Martian Meteorite Could Have Contained Ancient Water And Life, NASA Paper Says

by Elizabeth Howell February 28, 2014

Could this meteorite show evidence of ancient water and life on Mars? That’s one possibility raised in a new paper led by NASA and including members of a team who made a contentious claim about Martian microfossils in another meteorite 18 years ago. “This is no smoking gun,” stated lead author┬áLauren White, who is based […]

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Antarctic Sea Ice Takes Over More Of The Ocean Than Ever Before

by Elizabeth Howell October 31, 2013

Antarctica’s sea ice is creeping further out in the ocean! New data from a Japanese satellite shows that sea ice surrounding the southern continent in late September reached out over 7.51 million square miles (19.47 million square kilometers). The extent — a slight increase over 2012’s record of 7.50 million square miles (19.44 million square […]

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These Antarctic Research Photos Look Like Exploration on Another Planet

by Jason Major October 11, 2013

Some day, human explorers will land a spacecraft on the surface of Europa, Enceladus, Titan, or some other icy world and investigate first-hand the secrets hidden beneath its frozen surface. When that day comes — and it can’t come too soon for me! — it may look a lot like this. One of a series […]

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What Does Antarctica Look Like Under the Ice?

by Jason Major June 7, 2013

Although it sits isolated at the “bottom of the world” Antarctica is one of the most influential continents on Earth, affecting weather, climate, and ocean current patterns over the entire planet. But Antarctica is also one of the most enigmatic landmasses too, incredibly remote, extremely harsh, and covered by a layer of ice over 2 […]

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Super Good at Collecting Data, Massive Science Balloon Breaks Records

by John Williams February 5, 2013

Super-TIGER prepares for launch from Antarctica. NASA’s Super-TIGER science balloon landed Friday at a frigid and remote base in Antarctica after setting two duration records while gathering data about cosmic rays. There’s so much data that it will take scientists about two years to analyze, according to NASA.

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