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2014-10-23 20:20:37

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NASA's Rover Opportunity Views Comet Siding Spring Near Mars
2014-10-21 03:29:49

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured images of a comet passing much closer to Mars than any previous known comet flyby of Earth or Mars. The images of comet Siding Spring were taken against a backdrop of the pre-dawn Martian sky on Sunday (Oct. 19).

Mars Orbiter Image Shows Nucleus Of Comet Siding Spring Is Small
2014-10-21 03:15:54

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured views of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring while that visitor sped past Mars on Sunday (Oct. 19), yielding information about its nucleus.

comet visit to mars
2014-10-20 06:36:17

Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter were all in good shape following comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring’s flyby of the Red Planet on Sunday, NASA officials have confirmed.

siding spring
2014-10-19 05:44:19

A mountain-sized comet called C/2013 A1 will pass within 87,000 miles of Mars on Sunday afternoon, bringing it closer to the Red Planet than the Earth is to the moon and nearer than any comet in the past one million years.

MAVEN Spectrograph
2014-10-14 13:58:49

MASA's Mars MAVEN spacecraft has provided its first look at a storm of energetic solar particles and produced ultraviolet images of the tenuous oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon coronas surrounding the Red Planet.

MIT-Mars-One
2014-10-14 12:35:26

An independent evaluation of the Mars One project, a Netherlands-based effort to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet by the year 2025, suggests the project is likely to fail unless new technologies are developed to help keep residents alive.

2014-10-14 12:21:38

DUBAI, UAE, October 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists, writers and philosophers have long been fascinated by the prospect of life on the Red Planet.


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Hematite (AE) or haematite (BE) is the mineral form of Iron (III) oxide, (Fe2O3), one of several iron oxides. The ore sometimes contains slight amounts of titanium. When shaped into ornaments, it is often called black diamond. Hematite is a very common mineral, coloured black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is mined as the main ore of iron. Varieties include Bloodstone, Iron Rose, Kidney Ore, Martite, Paint Ore, Specularite (Specular Hematite), Rainbow Hematite...

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Terraforming -- Terraforming (literally, "Earth-shaping") is the process of modifying a planet, moon or other body to a more habitable atmosphere, temperature or ecology. The term was first used in a science fiction novel, 'Seetee Shock' (1940?) by Jack Williamson, but the actual concept is older than that. An example in fiction is 'First and Last Men' by Olaf Stapledon in which Venus is modified, after a long and destructive war with the original inhabitants, who naturally object to the...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Extraterrestrial Life -- Extraterrestrial life is life beyond planet Earth (apart from humans travelling in space, and living organisms they bring along or send). There are many questions about extraterrestrial life, including: -- Does it exist? -- Where? -- What kind? -- Could there be non-carbon based life forms, e.g. life forms based on other elements like silicon (See Carbon chauvinism)? -- How does life differ depending on the type of structure (unicellular life,...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Drake Equation -- The Drake equation (also known as the Green Bank equation) is a famous result in the speculative fields of xenobiology and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. This equation was devised by Dr. Frank Drake in the 1960s in an attempt to estimate the number of extraterrestrial civilizations in our galaxy with which we might come in contact. The main purpose of the equation is to allow scientists to quantify the uncertainty of the factors which determine the number...

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Olympus Mons -- Olympus Mons is the tallest mountain in the solar system, at 25 km. Located on Mars, and officially called by its Latin name Olympus Mons. It is named for the mountain on Earth. Olympus Mons is an apparently extinct shield volcano, the result of highly fluid magma flowing out of volcanic vents over a long period of time, and is much wider than it is tall; the average slope of Olympus Mons' flanks is very gradual. The Hawaiian islands are an example of similar shield...

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Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.