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Mars News
March 28, 2020

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

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

Mars: Cause of Methane Spikes Still Unknown

New study rules out wind erosion as the source of methane gas on Mars and moves a step closer to answering the question of whether life exists on other ... read more

Harnessing the Power of Microbes for Mining in Space

A new investigation on the International Space Station represents the first study of how microbes grow on and alter planetary rocks in microgravity and simulated Martian ... read more

Red Wine's Resveratrol Could Help Mars Explorers Stay Strong

Mars is about 9 months from Earth with today's tech, NASA reckons. As the new space race hurtles forward, researchers are asking: how do we make sure the winners can still stand when they reach ... read more

A Material Way to Make Mars Habitable

New research suggests that regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with a material -- silica aerogel -- that mimics Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect. Through modeling and ... read more

Methane Vanishing on Mars

Wind-driven erosion of minerals on Mars may be the reason why methane disappears so rapidly on the red planet. Saltation causes electrical charges, that can oxidize minerals and ionize gases like ... read more

Meteors Help Martian Clouds Form

Researchers think they've solved the long-standing mystery of how Mars got all of its ... read more

'Fettuccine' May Be Most Obvious Sign of Life on Mars, Researchers Report

A rover scanning the surface of Mars for evidence of life might want to check for rocks that look like pasta, researchers report. The bacterium that controls the formation of such rocks on Earth is ... read more

On Mars, Sands Shift to a Different Drum

In the most detailed analysis of how sands move around on Mars, a team of planetary scientists has found that processes not involved in controlling sand movement on Earth play major roles on ... read more

Strange Martian Mineral Deposit Likely Sourced from Volcanic Explosions

In a finding that is soon to be ground-truthed by NASA's next Mars rover, researchers show that a Martian mineral deposit was likely formed by ashfall from ancient volcanic ... read more

Massive Martian Ice Discovery Opens a Window Into Red Planet's History

Newly discovered layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars' north pole are the remnants of ancient polar ice sheets and could be one of the largest water reservoirs on the planet, according to ... read more

Sedimentary, My Dear Johnson: Is NASA Looking at the Wrong Rocks for Clues to Martian Life?

While volcanic, igneous rock predominates on Mars, virtually the entire Earth fossil record comes from sedimentary rocks. Addressing the problem, Swedish scientists have begun compiling evidence of ... read more

NASA's InSight Detects First Likely 'Quake' on Mars

NASA's Mars InSight lander has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely 'marsquake'. This is the first recorded trembling that appears to have come from inside the ... read more

Deep Groundwater May Generate Surface Streams on Mars

New research suggests that deep groundwater could still be active on Mars and could originate surface streams in some near-equatorial areas on ... read more

Rivers Raged on Mars Late Into Its History

Scientists have catalogued these rivers to conclude that significant river runoff persisted on Mars later into its history than previously thought. According to the study, the runoff was intense -- ... read more

Bernese Mars Camera CaSSIS Returns Spectacular Images

Three years ago, on March 14 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the 'ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter' spacecraft. The camera system has been observing Mars from ... read more

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