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Phobos, Deimos formed after giant impact

Southwest Research Institute scientists posit a violent birth of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, but on a much smaller scale than the giant impact thought to have resulted in the Earth-Moon system. Their work shows that an impact … Continue reading

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Crustal dichotomy: First a giant impact, then a superplume at the antipode

The result of collaboration between researchers at UC Berkeley, USA and the Institute of Earth Sciences, Taiwan, suggests a two-stage process to explain the martian crustal dichotomy. The dichotomy is a 5-km elevation difference between the northern and southern hemispheres … Continue reading

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HRSC: Mars impact crater or supervolcano?

These images from [the High Resolution Stereo Camera on] ESA’s Mars Express show a crater named Ismenia Patera on the Red Planet. Its origin remains uncertain: did a meteorite smash into the surface or could it be the remnants of … Continue reading

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Asteroids from a martian mega-impact?

Like evidence left at a crime scene, the mineral olivine may be the clue that helps scientists piece together Mars’s possibly violent history. Could a long-ago giant impact have flung pieces of Mars throughout our inner solar system? Two researchers … Continue reading

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Vapor loss during accretion shapes planetary compositions

Analysing a mixture of earth samples and meteorites, scientists from the University of Bristol have shed new light on the sequence of events that led to the creation of the planets Earth and Mars. Planets grow by a process of … Continue reading

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Mars’ big-impact history had a post-accretion lull

From the earliest days of our solar system’s history, collisions between astronomical objects have shaped the planets and changed the course of their evolution. Studying the early bombardment history of Mars, scientists at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the University … Continue reading

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Giant impact made Mars moons Phobos, Deimos

Where did the two natural satellites of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, come from? For a long time, their shape suggested that they were asteroids captured by Mars. However, the shape and course of their orbits contradict this hypothesis. Two independent … Continue reading

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