Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana


Name Mars Rover

NASA is sending another rover to Mars in July 2020. The 2,300 pound rover will search for signs of microbial life in the Martian past, characterize the climate and geology, and collect samples.

Martian Storms & Water Loss

Scientists have discovered a link between dust storms and water vapor loss.

Early Mars Like Earth

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s report of early conditions on Mars has researchers making comparisons to early Earth’s life-forming conditons.

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.

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