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June 28, 2022

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A Blueprint for Life Forms on Mars?

Microbes taken from surface sediment near Lost Hammer Spring, Canada, about 900 km south of the North Pole, could provide a blueprint for the kind of life forms that may once have existed, or may ...
A new study of an old meteorite contradicts current thinking about how rocky planets like the Earth and Mars acquire volatile elements such as hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, ...

Bacterial Cellulose Could Enable Microbial Life on Mars

An international research team has investigated the chances of survival of kombucha cultures under Mars-like conditions. Kombucha is known as a drink, sometimes called tea fungus or mushroom tea, ...

Physicists Explain How Type of Aurora on Mars Is Formed

Researchers have learned how a type of aurora on Mars is formed. The physicists report discrete aurora form through the interaction of the solar wind and the crust at Mars' southern ...
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Liquid Water Beneath Martian South Polar Cap?

Scientists measured the properties of ice-brine mixtures as cold as -145 degrees Fahrenheit to help confirm that salty water likely exists between grains of ice or sediment under the ice cap at ...

Hope for Present-Day Martian Groundwater Dries Up in New Study

Liquid water previously detected under Mars' ice-covered south pole is probably just a dusty mirage, according to a new study of the Red Planet. The finding challenges a 2018 study that appeared ...

Consistent Asteroid Showers Rock Previous Thinking on Mars Craters

New research has confirmed the frequency of asteroid collisions that formed impact craters on Mars has been consistent over the past 600 million ...

Newly Discovered Carbon May Yield Clues to Ancient Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, and since then has roamed Gale Crater taking samples and sending the results back home for researchers to interpret. Analysis of carbon ...

Martian Meteorite’s Organic Materials Origin Not Biological, Formed by Geochemical Interactions Between Water and Rock

Organic molecules found in a meteorite that hurtled to Earth from Mars were synthesized during interactions between water and rocks that occurred on the Red Planet about 4 billion years ago, ...

Earth and Mars Were Formed from Inner Solar System Material

Cosmochemists now present the most comprehensive comparison to date of the isotopic composition of Earth, Mars and pristine building material from the inner and outer Solar ...

Brief Presence of Water in Arabia Terra on Mars

Scientists recently discovered that water was once present in a region of Mars called Arabia ...

Mars Seismic Deployment Lays Groundwork for Future Planetary Missions

About 1000 days after the Mars InSight mission deployed SEIS, the first seismometer on the red planet, researchers are analyzing new seismic data and reporting on instrument responses, using these ...

Analysis of Mars’s Wind-Induced Vibrations Sheds Light on the Planet’s Subsurface Properties

NASA's Mars mission InSight probes the geology of the Elysium Planitia, finding alternate layers of basalt and sediments. An international team of scientists compares on-the-ground data with ...

Life on Mars Search Could Be Misled by False Fossils, Study Says

Mars explorers searching for signs of ancient life could be fooled by fossil-like specimens created by chemical processes, research ...

Likely Home of Martian Meteorites Pinpointed

Researchers have pinpointed the likely origin of a group of meteorites ejected from Mars, using a machine learning algorithm that analyses high-resolution planetary ...

Making Martian Rocket Biofuel on Mars

Researchers have developed a concept that would make Martian rocket fuel, on Mars, that could be used to launch future astronauts back to ...

Rocks on Floor of Jezero Crater, Mars, Show Signs of Sustained Interactions With Water

Since the Perseverance rover landed in Jezero crater on Mars in February, the rover and its team of scientists back on Earth have been hard at work exploring the floor of the crater that once held an ...

Using Dunes to Interpret Wind on Mars

Dunes develop when wind-blown sand organizes into patterns, most often in deserts and arid or semi-arid parts of the world. Every continent on Earth has dune fields, but dunes and dune-like sand ...

Clover Growth in Mars-Like Soils Boosted by Bacterial Symbiosis

Clover plants grown in Mars-like soils experience significantly more growth when inoculated with symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria than when left uninoculated, researchers ...

Mars' Surface Shaped by Fast and Furious Floods from Overflowing Craters

On Earth, river erosion is usually a slow-going process. But on Mars, massive floods from overflowing crater lakes had an outsized role in shaping the Martian surface, carving deep chasms and moving ...

Carbon Dioxide Reactor Makes 'Martian Fuel'

Engineers are developing new ways to convert greenhouse gases to fuel to address climate change and get astronauts home from ...

Mars Habitability Limited by Its Small Size, Isotope Study Suggests

Researchers measured the potassium isotope compositions of Martian meteorites in order to estimate the presence, distribution, and abundance of volatile elements and compounds, including water, on ...

Affordable Housing in Outer Space: Scientists Develop Cosmic Concrete from Space Dust and Astronaut Blood

Transporting a single brick to Mars can cost more than a million British pounds -- making the future construction of a Martian colony seem prohibitively expensive. Scientists have now developed a way ...

Will It Be Safe for Humans to Fly to Mars?

A human space mission would be viable if it doesn't exceed four years, an international research team concludes in new ...

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