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Mars Weather Report At Gale Crater
2012-09-29 05:18:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has sent back a Martian weather report, showing surprisingly mild daytime temperatures. The rover's Remote Environment Monitoring Station (REMS) is the latest Martian meteorologist, and it has been keeping NASA updated with the weather on the Red Planet around Gale Crater. The latest data shows the average daytime air temperatures have reached a peak of 42 degrees Fahrenheit on Mars around Curiosity....

The Search For Potential Habitats For Life On Mars To Begin
2012-08-05 04:00:23

Whitney Heins, University of Tennessee, Knoxville NASA´s Curiosity rover is scheduled to land on Mars Sunday. Then, the work will begin for two University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professors searching for potentially habitable environments on the red planet. Linda Kah and Jeffrey Moersch, associate professors in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, are an integral part of the NASA team working on the rover. The Curiosity rover is looking for clues to whether the...

Curiosity To Dig Deeper For Evidence Of Life On Mars
2012-07-06 07:24:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, NASA's new Curiosity rover may be capable of digging deep enough to find evidence of ancient life on Mars. The findings suggest optimal depths and locations to probe for organic molecules like those that compose living organisms could be reached through the Curiosity rover, which is expected to land on the Red Planet on August 5, 2012. If there is any evidence...

Mars Suffering Through 600 Million Year Drought
2012-02-04 04:46:30

According to new research, Mars may have been arid for over 600 million years, making it inhospitable for life to survive. Researchers spent three years analyzing data on Martian soil that was collected during the 2008 NASA Phoenix mission to Mars. Phoenix touched down in the northern arctic region of the Red Planet to look for signs that it was habitable to support life by analyzing ice and soil on the surface. They found that the surface of Mars has been arid for hundreds of...

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2011-03-23 13:45:00

Planetary scientists claim that all life on Earth could be descended from organisms that originated on Mars which were carried over by meteorites. MIT research scientist Christopher Carr and post doctoral associate Clarissa Lui, along with other colleagues, based their study on several facts that have been well established. Scientists believe that in the early days of the solar system, climates on Mars and Earth were more similar than they are now.  They also say that about one billion...

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2011-01-19 06:25:00

Paul Mahaffy, the scientist in charge of the largest instrument on NASA's next Mars rover, watched through glass as clean-room workers installed it into the rover. The specific work planned for this instrument on Mars requires more all-covering protective garb for these specialized workers than was needed for the building of NASA's earlier Mars rovers. The instrument is Sample Analysis at Mars, or SAM, built by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. At the carefully selected...

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2010-10-15 06:40:00

Instruments designed by a UT Dallas professor to measure atmospheric components on the surface of Mars have uncovered important clues about the planet's atmosphere and climate history. The findings, published in a recent issue of the journal Science, reveal how carbon dioxide isotopes have reacted to volcanic activity, water and weathering "“ thus forming a more complete picture of the current Martian atmosphere. The NASA mission in which this work was accomplished was the Phoenix...

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2010-09-09 13:55:00

By Daniel Stolte, University Communications, and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory An instrument designed and built at the University of Arizona measured the isotopic composition of the Mars atmosphere, providing information about water on the planet Liquid water has interacted with the Martian surface throughout Mars' history, measurements by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suggest. The findings, published in the Sept. 10 issue of the journal Science, also suggest that liquid water has primarily...

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2010-09-03 14:35:00

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander discovered a surpise chemical in 2008, which suggests that carbon-based chemicals found in 1976 by Viking Mars landers could be from the Martian soil and not from cleaning fluids, according to a NASA statement released on Friday. "This doesn't say anything about the question of whether or not life has existed on Mars, but it could make a big difference in how we look for evidence to answer that question," said Chris McKay of NASA's Ames Research...


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lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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