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Water On Mars Would Have Been Below Planet's Surface
2011-11-02 13:41:36

NASA said on Wednesday that if life ever existed on Mars, the longest lasting habitats were most likely below the planet's surface. The study suggests that Martian environments with abundant liquid water on the surface existed only during short episodes. NASA said these episodes occurred toward the end of a period of hundreds of millions of years, during which warm water interacted with subsurface rock. The space agency said that this has implications about whether life existed on...

Image 1 - Opportunity Checking Out Chester Lake Rock
2011-09-15 05:04:09

  Mars rover poised on rock that may yield yet more evidence of a wet Mars Shortly after Labor Day 2011, the Mars rover Opportunity was poised on the rim of the 22,000 meter-wide Endeavour Crater, preparing to sample a novel rock type. Much older than the sedimentary samples the rover´s “tasted” so far, this new sample is flush with the promise of revealing clues to the planet´s environment when running rivers coursed the surface. What was supposed to have...

2011-08-10 10:42:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a journey of almost three years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) On Aug. 9, the golf cart-sized rover relayed its arrival at a location named Spirit Point on the crater's rim. Opportunity drove approximately 13 miles (21 kilometers) after climbing out of the Victoria crater....

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2011-08-10 11:25:00

NASA said on Wednesday that its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the planet's Endeavour Crater after a three year journey. The rover relayed its arrival at a location named Spirit Point on the crater's rim. NASA selected "Spirit Point" as an informal name for the site to commemorate Opportunity's rover twin, Spirit, which ended communication and finished its mission earlier this year. Opportunity has driven roughly 13 miles since climbing out of the Victoria crater. "NASA is...

2011-08-04 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "NASA's Mars Exploration Program keeps bringing us closer to determining whether the Red Planet could harbor life in some form," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said, "and it reaffirms Mars as an important future destination for human...

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2011-08-04 13:55:00

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found possible flowing water on Mars. A team using the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars orbiter have tracked seasonal changes to determine that finger-like features appear and extend down some Martian slopes during the warmest months of the Mars year. The features fade during the winter, and return during the next spring.  Repeated observations have tracked the seasonal changes in these recurring features on several steep slopes in...

2011-08-03 09:30:50

Science Journal Has Embargoed Details Until 2 p.m. EDT on Aug. 4 NASA will host a news briefing on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 2 p.m. EDT about a significant new Mars science finding. The briefing will be held in the NASA Headquarters James E. Webb Auditorium, 300 E St. SW in Washington. The new finding is based on observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has been orbiting the Red Planet since 2006. MRO is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the...


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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
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