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Groundwater origin for recurring slope lineae?

In mid-2018, researchers supported by the Italian Space Agency detected the presence of a deep-water lake on Mars under its south polar ice caps. [Ed. note: previously reported here.] Now researchers at the USC Arid Climate and Water Research Center … Continue reading

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Mapping potential sources of Mars water

Missions carrying humans to Mars will require on-site resources, and a project led by Planetary Science Institute (PSI) scientists Nathaniel Putzig and Gareth Morgan is mapping the availability of potential shallow water-ice sources across the surface of the Red Planet. … Continue reading

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Mars Express: Geological evidence of a global groundwater system

[Ed. note: This research was reported earlier here.] Mars Express has revealed the first geological evidence of a system of ancient interconnected lakes that once lay deep beneath the Red Planet’s surface, five of which may contain minerals crucial to … Continue reading

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Geological evidence for a planet-wide groundwater system on Mars

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Francesco Salese and four co-authors recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] Geological evidence of planet-wide groundwater system on Mars • Geological evidence supporting Martian planet-wide groundwater upwelling • Water-saturated zone intercepted by … Continue reading

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Portable radar unit could help astronauts hunt for water on Mars

Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water. ScanMars is an Italian experiment that was used to identify subsurface water features in the Mars-like Dhofar region of Oman during … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Crosscross tectonics in Lycus Sulci

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 14, 2018. Lycus Sulci is a very complex region surrounding the northern and western flanks of Olympus Mons. This VIS image shows some of the tectonic features found in Lycus Sulci as well as … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Complex feature in Hephaestus Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 8, 2018. This VIS image is located at the eastern end of Hephaestus Fossae. Hephaestus Fossae is a channel system in Utopia Planitia near Elysium Mons. It has been proposed that the channel formed … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Fault-edged blocks of Sacra Fossae

THEMIS Image of the Day, August 2, 2018. The right angle intersections in this VIS image are some of the graben that form Sacra Fossae. The fossae are located on the margin of Lunae Planum near the beginning of Kasei … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Aram Chaos’ crumbling mesas

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 27, 2018. In this VIS image of part of Aram Chaos, the surface region is being dissected by linear valleys. As the dissection continues individual mesas will develop, creating the terrain termed chaotic. The … Continue reading

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THEMIS: Collapsing ground in Margaritifer Chaos

THEMIS Image of the Day, June 26, 2018. Today’s VIS image shows a small section on Margaritifer Chaos. The term chaos is applied to regions where the surface is being eroded to form mesas. As the surface processes continue individual … Continue reading

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