Water escaped Mars in a whoosh not a trickle

Billions of years ago, Mars was a watery world, not the cold, dry place it is today. A new study partly solves the mystery of where all that water went.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Nasa's giant SLS rocket: a guide

Nasa's huge next-generation rocket is undergoing tests ahead of its maiden flight in 2021.

Nov. 13, 2020 ~7 min

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From Space Force to Artemis: what Joe Biden presidency may mean in orbit and beyond

With a new president in the White House and NASA's chief administrator resigning we can expect changes to space policy.

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Nov. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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‘Black beauty’ may blow up water’s origin story

New research turns the theory about where water comes from upside down. It may come out of the planet formation process, researchers say.

U. Copenhagen • futurity
Nov. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Planet Mars is at its 'biggest and brightest'

The Red Planet is unmissable in the night sky right now as its orbit aligns with Earth's.

Oct. 10, 2020 ~4 min

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Buried lakes of liquid water discovered on Mars

The underground lakes were detected in the Red Planet's south polar region.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Sept. 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Mars: mounting evidence for subglacial lakes, but could they really host life?

New findings boost chances of finding life on Mars, but there are better candidates in the solar system.

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
Sept. 28, 2020 ~7 min

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Ancient microbial life used arsenic to thrive in a world without oxygen

How ancient microbes survived in a world without oxygen has been a mystery. Scientists discovered a living microbial mat that uses arsenic instead of oxygen for photosynthesis and respiration.

Kimberley L Gallagher, Adjunct professor, Quinnipiac University • conversation
Sept. 25, 2020 ~9 min

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The four most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system

The clouds of Venus may harbour alien life. But where else?

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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