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Dormant viruses activate during spaceflight -- NASA investigates
Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published in Frontiers in Microbiology. (2019-03-15)
Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS returns spectacular images
Three years ago, on March 14 2016, the Bernese Mars camera CaSSIS started its journey to Mars with the 'ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter' spacecraft. (2019-03-14)
Researchers outline goals for collecting and studying samples from Mars
A new paper published in Meteoritics & Planetary Science describes the results of a major collaboration among 71 scientists from throughout the international science community to define specific scientific objectives for a Mars Sample Return campaign, to describe the critical measurements that would need to be done on returned samples to address the objectives, and to identify the kinds of samples that would be most likely to carry the key information. (2019-03-06)
Scientists tackle major challenges to sending astronauts to search for life on Mars
An international team of researchers, which includes scientists from McMaster's School of Geography & Earth Sciences, NASA, and others, is tackling one of the biggest problems of space travel to Mars: what happens when we get there? (2019-03-06)
Simulated extravehicular activity science operations for Mars exploration
A new study describes the Science Operations component and new results from NASA's Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains (BASALT). (2019-03-06)
Clues to Martian life found in Chilean desert
A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, has successfully recovered subsurface soil samples during a trial mission to find signs of life. (2019-02-28)
Northwestern study of analog crews in isolation reveals weak spots for Mission to Mars
Researchers are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns among crew members and head off problems that could make or break the Mission to Mars. (2019-02-17)
New study suggests possibility of recent underground volcanism on Mars
A study published last year in the journal Science suggested liquid water is present beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. (2019-02-12)
Developing a flight strategy to land heavier vehicles on Mars
The heaviest vehicle to successfully land on Mars is the Curiosity Rover at 1 metric ton, about 2,200 pounds. (2019-02-11)
Curiosity's first attempt at gravimetry advances martian geology
By cleverly repurposing a device onboard Curiosity normally used to detect the rover's movements on Mars to measure slight variations in gravitational fields instead, researchers have refined the understanding of how Gale crater and the mountain at its center formed. (2019-01-31)
Mars rover Curiosity makes first gravity-measuring traverse on the Red Planet
A clever use of non-science engineering data from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has let a team of researchers, including an Arizona State University graduate student, measure the density of rock layers in Gale Crater. (2019-01-31)
Scientists find 'new' science instrument on Mars rover Curiosity
NASA's Curiosity Rover may have been ambling around the Gale Crater on Mars for nearly seven years but scientists have found a way to use it for something new: making the first surface gravity measurements on a planet other than Earth. (2019-01-31)
New research uses Curiosity rover to measure gravity on Mars
A team of researchers repurposed navigational sensors aboard NASA's Curiosity rover, enabling the scientists to measure gravity on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, a peak that rises from the center of Gale Crater. (2019-01-31)
Brain condition related to long-term spaceflights needs more attention, data
Recognizing the need for more data related to the effects of microgravity on the human body, Medical University of South Carolina neuroradiologist Donna Roberts, M.D., and co-author Lonnie G. (2019-01-24)
Deep biosphere beneath the seafloor explored at American Geophysical Union fall meeting
The scientists are working to understand the nature of subseafloor microbial communities and whether these communities are unique. (2018-12-12)
Drug wholesalers drove fentanyl's deadly rise, report concludes
Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid implicated in nearly 29,000 overdose deaths in the United States last year, most likely spread because of heroin and prescription pill shortages, and also because it was cheaper for drug wholesalers than heroin, according to a report on illicit US drug markets by researchers at UC San Francisco. (2018-12-04)
Immune health in space
With a new crew arriving at the International Space Station, astronauts will be relieved to know that they won't have to worry about a major aspect of their immune system being compromised. (2018-12-04)
Mars moon got its grooves from rolling stones, study suggests
Computer models developed by Brown University researchers shine a light on the origin of the Mars moon Phobos' distinctive grooves. (2018-11-20)
Overflowing crater lakes carved canyons across Mars
Today, most of the water on Mars is locked away in frozen ice caps. (2018-11-16)
The first rains in centuries in the Atacama Desert devastate its microbial life
The Atacama Desert, the driest and oldest desert on Earth, located in northern Chile, hides a hyper-arid core in which no rain has been recorded during the past 500 years. (2018-11-14)
For arid, Mars-like Peruvian desert, rain brings death
When rains fell on the arid Atacama Desert, it was reasonable to expect floral blooms to follow. (2018-11-14)
Scientists capture the sound of sunrise on Mars
Academics transform photo of landmark Mars sunrise into a piece of music (2018-11-09)
Evidence of outburst flooding indicates plentiful water on early Mars
The presence of water on Mars has been theorized for centuries. (2018-11-03)
Naturally occurring 'batteries' fueled organic carbon synthesis on Mars
Mars' organic carbon may have originated from a series of electrochemical reactions between briny liquids and volcanic minerals, according to analyses of three Martian meteorites. (2018-10-31)
Novel insights into the heart health benefits of cocoa flavanols and procyanidins
A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition adds to the body of data demonstrating that bioactive compounds found in cocoa can keep the heart healthy -- but two types of bioactives called flavanols and procyanidins behave differently in the body. (2018-10-26)
The threat of Centaurs for the Earth
Astrophysicists from the University of Vienna, in collaboration with Elizabeth A. (2018-10-08)
UCF selling experimental Martian dirt -- $20 a kilogram, plus shipping
The University of Central Florida is selling Martian dirt, $20 a kilogram plus shipping. (2018-09-28)
Software finds the best way to stick a Mars landing
Researchers at MIT have developed a software tool for computer-aided discovery that could help mission planners make these decisions. (2018-09-27)
Large stretches of coral reefs can be rehabilitated
Coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large scales using a relatively inexpensive technique, according to a study led by UC Davis in partnership with Mars Symbioscience. (2018-09-27)
Interpreting new findings of methane on Mars
New data from the Mars Science Laboratory demonstrating the presence of methane presents novel challenges to explain how it was formed and what it suggests about the potential for life to exist or be supported on Mars. (2018-09-26)
How a tiny Curiosity motor identified a massive Martian dust storm
When dust filled the Martian atmosphere during the recent planet-wide dust storm, observations were plentiful -- even from unlikely instruments. (2018-09-26)
Ancient Mars had right conditions for underground life, new research suggests
A new study shows that the breakdown of water molecules trapped in ancient Martian rocks likely produced enough chemical energy to sustain microorganisms for hundreds of millions of years beneath the Red Planet's surface. (2018-09-24)
Martian moon may have come from impact on home planet, new study suggests
Phobos, the larger of Mars' two tiny satellites, is the darkest moon in the solar system. (2018-09-24)
Ph.D. student develops spinning heat shield for future spacecraft
A University of Manchester Ph.D. student has developed a prototype flexible heat shield for spacecraft that could reduce the cost of space travel and even aid future space missions to Mars. (2018-08-09)
Corn variety gets nutrients from bacteria, potentially reducing need for fertilizer
Is it possible to grow cereal crops without having to rely on energy-requiring commercial fertilizers? (2018-08-07)
NASA's Planet-hunting TESS catches a comet before starting science
Before NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) started science operations on July 25, 2018, the planet hunter sent back a stunning sequence of serendipitous images showing the motion of a comet. (2018-08-06)
Mars terraforming not possible using present-day technology
Science fiction writers have long featured terraforming, the process of creating an Earth-like or habitable environment on another planet, in their stories. (2018-07-30)
New family photos of Mars and Saturn from Hubble
In summer 2018 the planets Mars and Saturn are, one after the other, in opposition to Earth. (2018-07-26)
Huge reservoir of liquid water detected under the surface of Mars
Providing resolution to a decades-long debate over whether liquid water is present on Mars, researchers using radar to probe the planet's polar ice caps have detected a lake of liquid water under the Martian ice. (2018-07-25)
Where Martian dust comes from
The dust that coats much of the surface of Mars originates largely from a single thousand-kilometer-long geological formation near the Red Planet's equator. (2018-07-24)
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