Paul Scott Anderson

About Paul Scott Anderson

Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy and has been a long-time member of The Planetary Society. He currently writes for Universe Today and His own blog The Meridiani Journal is a chronicle of planetary exploration.

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Opportunity Rover Finds Intriguing New Spherules at Cape York

by Paul Scott Anderson September 13, 2012

Mosaic image of the spherules in the rock outcrop on Cape York at Endeavour crater. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Stuart Atkinson One of the most interesting discoveries made so far by the Opportunity rover on Mars has been the small round spherules or “blueberries” as they are commonly referred to, covering the ground at […]

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New Analysis of Clay Deposits in Ancient Martian Lakes

by Paul Scott Anderson March 15, 2012

Mars was once a much wetter world than it is now, with hot springs, rivers, lakes and perhaps even oceans. Just how wet exactly, and for how long, is still a subject of considerable debate. One vital clue comes from clay mineral deposits and sediments left over after the water disappeared, but still visible now. […]

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Does Mars Still Shake, Rattle and Roll?

by Paul Scott Anderson March 12, 2012

Compared to Earth, Mars is a relatively quiet planet, geologically speaking. Actually,¬†very¬†quiet, as in pretty much dead. While it has volcanoes much larger than any here, they have been inactive for a very long time; the latest studies suggest however that volcanic activity may have continued until only a matter of millions of years ago. […]

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Exciting New ‘Enceladus Explorer’ Mission Proposed to Search for Life

by Paul Scott Anderson February 29, 2012

Along with Jupiter’s moon Europa, a tiny Saturnian moon, Enceladus, has become one of the most fascinating places in the solar system and a prime target in the search for extraterrestrial life. Its outward appearance is that of a small, frozen orb, but it revealed some surprises when the Cassini spacecraft gave us our first […]

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35 Years Later, the ‘Wow!’ Signal Still Tantalizes

by Paul Scott Anderson February 24, 2012

Since the SETI program first began searching for possible alien radio signals a few decades ago, there have been many false alarms but also instances of fleeting signals of interest which disappeared again as quickly as they had appeared. If a potential signal doesn’t repeat itself so it can be more carefully observed, then it […]

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