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Mars valleys traced back to precipitation

The surface of Mars bears imprints of structures that resemble fluvial steam networks on Earth. Scientists therefore assume that there must have been once...

Meteorite ‘Black Beauty’ expands window for when life might have existed...

The early surface of Mars consisting of a liquid magma ocean crystallized extremely rapidly, just 20 million year after the formation of the solar...

Learning about the Himalayas using Mars technology

The Himalayan Range includes some of the youngest and most spectacular mountains on Earth, but the rugged landscape that lends it the striking beauty...

Minerology on Mars points to a cold and icy ancient climate

The climate throughout Mars' early history has long been debated -- was the Red Planet warm and wet, or cold and icy? New research...

Yellowstone ‘extremely relevant’ to origin of life

Montana State University scientists have found a new lineage of microbes living in Yellowstone National Park's thermal features that sheds light on the origin...

A Yellowstone guide to life on Mars

A University of Cincinnati geology student is helping NASA determine whether life existed on other planets. Doctoral candidate Andrew Gangidine is working with UC geology...

Life in world’s driest desert seen as sign of potential life...

For the first time, researchers have seen life rebounding in the world's driest desert, demonstrating that it could also be lurking in the soils...

Did surface life evolve on Mars? scientist makes key discoveries in...

The planet Mars has long drawn interest from scientists and non-scientists as a possible place to search for evidence of life beyond Earth because...

Arsenic and permafrost microbes help hunt for life on Mars

Studying environments that are similar to Mars, and their microbial ecosystems, could help prepare biologists to identify traces of life in outer space. In some...

Steep slopes on Mars reveal structure of buried ice on Red...

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars' surface are exposed in faces of...

Ice shapes the landslide landscape on Mars

How good is your Martian geography? Does Valles Marineris ring a bell? This area is known for having landslides that are among the largest...

Water On Mars? : Previous evidence of water on Mars now...

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust...

Microbes Leave “Fingerprints” on Martian Rocks

At the Department of Biophysical Chemistry at the University of Vienna, Tetyana Milojevic and her team have been operating a miniaturized "Mars farm" in...

Study shows how water could have flowed on ‘cold and icy’...

For scientists trying to understand what ancient Mars might have been like, the red planet sends some mixed signals. Water-carved valleys and lakebeds leave...

Mars study yields clues to possible cradle of life

The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin...

New light shed on how Earth and Mars were created

Analysing a mixture of earth samples and meteorites, scientists from the University of Bristol have shed new light on the sequence of events that...

Hot rocks, not warm atmosphere, led to relatively recent water-carved valleys...

Present-day Mars is a frozen desert, colder and more arid than Antarctica, and scientists are fairly sure it's been that way for at least...

Rover findings indicate stratified lake on ancient Mars

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a...

Rivers on three worlds tell different tales

The environment on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, may seem surprisingly familiar: Clouds condense and rain down on the surface, feeding rivers that flow into...

Mars volcano, Earth’s dinosaurs went extinct about the same time

New NASA research reveals that the giant Martian shield volcano Arsia Mons produced one new lava flow at its summit every 1 to 3...

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