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Radiation and Mars: Don’t forget the sun cream

The most obvious difference between the Earth and Mars is that Earth is almost double the size of its neighbour. Mars’ small size meant it cooled more rapidly and the liquid iron in its core eventually solidified, resulting in the planet’s … Continue reading

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10 photos that tell the story of Mars exploration

1. Holy gigapixels! This is technically cheating as following this link takes you to several gigapixel images of Mars that you can zoom and pan around, but they’re so amazing hopefully you can forgive me. These incredibly detailed images from … Continue reading

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Nitrate and the search for life on Mars

In order to understand if life ever existed on Mars we need to not only look for evidence of possible ancient Martian organisms but also try and understand if there were ever environments on ancient Mars that would have been … Continue reading

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Curiosity Rover and the mysterious Martian methane

In December exciting new data, including two new papers, from the Curiosity Rover team were released. The update focussed mainly on the detection of methane and other organic compounds by the rover. I’ll cover the other compounds in a more … Continue reading

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Minerals and the search for life on Mars

Understanding if life could ever have existed on Mars is one of the most challenging scientific questions facing us in the 21st Century. We know that the Martian surface at present is an arid environment bombarded with ultraviolet radiation, so … Continue reading

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The first glimpse of another world

On the 28th November 1659 Christiaan Huygens observed Mars with the relatively new invention of the telescope and became the first person in history to document a feature on another planet’s surface. He did not have sufficient magnification to discern … Continue reading

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