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Martian Geology More Diverse Than Thought
2013-11-18 13:23:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, scientists have thought of Mars as being made up of just one kind of rock – a very simplistic planet compared to the diverse geology of Earth. However, a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience suggests there may be granite on Mars and puts forward a theory for how it could have formed there. "We're providing the most compelling evidence to date that Mars has granitic rocks," said study author James Wray, an...

Mars Hopper instead of rover
2013-09-24 12:36:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most of us are familiar with the name "Hopper" as Dish Network's DVR box, but soon enough we may know it as the newest resident on Mars. A team from Leicester University and the Astrium space company is proposing an idea for a new Martian rover that would hop from location to location, rather than move around on wheels like conventional rovers. The Mars hopper would be a rocket-propelled vehicle capable of traveling a half-mile or...

Images Beneath Mars Surface
2013-08-12 12:09:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A newly released image from the European Space Agency (ESA) offered a groundbreaking peek under the surface of Mars courtesy of the international agency’s Mars Express orbiter. Using ground penetrating radar, the spacecraft was able to image the composition of Mars several miles below the surface, revealing various layers of ice, dust and rock. The image essentially revealed a 3,500-mile slice through the planet’s southern...

ESA Images Mars Largest Volcano
2013-07-05 12:20:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Recently released images from the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express revealed new details of the largest known volcano in our solar system, Olympus Mons. The inactive Martian volcano rises to approximately 22,000 feet above the surrounding plain, which is more than twice the height of Earth's 10,000-foot high Mauna Kea volcano. Like Mauna Kea, Olympus Mons is a shield volcano, with gently sloping sides that extend outward in...

NASA Constructs Billion Pixel Image Of The Red Planet
2013-06-20 09:35:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (June 20, 2013 9:35 a.m.) Along with the NASA release of the first-ever billion-pixel mosaic of the surface of Mars within the Gale Crater, one company is taking the initiative to bring such brilliant displays to the public using its sophisticated technology. GigaPan, which offers gigapixel panoramas, is being utilized to display images taken by Mars Science Laboratory´s Curiosity rover. Equipped with a camera capable...

Mars Express Helps Develop New Maps Of Red Planet
2013-06-03 12:22:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft currently orbiting around the Red Planet has helped develop new global maps. ESA released the new Mars Express global maps on the 10th anniversary of the launch of the spacecraft. The maps trace the history of water and volcanic activity on the Red Planet, and also help identify sites of special interest for next generation Mars explorers. The maps were built from ten...

3-D Image Of Buried Mars Flood Channels
2013-03-08 05:54:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the first time ever, new maps of the subsurface of Mars show buried channels below the surface of the planet. These channels suggest evidence of flooding on a planet that has been considered by scientists to be cold and dry for the last 2.5 billion years. The young channels are located in Elysium Planitia, an expanse of plains along the equator. This region is also the youngest volcanic region on Mars. Understanding the scale and...

Surface Features of Mars
2013-02-06 16:59:45

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists will never know who first looked to the heavens and noticed the pale pink, barely visible orb that graces our early morning skies. We do know the Greeks named the red planet Ares in honor of their god of war. It wasn´t until the Romans came on the scene and renamed this celestial sphere for their own god of war, however, that we came to know our heavenly neighbor as Mars. Over the years, Mars has received a lot of...

Mars Rover Opportunity Finds Oddest 'Blueberries' Yet
2012-09-14 14:19:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's veteran rover Opportunity has sent back an image of the Martian surface that is pretty alien compared to what researchers are used to seeing. The image taken by Opportunity's Microscopic Imager contains these spherical objects that measure as much as one-eighth of an inch in diameter. The objects are different from iron-rich spherules nicknamed "blueberries" that Opportunity has run across before. Preliminary analysis shows...


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