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Geology and astrobiology of McLaughlin Crater

[Editor’s note: From a paper by Joseph Michalski and seven co-authors recently published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.] The Geology and Astrobiology of McLaughlin Crater, Mars: An Ancient Lacustrine Basin Containing Turbidites, Mudstones, and Serpentinites • McLaughlin crater contained … Continue reading

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THEMIS: McLaughlin Crater in false color

THEMIS Image of the Day, April 9, 2019. The large crater at the bottom of today’s image is called McLaughlin Crater. It is located west of Mawrth Vallis, on the margin between Arabia Terra and Chryse Planitia. The THEMIS VIS … Continue reading

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HiRISE: Mars 2020 candidate landing site in McLaughlin Crater

McLaughlin Crater (21.9 N, 337.6 E) is a large, approximately 95-kilometer diameter impact crater located north of Mawrth Vallis, in Arabia Terra, a region that was made famous by the book and movie “The Martian” by Andy Weir. McLaughlin Crater … Continue reading

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Ancient Mars biosphere: deep underground?

Something like half of Earth’s entire biomass lies underground in the form of microorganisms living off geothermal heat and chemicals in the crustal rocks. Could the same hold true for Mars, now or in bygone times? If so, it’s hard … Continue reading

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