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A new study, led by the Planetary Science Institute's Senior Scientists Candice Hansen, shows that the spring thaw on Mars leads to a variety of geologic changes on the planet's surface.
Scientists are now able to better explain why Marsâ€™s residual southern ice cap is misplaced, thanks to data from ESAâ€™s Mars Express spacecraft - the martian weather system is to blame. And so is the largest impact crater on Mars â€“ even though it is nowhere near the south pole.
Scientists are scrambling to find an alternative landing site for a long-armed robot set to launch this summer on a mission to dig into Mars' icy north pole to search for signs of primitive life.
Every spring brings violent eruptions to the south polar ice cap of Mars, according to researchers interpreting new observations by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter.
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