Posts tagged with ‘mars

Mars Diffracts! X-ray Crystallography and Space Exploration…

Astrobiologist and intrepid science communicator Lewis Dartnell reveals the crucial role that x-ray crystallography is playing in understanding the formation and history of our planetary neighbour, Mars.

Mysterious “light source” coming out of the Martian surface has amateur alien hunters all in a tizzy

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It looks like there’s liquid water flowing on Mars right fucking now

The majority of exploration into the presence of water on Mars deals with looking for evidence that there was water on the planet at some point in the past. But NASA JPL has announced they think water may be flowing right this very moment. A combination of salt and iron may be giving this seeping groundwater a natural antifreeze property, and you wouldn’t want to drink it, but still, shit… water on Mars as we speak.

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NASA releases a gorgeous photo of Saturn, Earth, Venus and Mars all together in one shot
We’re teeny tiny dots compared to the majesty of Saturn, but there we are, the three little rocky inner planets just floating there in space.
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NASA releases a gorgeous photo of Saturn, Earth, Venus and Mars all together in one shot

We’re teeny tiny dots compared to the majesty of Saturn, but there we are, the three little rocky inner planets just floating there in space.

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India launches a rocket to Mars for way less than NASA could even dream

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India has made a huge leap this past week when it launched a rocket to Mars, to do what NASA has done— orbit the red planet and collect massive amounts of data. But whereas the same type of mission would cost billions and billions, India pulled it off for just $73 million, which is peanuts in terms of interplanetary space travel. While most of the technology developed to make it cheap for India was developed by NASA, India’s super cheap Mars still could provide the US and other spacegoing nations a model for more frequent, cheaper travel.

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Curiosity rover extracts water from dry Martian soil, space mud pies for everybody

Even though Mars appears to be dry as a bone for the most part, NASA’s Curiosity rover has found that your average Martian soil is 2% water, which is plenty when it comes to providing water for future Martian explorers or inhabitants. Curiosity took some soil from the red planet, heated it up until it produced steam, cooled the steam down and voila— water. Pretty much the same process as condensing alcohol from a still, but with water. And from all that dry dirt, this process could easily be used to provide water for your great-great-great Martian grandchilldren.

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Life on Mars could have developed more quickly than here on Earth

Despite some people’s ideas that Earth is the little blue gem from which all life sprouts, new evidence suggests that not only may have Mars developed life much quicker and sooner than Earth, but the seeds of life on our planet may have come from the red planet before it was “the red planet”.

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This is a picture from the Curiosity Rover on Mars showing Earth from the Perspective of Mars. You are literally looking at your home from the Perspective of another planet. Epic times indeed

This is a picture from the Curiosity Rover on Mars showing Earth from the Perspective of Mars. You are literally looking at your home from the Perspective of another planet. Epic times indeed

The good news is that this Mars astronaut Barbie would die a horrible space death

Barbie has had dozens and dozens of careers over the decades. She must be really good at bullshitting on resumes, because she often will go from waitress to brain surgeon to kindergarten teacher to race car driver. In her latest career move, Barbie is going to Mars. Fortunately for everyone, Barbie wouldn’t last a minute in that space suit.

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Lego will be making a Mars Curiosity Rover set

Rejoice brickheads and space exploration fans! Lego will soon be releasing an official NASA Mars Curiosity Rover set. It will be just like building your very own Curiosity rover, only far less expensive and you won’t have to assemble it in a million dollar clean room.

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White-balanced photo of Mount Sharp on Mars looks like it could have come out of the American southwest
This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment that makes the sky look overly blue but shows the terrain as if under Earth-like lighting. White-balancing helps scientists recognize rock materials based on their experience looking at rocks on Earth. The Martian sky would look more of a butterscotch color to the human eye. White balancing yields an overly blue hue in images that have very little blue information, such as Martian landscapes, because the white balancing tends to overcompensate for the low inherent blue content.
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White-balanced photo of Mount Sharp on Mars looks like it could have come out of the American southwest

This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity shows Mount Sharp in a white-balanced color adjustment that makes the sky look overly blue but shows the terrain as if under Earth-like lighting. White-balancing helps scientists recognize rock materials based on their experience looking at rocks on Earth. The Martian sky would look more of a butterscotch color to the human eye. White balancing yields an overly blue hue in images that have very little blue information, such as Martian landscapes, because the white balancing tends to overcompensate for the low inherent blue content.

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NASA confirms that ancient microbial life once might have flourished on Mars

After analyzation of a sample of soil underneath the red dust of Mars, scientists at NASA have confirmed that parts of the red planet might once have been home to all kinds of microbial life in the shallow streams of Mars a long, long, long time ago. The sample is gray clay from what used to be a stream bed, and it’s chock full of all kinds of chemicals from a freshwater environment.

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Meet the couple who could have the fortitude for a trip to Mars and back

Last month, billionaire Dennis Tito said that he wants to send a married couple on a trip around Mars and back, a journey of 500 days in a tiny tin can floating through space. For the mission, it can’t just be any couple— preferably, you’d want two people who have experience living in extreme isolation for long periods of time without killing each other. Rolf and Deborah Shapiro have done just that, having spent 15 months alone in Antarctica, just for the fuck of it.

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