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It Hasn’t Rained on Mars for a Long Time, but These Sand Dunes Look Like Raindrops, and They’re Filled with Chemicals Made in Water

A recent image from the MRO shows rows of olivine-rich dunes in the Copernicus Crater on Mars, a feature that…

2 weeks ago

Mars 2020 Rover Gets its Helicopter Sidekick

Work on the Mars 2020 Rover is heating up as the July/August 2020 launch date approaches. Mission engineers just attached…

2 weeks ago

ExoMars Parachute Test Fails, for the Second Time

The ExoMars 2020 mission hit another snag recently when a high-altitude parachute test resulted in damage again to one of…

4 weeks ago

Blankets of Silica Aerogel Could Make Parts of Mars Habitable

The idea of somehow terra-forming Mars to make it more habitable is a visionary, sci-fi dream. But though global terra-forming…

2 months ago

Mars’ North Pole is Doing the Dust Storms Thing Again

It's easy to take for granted the detailed, almost real-time knowledge of Mars that we have at our fingertips. After…

2 months ago

Where Does Mars’ Methane Go? New Study Provides Possible Answer, with Implications in the Search for Life.

A new study from Aarhus University offers new insight into what is making Mars' methane "disappear" - with serious implications…

2 months ago

Curiosity Sniffs a Spike in Methane. Could it be a Sign of Life?

The Curiosity rover has detected another methane plume on Mars, once again raising the issue of whether or not there…

3 months ago

New Ideas to Reduce Muscle Loss During Spaceflight

One of the obstacles to long space missions is the muscle loss that astronauts suffer from. It's called atrophy, and…

3 months ago

Martian Clouds Might Start with Meteor Trails Through the Atmosphere

On Earth, clouds form when enough droplets of water condense out of the air. And those droplets require a tiny…

3 months ago

Earth has a Water Cycle. Mars has a Dust Cycle

To say there are some myths circulating about Martian dust storms would be an understatement. Mars is known for its…

3 months ago