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Mars

Night Snow on Mars

Using three computer models at one time to simulate conditions on Mars, scientists were able to explain the phenomena of heavy night snowstorms.

Martian Water Underground

Water in the form of ice has been discovered in abundance under the surface of Mars. It’s an accessible water source for future use by astronauts.

Solar Wind Effect on Mars

Mars appears to have had a thick atmosphere, warm and wet enough for liquid water to support life forms. What changed the Martian atmosphere to the cold and dry atmosphere of today?

Auroras on Mars

Sometimes the red planet has green skies!

Mystery Plumes on Mars

Mysterious plumes have been seen high above the surface of Mars by amateur astronomers. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope spotted one in 1997. The last plumes were spotted twice in 2012.

Mars Meteorite in Sahara

A meteorite found in the Sahara desert of Northern Africa has helped scientists learn about the history of Mars where the meteorite originated.

Snow on Mars

Mars has different types of snow near its North Polar Region compared to its South Polar Region. In the North, it has normal snow, like Earth’s snow, made from water frozen as ice.

Ancient Oceans on Mars

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express used the MARSIS radar (a sub-surface Sounding Radar Altimeter) to search under the surface of Mars to about 200-250 feet (60-80 meters).

Mars Rover Finds Water

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became stuck on one spot on the Martian surface and could no longer roam around to gather data.

Mars Has Activity

When there is no geologic activity on a planet or moon, such as volcanic activity releasing magmas, ice flows, or gasses, a planet or moon is considered dead, meaning inactive.

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