Team measures Mars from crust to core

Seismologists used data from NASA's InSight Lander to get measurements deep within Mars. What they learned might clarify planetary formation.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~6 min

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Simulations highlight “messy” Mars landings

Researchers aim to update Apollo-era information about rocket-powered landings on dusty celestial bodies like Mars with new supercomputer simulations.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~5 min

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Dust storms may shed light on life on Mars

The chemical reactions that dust storms on Mars cause indicate that our quest to find life on the red planet may need to go beneath the surface.

Shawn Ballard-Wash. U. in St. Louis • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~7 min

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Wiggly ‘Mini Rover’ can handle otherworldly sand traps

A new kind of "mini rover" moves in could go places that other wheeled rovers couldn't, such as up a sandy hill.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

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Jezero crater on Mars may harbor signs of life

River delta deposits in Mars' Jezero crater formed on and off for 400,000 years—long enough to record evidence of ancient life, new research shows.

Danielle Torrent Tucker-Stanford • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Fleets of ‘nanocardboard’ aircraft could explore Mars

Tiny nanocardboard probes that weigh less than a fruit fly could levitate through the Martian skies to gather data.

Evan Lerner-Pennsylvania • futurity
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

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‘Black Beauty’ meteorite spotlights watery past on Mars

New research digs into the red planet's past to figure out where water on Mars actually came from.

U. Arizona • futurity
March 30, 2020 ~7 min

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‘Marsquakes’ rock the red planet almost every day

NASA's Insight mission to Mars is giving researchers a closer look at the planet and its "marsquakes," researchers say.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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At Jezero crater, Mars mineral may preserve signs of ancient life

Jezero crater, the landing site for NASA's Mars 2020 rover, appears to harbor a mineral that could preserve signs of ancient life, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~4 min

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Mars used to have salty lakes

Mars once had salt lakes, similar to some on Earth. Scientists now have an idea as to what happened to them.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 15, 2019 ~4 min

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