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#DPS2017: Progress report on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter images of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring

Three years ago, on October 19, 2014, comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring passed within 138,000 kilometers of Mars. At the 2017 meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, we heard a progress report on Mars orbiter imaging of the comet's nucleus.

Webcam on Mars Express surveys high-altitude clouds

An unprecedented catalogue of more than 21 000 images taken by a webcam on ESA’s Mars Express is proving its worth as a science instrument, providing a global survey of unusual high-altitude cloud features on the Red Planet.

Blue Mars

Space Science Image of the Week: A cloudy day over volcanic Mars, captured by the ExoMars orbiter

This week in science: distant icy rings and nearby holes in the ice

If you’ve ever read the highly acclaimed Red Mars sci-fi trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson, you know that laws and society on the Red Planet work much differently based on the demands of the environment. It also falls apart and comes under attack from Earth as the home planet falls apart even faster. Show More Summary

Will The Academy’s Weinstein Meeting Be Haunted By Darryl Zanuck’s Ghost?

At the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, the most telling books on Darryl F. Zanuck—The Zanucks of Hollywood: The Dark Legacy of a Hollywood Dynasty by Marlys Harris, Zanuck: The Rise...Show More Summary

This Pasadena company built the arms on the Mars rovers, now it’s making robotic mechanics for satellites

MDA U.S. Systems, a Pasadena-based company celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, built the robotic arms on all of the Mars rovers, including the arm Curiosity uses to take selfies (and do incredible science).

'The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One': Solid B-movie sci-fi on a budget

Had there never been a “Mad Max” or “Alien” movie, or John Carpenter’s unfortunate “Ghosts of Mars” for that matter, “The Osiris Child” would have been hailed as a true original. Even with its many obvious influences, Shane Abbess’ indie sci-fi thriller, subtitled “Science Fiction Volume One,”...

Monster volcanoes on Mars—how space rocks are helping us solve their mysteries

Mars famously has the largest volcanoes known to science. The largest is Olympus Mons, pictured above, which towers 22km above the surrounding plains – over two and a half times taller than Mount Everest. This extinct volcano is 640km...Show More Summary

Another chance to put your name on Mars

When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments—along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public.

Lava tubes as hidden sites for future human habitats on the Moon and Mars

Lava tubes, underground caves created by volcanic activity, could provide protected habitats large enough to house streets on Mars or even towns on the moon, according to research presented at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) 2017 in Riga. Show More Summary

Hey, Elon Musk, what about toilet paper on Mars? - CNET

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The SpaceX CEO is updating his red planet plans. Neal Stephenson, Jonathan Nolan and other science and sci-fi smarties have questions about going interplanetary.

Purple Spots Marring Vatican Scroll Have Unlikely Source

Call it the attack of the purple pigment. Live Science reports purple splotches are damaging old animal-skin parchments around the world. Take, for example, a 16-foot-long scroll inside the Vatican Secret Archives. The parchment was written by Italian villagers in 1244 asking the Church to make Laurentius Loricatus a saint....

Mars Curiosity: Facts and Information

Mars Curiosity: Facts and Information: The Mars Science Laboratory and its rover centerpiece, Curiosity, is the most ambitious Mars mission yet flown by NASA. The rover’s primary mission is to find out if Mars is, or was, suitable for life. Show More Summary

Image: A world of snowy dunes on Mars

It was spring in the Northern hemisphere when this image was taken on May 21, 2017, at 13:21 local Mars time, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Over the winter, snow and ice have inexorably covered the dunes. Unlike on Earth, this snow and ice is carbon dioxide, better known to us as dry ice.

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Most watched eclipse in history could answer the question of whether life can survive on Mars

A total solar eclipse is an opportunity for serious science and not just another chance to be entertained, though you’re excused if, this month, you can’t tell the difference. First, a future fact: A total eclipse is expected to be visible in a 70-mile-wide swath of North America starting at about 10:21 a.m. on Monday, […]

Five Earth Years on Mars

Five (Earth) years ago today, the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity landed in a dramatic fashion on the surface of the Red Planet. We look back at a mission that advanced humanity's understanding of Mars and provided a priceless return on a modest investment.

Ancient asteroid family unveils the early solar system

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Astronomers have identified an ancient family of asteroids residing in the Main Belt (the area between Mars and Jupiter) that is nearly as old as the solar system itself, yielding important insights into how the planets and asteroids formed.

Scientists discover ingredient for life on Saturns moon

Will Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, be the next rock humans aspire to reach after visiting Mars? According to new research published today in Science Advances, possibly so. This is because researchers have found a complex molecule in the atmosphere of the moon that could very well lead to the formation of life.[...]

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