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History of Mars’ water, seen through the lens of Gale Crater

The surface of Mars today is cold, dry, and inhospitable to life. But was it always so? Past research indicates that the Red Planet may have been a very different world more than 3 billion years ago, with warmer weather, … Continue reading

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Valley networks point to much wetter past

A new study led by Northern Illinois University geography professor Wei Luo calculates the amount of water needed to carve the ancient network of valleys on Mars and concludes the Red Planet’s surface was once much more watery than previously … Continue reading

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THEMIS: South polar cap layers

THEMIS Image of the Day, March 3, 2017. This VIS image shows the layering of the South Polar cap of Mars. The image is located at the margin between the cap ice and the surrounding plains (bottom of image). More … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Pages from the south polar climate history book

THEMIS Image of the Day, February 22, 2017. Today’s VIS image shows part of the south polar cap. It is now summer in the region and the surface frosts are gone. The layers of ice comprising the cap are now … Continue reading

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Early Mars climate changes driven by carbonate – silicate cycle

Dramatic climate cycles on early Mars, triggered by buildup of greenhouse gases, may be the key to understanding how liquid water left its mark on the planet’s surface, according to a team of planetary scientists. Scientists have long debated how … Continue reading

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