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Lake under south polar ice cap requires local heat source

Thermal modeling suggests that active magmatism in the past few hundred thousand years could account for the presence of a large lake previously hypothesized beneath the Red Planet’s southern ice cap. Liquid water appears to be a fundamental requirement for … Continue reading

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Volcanism under the south pole ice cap of Mars?

A study published last year in the journal Science suggested liquid water is present beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. Now, a new study in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters argues there needs to be an underground … Continue reading

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Mars Express: From worry to water

In 2004, a year after Europe’s first mission to Mars was launched, the flight dynamics team at ESA’s operations centre encountered a serious problem. New computer models showed a worrying fate for the Mars Express spacecraft if mission controllers continued … Continue reading

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Mars Express radar finds liquid water under Mars south polar region

Editor’s note: NASA has commented on this discovery. Radar data collected by ESA’s Mars Express point to a pond of liquid water buried under layers of ice and dust in the south polar region of Mars. [The researchers’ paper reporting … Continue reading

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Habitable environments at Arsia Mons?

Arsia Mons is one of the giant volcanos of Tharsis — Mars’ third tallest, in fact. During past cycles of climate change, it accumulated a large fan-shaped deposit of glacial ice on its northwest flank. (The other tall Tharsis volcanos … Continue reading

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