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  • Death of a Planet

    Death of a Planet

    This is the story of a discovery made on St. Patrick’s Day, 2015. We learned just how much Mars is at the mercy of our sun. During a solar outburst that hit Mars that day, the NASA spacecraft Maven measured an accelerated loss of molecules in its upper atmosphere. In its early days, Mars appears to have had enough surface water to cover the entire planet to a depth of 140 meters, and an atmosphere that was thick enough to […]

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  • Mars

    Mars

    Mars Express, the first planetary mission of the European Space Agency, was sent to the Red Planet in 2003. It sent a lander down to the surface, and although it failed to fully deploy , the orbiter has been taking pictures and mapping the surface ever since. It has produced high-resolution mineralogical maps, radar soundings of permafrost, and probing the composition of the atmosphere. Its images, now released for general use, show the dramatic landscapes of Mars, sculpted by ancient […]

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  • Are We Sabotaging Our Search For Life On Mars?

    Are We Sabotaging Our Search For Life On Mars?

    Here is a controversial opinion….. Something on Mars has the same DNA as life on Earth: bacteria! How does this happen and why is it a bad thing? Enjoy and share….

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  • What Lives on Mars?

    What Lives on Mars?

    We continue to look at Mars as an alternative to Earth,BUT looking at what the Rovers exploring Mars are finding, I think that it should prepare us for what Earth will look like in our not so distant future. To me Mars and its atmosphere looks a lot like what we on Earth are headed to. Just my opinion. At the end of the 19th century, the Italian astronomer, Giovanni Schiaparelli, noted markings running down the planet. He connected them […]

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  • The Challenges Humans Face on Mars

    The Challenges Humans Face on Mars

    Radiation There’s no shortage of challenges on a mission to Mars where an invisible threat places humans in danger at all times. Watch and learn about the hurdles facing future explorers of the Red Planet, and what NASA’s Human Research Program is doing right now, on the ground and aboard the International Space Station, to clear them in time for humanity’s next giant leap into the solar system. Enjoy and share…..

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  • Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Mars

    Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Mars

    NASA has announced that it has discovered evidence of flowing liquid salt water on Mars during the Red Planet’s summer months, in what is the biggest indication to date that the planet either has already supported life, or can support life in the future. The discovery comes thanks to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and its imaging spectrometer, which enabled researchers to find telltale signs of hydrated minerals on streaked-looking slopes. Needless to say, this could change both the course of […]

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  • ESA Spacecraft Captures Mars’ Mysterious South Pole

    ESA Spacecraft Captures Mars’ Mysterious South Pole

    This sweeping view by ESA’s Mars Express extends from the planet’s south polar ice cap and across its cratered highlands to the Hellas Basin (top left) and beyond. (ESA/DLR/FU Berlin, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO) Enjoy and share….     Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope Price: $239.95

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  • Plenty of Drinking Water on Mars

    Plenty of Drinking Water on Mars

    The trick to producing water for astronauts is to figure out how best to extract it from the soil and atmosphere. There is a lot of water on Mars and there once was a lot of surface flowing water. You don’t see it because most of it is mixed with the soil which we call regolith on Mars. So the Martian soil can be anywhere from as little as one percent in some very dry deserty like areas to as […]

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  • Surviving and Thriving on Mars

    Surviving and Thriving on Mars

    As NASA prepares for humans’ first steps on Mars in the 2030s, it is important to understand what is fact versus fiction about living on Mars. Join the discussion by asking questions of NASA experts through NASA Education’s Digital Learning Network. A representative from NASA will moderate questions during the program. Enjoy and share……         Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope Price: $239.95

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  • What Makes Liquid Water on Mars Possible?

    What Makes Liquid Water on Mars Possible?

    Doug Archer, Planetary Scientist at NASA Johnson Space Center, talks about perchlorate salts, a compound that absorbs water on Mars. Archer addresses how perchlorate can serve as a valuable resource for human exploration missions to Mars in the future. Enjoy and share……     Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $69.95 Price: $40.91

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