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Rock-Eating Martian Microbes?

Rock-Eating Martian Microbes?

A recently published study of a 30-pound martian meteorite found in Antarctica suggests the presence of indigenous carbon-rich material, ancient water erosion, and a number of tiny structures that resemble the sort of features that we see rock-eating microbes leaving in basaltic glasses here on Earth...

February 28, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Where Would you Leave a Message From the Stars?

A recent article by Samuel Arbesman in the science magazine Nautilus discusses the extraordinary sounding possibility that – just perhaps – a search for extraterrestrial intelligence could be made by looking at our DNA...

April 14, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Two New Arrivals Send Back Pictures Of Mars

The skies of Mars just got a little more crowded. On September 21st, 2014 NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) fired its engines for some 33 minutes in order to swing into a safe orbit...

September 26, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
NASA’s MAVEN Mission, as told by LeVar Burton

NASA’s MAVEN Mission, as told by LeVar Burton

I am having quite the space-filled weekend! Today, we just had a hangout with astronaut Chris Hadfield and now I’m packing up to head to Cape Canaveral to watch an ATLAS V rocket send the next Mars Orbiter, MAVEN, to space!...

November 14, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
Curiosity Catches Sight of Mars’ Moon Passing the Other

Curiosity Catches Sight of Mars’ Moon Passing the Other

This video depicts NASA’s Curiosity rover observing Mars’ two moons, then shows one moon passing in front of the other. Phobos and Deimos, the moons of Mars, are thought to be asteroids captured in Mars’ gravitational field...

August 16, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
“Singing Stars” Reveal Their Secrets, and More – The Countdown, Episode 29

“Singing Stars” Reveal Their Secrets, and More – The Countdown, Episode 29

More to explore: Curiosity Catches Sight of Mars’ Moon Passing the Other (PsiVid) Latest SpaceX Rocket Test Successfully Goes Sideways (New York Times) Public Naming of Planets and Planetary Satellites: Reaching Out for Worldwide Recognitionwith the Help of the IAU [Pdf] (IAU) Around the World in Four Days: NASA Tracks Chelyabinsk Meteor Plume (NASA) Russian [...]..

August 22, 2013 — Eric R. Olson

Salty Ceres, Martian Dunes and Venus at Last

From progress on deciphering the strange features of dwarf planet Ceres to NASA's plans to play with Martian sand and a heroic rescue of Japan's Venus-bound spacecraft, it's been an interesting past couple of weeks...

December 11, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

A Martian Tail

A remarkable atmospheric feature on Mars reminds us how topography connects to climate

October 25, 2018 — Caleb A. Scharf
A Waste of Space [Commentary]

A Waste of Space [Commentary]

NASA’s new space station mission is not a big step toward Mars, but mostly a holding pattern
 

March 5, 2015 — THE EDITORS
Twelve Months of Curiosity on Mars in Two Minutes

Twelve Months of Curiosity on Mars in Two Minutes

Mars Curiosity Rover has captured our attention from the time it launched in November 2011 to the time it landed on August 5, 2012 in a very dramatic landing to now.

August 1, 2013 — Joanne Manaster

Space: A New Hope or an Old Dream?

The release of a long-awaited National Academy of Sciences report on the state and future of the US space program has triggered wide-reaching commentary on what it means to be space-faring...

June 5, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Summer Shorts: A Record 25 Miles On Mars

Summer Shorts: A Record 25 Miles On Mars

It's summer in the northern hemisphere of a small, damp, planet orbiting a middle-aged star in a spiral galaxy of matter enjoying a brief heyday before colliding with another galaxy in some 4 billion orbits of the same small, damp, planet...

July 31, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
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