aug 132013
Radar Reveals What Lies Beneath the Surface of Mars

  There is much more to Mars than meets the eye. By using the radar on Mars Express, we can see several kilometers below the surface to see what lies beneath.   A color image of the Hellas Planitia region of Mars; north toward top. The scene shows the Hellas plain within the 1,800- km-diameter Hellas basin, [continue reading]

mrt 082013
Water Channels Discovered on Mars

  New maps of the subsurface of Mars show for the first time buried channels below the surface of the red planet. Mars is considered to have been cold and dry over the past 2.5 billion years, but these channels suggest evidence of flooding. Fig. 1. The location of the ~ 1000 km Marte Vallis [continue reading]

sep 102012
Habitable Planets Could Be Much More Widespread Than Thought

  A new scientific model to understand the amount of our Universe which is habitable developed by University of Aberdeen scientists was announced on September 7 at the British Science Festival, one of Europe’s largest science festivals that regularly attracts over 350 of the UK’s top scientists and speakers to discuss the latest developments in science with [continue reading]

aug 022012
Water Once Flowed from the Southern Highlands of Mars

  ESA’s Mars Express has observed the southern part of a partially buried approximately 440-km wide crater, informally named Ladon basin. The images, near to where Ladon Valles enters this large impact region reveal a variety of features, most notably the double interconnected impact craters Sigli and Shambe, the basins of which are criss-crossed by extensive [continue reading]

jul 292012
Researchers Exploring Martian 'Oddities'

  Investigating extremely detailed images of Mars produced by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera – the largest-ever carried on a deep space mission – researchers from Western have discovered further evidence linking subsurface volatiles, such as water or ice, to previously recognized (but thought to be rare) pits, which commonly arise on [continue reading]

apr 162012
Meteorite, Comet and Asteroid Impacts Could be Boon for Life

A drilling project into the Chesapeake Bay impact crater has found evidence that the subsurface may become more habitable after a large impact. An incoming asteroid is trouble whether you’re a dinosaur or a Bruce Willis fan. But microbes living deep underground may actually welcome the news, according to a recent study of an ancient [continue reading]