Latest Mariner 9 Stories

2010-05-18 10:20:00

Scientists say that after the Phoenix spacecraft discovered water on Mars in 2008, it is time the search is put on again for signs of life. This time, scientists want to bring Martian rock and soil samples back to Earth, where they could be analyzed for fossilized traces of alien bacteria, or chemical and biological clues that could only be explained by something that was alive. This kind of venture would be a three-part act, costing as much as $10 billion and taking several years to...

2008-10-28 15:00:09

The U.S. space agency says its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found evidence that liquid water remained on Mars far longer than previously theorized. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration spacecraft has observed hydrated silica, or opal, spread across large regions of Mars. That, scientists said, suggests liquid water was on the planet's surface as recently as 2 billion years ago. "This is an exciting discovery because it extends the time range for liquid water on Mars, and...

2005-02-28 07:20:00

How does an arid and bone-dry landscape form the largest canyon in the solar system? The question on Mars maps to the Valles Marineris, a crack in the planet so large as to dwarf the Grand Canyon and a primary imaging target for the Mars Express spacecraft. Astrobiology Magazine -- These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA's Mars Express spacecraft, show the central part of the 4000-kilometer long Valles Marineris canyon on Mars.The HRSC obtained these...

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  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.