News Stories relating to "mars"
Monday, March 18, 2013
US millionaire Dennis Tito, who became the first private space tourist when he paid Russia $20 million for a trip to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2001, wants to send a married couple on a round trip to Mars when planetary alignment is favorable for this 2018.
The trip will take advantage of the alignment of heavenly...
Thursday, March 14, 2013
An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.
Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon--some of the key chemical ingredients for life--in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a rock near an ancient stream bed there....
Monday, March 11, 2013
NASA's Curiosity rover has bored into a Martian rock and pulled out its first sample of the planet's insides to analyze. This could be the first step to mining Mars.
In New Scientist, Lisa Grossman quotes NASA's Louise Jandura as saying, "This is the only time anybody's drilled into Mars. Getting deeper into the rock allows us...
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Will life on Mars go the way of the dinosaurs before we have a chance to discover it? Incoming Comet C213/A1, discovered on January 1st, is expected by some astronomers to pass within 28,000 miles of Marsin 2014. But cometary trajectories change, and an impact is not impossible, although NASA estimates that the object will pass Mars at a distance...
Friday, January 25, 2013
Minerals found in the subsurface of Mars, a zone of more than three miles below ground, make for the strongest evidence yet that the red planet may have supported life
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Monday, December 3, 2012
We told you it was coming
and here it is: NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has used its full array of instruments to analyze Martian soil for the first time, and found a complex chemistry there, including water, sulfur and chlorine-containing substances, some of...
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
NASA has announced that one of the instruments on the Curiosity Rover has sent back some extraordinary data, but the transmission is still being checked to make certain that it is not a fluke, and so far the space agency has not made an official statement about what the instrument has detected.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The space rock called the Tissint meteorite, that landed in the Moroccan desert last year, (with a fireball and double sonic boom), was knocked off Mars
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Thursday, October 18, 2012
The deserts of Utah and Nevada have not always been dry: Between 14,000 and 20,000 years ago, valleys throughout the desert southwest filled with water to become large lakes, which--at their maximum--covered about a quarter of both those states. And a dry stream bed has been found on Mars--was this "red desert" planet ALSO once covered...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The theory is that dark matter is made up of particles that can't interact with the electromagnetic force, and thus can't be revealed with light. But they do interact gravitationally--in fact, it's the gravitational pull of dark matter that stops galaxies from flying apart as they rotate. Astronomers think there is five times as much dark matter...
Thursday, August 9, 2012
If the Mars rover Curiosity finds carbon-based molecules in the Martian soil, researcher Gilbert Levin will feel vindicated, since he promulgated the theory that life on Earth was seeded by an asteroid from Mars
36 years ago.
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The Curiosity lander has successfully reached the surface of Mars and appears to be intact. Images began appearing at 10:40 PM PDT. Curiosity is the most complex automated space mission every attempted by mankind.
The craft's descent-stage retrorockets fired as it descended, slowing its approach to the surface. In the most difficult...
Friday, April 20, 2012
It now appears almost certain that the Viking Lander's life experiment succeeded, and that there is life on Mars. However, NASA interpreted the results too conservatively
, and the chance to direct exploration of Mars toward the discovery of life was lost. Now,...
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Just as NASA was about to solve the mystery of whether or not there is life on Mars
, the world went broke and both NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) had to back off on their plans to send astronauts and rovers there to find out. Two NASA missions to Mars--one in 2016 and...
Sunday, November 20, 2011
In a finding of significance in the search for life beyond Earth, scientists have discovered what appears to be a body of liquid water the volume of the North American Great Lakes locked inside the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa
--which could represent a new...
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
One reason we may not have discovered the definitive answer
to the question of whether there is life on Mars
is because we have not used the right TOOLS to detect it. But now NASA is getting ready to send a...
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Mars has two moons-- Phobos and Deimos--and astrophysicist Iosif Samuilovich Shklovsky thinks the orbital motion of Phobos reveals that the moon is artificial and hollow--in other words, a UFO
. Why can't we go there ourselves and check...
Friday, August 6, 2010
This time when we try to go to Mars - When it comes to traveling to Mars, the moon may save us-- again.
Solar radiation may make it impossible to establish a colony on Mars. But a team of UK scientists has discovered that a tiny magnet, no wider than your thumb, can deflect the charged particles in the solar wind, and...
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Practice, practice, practice - NASA's Spirit Mars Rover has discovered strange blue rocks on the surface of Mars which contain high concentrations of carbonate--evidence that the planet once had a wet, non-acidic environment that may have been favorable for life. Meanwhile, an international crew has locked themselves away in a...
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
There are lots of strange things on Mars. For instance, NASA's Opportunity rover has spotted strange coatings on rocks beside a young Martian crater. Is this some kind of conspiracy or just more high strangeness? The crater is about 30 feet in diameter, and has dark rays coming out of it. Astronomers have observed lots of peppercorn-sized, iron...
Friday, January 15, 2010
Some unexplained images have been photographed on Mars. The latest is what appear to be "trees." The images show what look like rows of dark trees sprouting from hills on the surface of the planet, but according to NASA, it's an optical illusion: The sand dunes are coated with a thin layer of dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide), and are caused by...
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Are crop circles coded messages from aliens? - Bulgaria says they are in touch with aliens who, in response to a set of 30 questions their scientists sent to them, have replied with a complex set of symbols that their experts are hard at work trying to decipher. And what are these "complex symbols?" Crop circles! (NOTE:...
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Do they destroy it too? - Robot landers that were sent to Mars to search for life may actually have destroyed it.
In New Scientist, David Shiga reports that NASA's Phoenix lander found chemicals called perchlorates in the Martian soil. When heated, these release oxygen and thus cause nearby material to burn (which is why...