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Mars News
August 3, 2020

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NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is on its way to the Red Planet to search for signs of ancient life and collect samples to send back ...

Astrophysicist Investigates the Possibility of Life Below the Surface of Mars

Although no life has been detected on the Martian surface, a new study from astrophysicist and research scientist finds that conditions below the ...

SwRI Scientists Demonstrate Speed, Precision of in Situ Planetary Dating Device

Scientists have increased the speed and accuracy of a laboratory-scale instrument for determining the age of planetary specimens onsite. The team is ...

Electrically Charged Dust Storms Drive Martian Chlorine Cycle

The group that previously studied Martian dust storms now shifts focus to the electrochemical processes resulting from dust storms that may power the movement of chlorine, which is ongoing on Mars ...
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A Martian Mash Up: Meteorites Tell Story of Mars' Water History

Researchers probed Martian meteorites to reconstruct Mars' chaotic history. Their findings suggest that Mars might not have had a global magma ...

Organic Molecules Discovered by Curiosity Rover Consistent With Early Life on Mars

Organic compounds called thiophenes are found on Earth in coal, crude oil and oddly enough, in white truffles, the mushroom beloved by epicureans and wild pigs. Thiophenes were also recently ...

Ancient Meteorite Site on Earth Could Reveal New Clues About Mars' Past

Scientists have devised new analytical tools to break down the enigmatic history of Mars' atmosphere -- and whether life was once possible there. It could help astrobiologists understand the ...

A Year of Surprising Science from NASA's InSight Mars Mission

A new understanding of Mars is beginning to emerge, thanks to the first year of NASA's InSight lander mission. Findings described in a set of six papers reveal a planet alive with quakes, dust ...

Magnetic Field at Martian Surface Ten Times Stronger Than Expected

New data gleaned from the magnetic sensor aboard NASA's InSight spacecraft is offering an unprecedented close-up of magnetic fields on ...

Journey to the Center of Mars

Scientists have built a new compositional model for Mars. They used rocks from Mars and measurements from orbiting satellites to predict the depth to its core-mantle boundary, some 1,800 km beneath ...

Mars: Simulations of Early Impacts Produce a Mixed Mars Mantle

The early solar system was a chaotic place, with evidence indicating that Mars was likely struck by planetesimals, small protoplanets up to 1,200 miles in diameter, early in its history. Scientists ...

Mars' Water Was Mineral-Rich and Salty

Presently, many scientists believe Mars is the best candidate in the search for life beyond Earth because it is relatively nearby and there is good evidence that liquid water flowed on Mars' ...

Evidence of Strong Early Magnetic Field Around Earth

New research provides evidence that the magnetic field that first formed around Earth was even stronger than scientists previously believed. The research will help scientists draw conclusions about ...

Mars: Water Could Disappear Faster Than Expected

The small red planet is losing water more quickly than what theory as well as past observations would suggest. An international research team has just revealed that water vapor is accumulating in ...

Scientists Map a Planet's Global Wind Patterns for the First Time, and It's Not Earth

A new article documents the global wind patterns on any planet for the first time. Remote repogramming of the MAVEN spacecraft and its NGIMS instrument enabled the data collection. The results reveal ...

Newfound Martian Aurora Actually the Most Common; Sheds Light on Mars' Changing Climate

A type of Martian aurora first identified by NASA's MAVEN spacecraft in 2016 is actually the most common form of aurora occurring on the Red Planet, according to new results from the mission. ...

Solving Fossil Mystery Could Aid Quest for Ancient Life on Mars

The search for evidence of life on Mars could be helped by fresh insights into ancient rocks on ...

Exoplanet Axis Study Boosts Hopes of Complex Life, Just Not Next Door

There's new hope that we aren't alone in the universe, that advanced beings may exist on exoplanets. But they're probably not close by, says a new study on the stability of planetary ...

With Mars Methane Mystery Unsolved, Curiosity Serves Scientists a New One: Oxygen

For the first time in the history of space exploration, scientists have measured the seasonal changes in the gases that fill the air directly above the surface of Gale Crater on ...

Martian Landslides Not Conclusive Evidence of Ice

Giant ridges on the surface of landslides on Mars could have formed without ice, challenging their use by some as unequivocal evidence of past ice on the red planet, finds a new study using ...

Mars Once Had Salt Lakes Similar to Those on Earth

Mars once had salt lakes that are similar to those on Earth and has gone through wet and dry ...

Soil on Moon and Mars Likely to Support Crops

Researchers have produced crops in Mars and moon soil simulant developed by NASA. The research supports the idea that it would not only be possible to grow food on Mars and the moon to feed future ...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds an Ancient Oasis on Mars

If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is evolving among scientists working with NASA's Curiosity ...

Could We Feed One Million People Living on Mars?

A provocative new study looks at the resource utilization and technological strategies that would be needed to make a Mars population of one million people food ...

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