet says new research

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Water in its liquid form can exist on Mars but only during the summer and spring months and only for a couple of hours at a time, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that despite Mars’ sub-zero temperatures, small amounts of liquid water ...

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Successful test of saucer-shaped vehicle for future Mars missions

Saucer Out of the Drink

NASA representatives say they are thrilled with the success of the June 28, 2014 near-space test flight of the agency’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), which occurred off the coast of the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. A high-altitude balloon launch occurred at 8:45 a.m. HST (11:45 ...

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Traces of recent water on Mars: Liquid water on Mars as recently as 200,000 years ago

Mars Debris flows

New research has shown that there was liquid water on Mars as recently as 200,000 years ago. The results have been published in the international scientific journal Icarus. “We have discovered a very young crater in the southern mid-latitudes of Mars that shows evidence of liquid water in Mars’ recent ...

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Mars: Meteorites yield clues to Red Planet’s early atmosphere

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Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. Their study, published April 17 in the journal Nature, shows that the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways very early in ...

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