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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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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...

2009-10-23 15:35:00

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Vertigo, Inc., a subsidiary of HDT Engineered Technologies (HDT), was recognized by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for its contributions as members of the Mars Phoenix Lander Entry, Descent and Landing Team. The first in NASA's Scout Program, Phoenix was launched to Mars in 2007 to study the history of water and habitability potential in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil. Dara Sabahi, Director at NASA's Jet...

2009-09-24 13:45:00

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed frozen water hiding just below the surface of mid-latitude Mars. The spacecraft's observations were obtained from orbit after meteorites excavated fresh craters on the Red Planet. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists controlling instruments on the orbiter found bright ice exposed at five Martian sites with new craters that range in depth from...

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2009-07-15 16:38:22

The U.S. space agency says an engineer at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory will narrate a two-hour TV documentary exploring the possibility of alien life. Gentry Lee, a chief engineer for JPL's solar system missions, will narrate the Discovery Channel documentary that looks at the possibility of alien life from a scientific perspective, including the factors that would be necessary to produce life elsewhere in our galaxy. NASA said Lee was chief engineer for the Galileo spacecraft project from...

2008-12-04 10:12:00

HAMPTON, Va., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ten years in the making, NASA's Mars Phoenix Lander successfully completed its mission last month. The mission uncovered significant discoveries about never-before explored areas of the Red Planet. Scientists were able to verify the presence of water-ice in the Martian subsurface, find small concentrations of salts that could be nutrients for life, and observe snow descending from the clouds. (Logo:...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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