What’s this all about?

What’s up with Mars? What’s happening in scientific research on the Red Planet? What’s new and interesting?

The Red Planet Report scans the published scientific literature on Mars and gives you short summaries of the most interesting results, written so you can understand what they mean. If you’re interested in Mars research, but don’t have the time to plow through journals and papers to find new results, we’ll do it for you.

We also publish short items that link to new images and data from various Mars spacecraft and news releases relating to Mars research and exploration from national and international space agencies and academia. We hope to serve as a “heads-up” site to save you a lot of time in chasing down Mars items of interest.

Who are we? This is coming from the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Responsible for the site’s content are Philip Christensen, Regents’ Professor of Geological Sciences, and Robert Burnham, science writer and public information officer. The scientists and researchers here are operating instruments on NASA spacecraft at Mars. The main instrument is the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter; we also operate the Mini-TES mineral scouting instruments on the Mars Exploration Rovers. But the Red Planet Report‘s coverage of Mars research will reach far beyond the spacecraft and missions we are involved in — discoveries and findings in all areas of Mars science are relevant.

We have a short FAQ page with basic background info on Mars. It’s pretty basic, so it also includes links to more detailed information elsewhere. If there’s something in particular you’re interested in seeing, please drop us a line.

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