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Creepy stuff: possible solifluction on Mars

Planetary Geomorphology Image of the Month, November 30, 2017: Andreas Johnsson (University of Gothenburg, Sweden). Small-scale lobes on Mars (Fig. 1) are tens to hundreds of meters wide and consist of an arcuate frontal riser that is a meter to … Continue reading

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Four edible crops grown on simulated Mars soil

Scientists of Wageningen University & Research centre [in The Netherlands] are working on growing crops on Mars and moon soil simulants. Just like the real Martian and moon soil these contain heavy metals in almost the same quantities. Four of … Continue reading

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Curiosity update: ‘Windblown soil”

Sols 605-607, April 19-21, 2014: update on Curiosity from U.S. Geological Survey scientist Ken Herkenhoff: “I was scheduled as MAHLI/MARDI uplink lead last Friday, so I stayed an extra day in Pasadena after the MSL team meeting and.…” [More at … Continue reading

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Phoenix lander soil: dry for a long, long time

NASA’s Phoenix  spacecraft landed on the high northern plains of Mars. Among its instruments were optical and atomic-force microscopes. A team of scientists led by Tom Pike (Imperial College, London) used these to measure the size and number of particles … Continue reading

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