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June 26, 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, ...

Scientists Release First Analysis of Rocks Plucked from Speeding Asteroid

Scientists have now begun to announce the first results from the analysis of a handful of dirt that Hayabusa2 managed to scoop off the surface of a speeding asteroid. What they found suggests that ...

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, ...
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Two Largest Mars-Quakes to Date Recorded from Planet's Far Side

The seismometer placed on Mars by NASA's InSight lander has recorded its two largest seismic events to date: a magnitude 4.2 and a magnitude 4.1 Mars-quake. The pair are the first recorded ...

Why Venus Rotates, Slowly, Despite Sun's Powerful Grip

If not for the soupy, fast-moving atmosphere on Venus, Earth's sister planet would likely not rotate. Instead, Venus would be locked in place, always facing the sun the way the same side of the ...

Study Explores Effects of Extended Spaceflight on Brain

Scientists from the U.S., Europe and Russia are part of a team releasing the results of a large collaborative study involving the effects of long duration spaceflight on the ...

Differences Between the Moon’s Near and Far Sides Linked to Colossal Ancient Impact

New research shows how the impact that created the Moon's South Pole -- Aitken basin is linked to the stark contrast in composition and appearance between the two sides of the ...

Arctic Simulation of Moon-Like Habitat Shows Wellbeing Sessions Can Improve Mental Health in Extreme Isolation

Researchers are investigating the psychological impact of social isolation in harsh environments, such as on the ...

'Ears' for Rover Perseverance's Exploration of Mars

Scientists have built instruments to give humans eyes and a nose on Mars -- and now they are helping add ears as ...

Perseverance Records the First Ever Sounds from Mars

NASA's Perseverance rover, which has been surveying the surface of Mars since February 2021, has for the first time recorded the acoustic environment of the Red ...

Mounds of Ice in Craters Give New Insight Into Mars’ Past Climate

Newly discovered deposits of layered ice in craters scattered around Mars' southern hemisphere provide insights into how the planet's orientation controlled the planet's climate over ...

Psyche, the Iron Giant of Asteroids, May Be Less Iron Than Researchers Thought

Scientists have thought that the asteroid Psyche could be a big ball of pure iron, but new research suggests it's likely harboring a hidden rocky ...

Predicting the Efficiency of Oxygen-Evolving Electrolysis on the Moon and Mars

Scientists have today provided more insight into the possibility of establishing a pathway to generate oxygen for humans to potentially call the Moon or Mars 'home' for extended periods of ...

How Mars Lost Its Oceans

It has long been known that Mars once had oceans due in part to a protective magnetic field similar to Earth's. However, the magnetic field disappeared, and new research may finally be able to ...

Saturn’s High-Altitude Winds Generate an Extraordinary Aurorae, Study Finds

Space scientists have discovered a never-before-seen mechanism fueling huge planetary aurorae at ...

Shocked Zircon Find a 'One-Off Gift' from Mars

Researchers studying a Martian meteorite have found the first evidence of high-intensity damage caused by asteroid impact, in findings that have implications for understanding when conditions ...

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 ...

New Control Technique Uses Solar Panels to Reach Desired Mars Orbit

Aerospace engineers have developed a way to use articulated solar panels to steer the satellite during aerobraking, reducing the number of passes needed, resulting in potential savings in propellant, ...

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 ...

Being in Space Destroys More Red Blood Cells

A world-first study has revealed how space travel can cause lower red blood cell counts, known as space anemia. Analysis of 14 astronauts showed their bodies destroyed 54 percent more red blood cells ...

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, ...

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