Captain HiRISE, Space Detective Beams Martian History Album To Earth

by Elizabeth Howell June 5, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Mars, that ever-changing and beautiful Red Planet practically next door to us, is one of the most well-studied places humans have in the universe. We’ve sent spacecraft there for about 50 years. Yet there’s still a lot of mysteries out there. NASA’s Mars […]

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New Gully Appears On Mars, But It’s Likely Not Due To Water

by Elizabeth Howell March 19, 2014

Check out the groove! In the blink of a geological lifetime, a new gully has appeared on the planet Mars. These images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show a new channel in the southern hemisphere region of Terra Siernum that appeared between November 2010 and May 2013. While there’s a lot of chatter about water […]

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Are These Water Flows On Mars? Quite Possibly, New Observations Reveal

by Elizabeth Howell February 10, 2014

What a tangled web of water and water ice stories on Mars. There’s likely some underground. There’s definitely some at the north pole. And we are pretty certain water flowed there in the ancient past. But what about surface water today, right now, in the view of our many orbiting cameras at the Red Planet? […]

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Martian Avalanches And Defrosting Dunes Among New Gorgeous HiRISE Images

by Elizabeth Howell February 6, 2014

As NASA’s missions at the Red Planet age, it’s so important not to take any of the pictures beamed back to Earth for granted. The latest release of raw images from the University of Arizona’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, launched in 2005) is as close as most of us […]

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Is There Martian Salty Water At The Red Planet’s Equator? These Lines May Be The Smoking Gun

by Elizabeth Howell December 11, 2013

Get ready, because here are some more findings about possible water on Mars. This picture above from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a series showing changing dark lines on an equatorial hillside — which could be an indication of salty water, scientists said. As MRO circled the planet and peered at the lines with its High […]

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