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Arizona State researchers use multispectral images to reveal origin and evolution of planet Mercury
Using high-resolution and multispectral images, researchers have started the difficult process of determining the composition of Mercury's crust and chronicling its origin and evolution. (2009-04-30)

Rice students win NASA national design award
Five senior bioengineering students have designed a device to help astronauts keep their skeletons strong and healthy by measuring bone mineral density loss, literally on the fly. Their design of a bone-remodeling monitor for use in microgravity shared the top prize in NASA's third annual Systems Engineering Competition. (2009-04-23)

Mars explorer says we'll find life on other planets within 10 years
Within 10 years, we'll find life outside Earth -- that's the prediction of Peter Smith, the University of Arizona professor who led NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission. Smith held the audience spellbound in his lecture, (2009-04-21)

The search for unusual alien life on Earth and life that can survive on Mars
Questions such as (2009-04-21)

Polar pioneers of Earth and Mars receive American Geographical Society awards
Arctic explorers of Earth -- and Mars -- were presented national medals on April 15 at the University of Delaware during the awards ceremony of the American Geographical Society, the oldest nationwide geographical organization in the United States, founded in 1851. Researchers who played a significant role in saving the society's library, one of the largest geographical collections in the world, also were recognized. (2009-04-21)

Features of early Martian environment and presence of water drive search for life forms
Solar energy and winds, collisions with asteroids and comets, and changing magnetic fields have all altered the environment of Mars, a planet that may have been able to support life during its history, as documented in a special collection of papers published in the current issue of Astrobiology. (2009-04-16)

Control of hypersonic vehicles for planetary capture and entry missions
Global Aerospace Corp. announced today that it has begun development of a Hypersonic Control Modeling and Simulation Tool. This tool will allow engineers to model and simulate optimal control trajectories for planetary atmospheric entry and descent, aerodynamic orbital capture, and aerodynamic gravity assist missions. This new tool has direct applications to NASA Exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and Earth-return in addition to robotic space science missions to planets and satellites with substantial atmospheres. (2009-04-15)

Journey to the Martian arctic with space explorer April 16
Peter Smith, principal investigator of NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission, will highlight the novel spacecraft's discoveries in the (2009-04-09)

American Geographical Society awards honor Henson, Smith on April 15 at UD
The American Geographical Society's awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 15, at the University of Delaware will honor past and present polar explorers -- of this planet and of Mars. Also recognized will be the researchers who oversaw the gargantuan task of relocating the society's library, described as (2009-04-06)

DEIMOS joins MARS and its satellite of instruments on seafloor
The planet Mars has a moon named Deimos, so it seems only appropriate that the ocean observatory MARS in Monterey Bay have its own DEIMOS. This DEIMOS, however, is an underwater acoustic package designed to monitor movements of fish and zooplankton. (2009-03-18)

NASA researchers find clues to a secret of life
NASA scientists analyzing the dust of meteorites have discovered new clues to a long-standing mystery about how life works on its most basic, molecular level. (2009-03-17)

Impact specialist to receive Shoemaker Memorial Award at Arizona State
University of Arizona's planetary scientist and impact specialist H. Jay Melosh is this year's recipient of the Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Award presented by the BEYOND Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. (2009-03-04)

Mountain on Mars may answer big question
The Martian volcano Olympus Mons is about three times the height of Mount Everest, but it's the small details that Rice University professors Patrick McGovern and Julia Morgan are looking at in thinking about whether the Red Planet ever had -- or still supports -- life. (2009-03-04)

Gullies on Mars show tantalizing signs of recent water activity
Brown planetary geologists have located a gully system that appears to have been carved by melt water that originated in nearby snow and ice deposits. The gullies, which the team determined to be about 1.25 million years old, may represent the most recent period when water flowed on the planet. The findings appear on the cover of the March issue of Geology. (2009-03-02)

4 NASA Goddard scientists named 2009 elected AGU Fellows
Four scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. have been named Fellows of the American Geophysical Union. The American Geophysical Union announced earlier this month that new fellows include: John Connerney, Thomas Earle Moore, Richard RaYyand Compton Tucker. (2009-02-13)

Evidence of ancient hot springs on Mars detailed in Astrobiology journal
Data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggest the discovery of ancient springs in the Vernal Crater, sites where life forms may have evolved on Mars, according to a report in Astrobiology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (2009-02-12)

New high-res map suggests little water inside moon
The most detailed map of the Moon ever created has revealed never-before-seen craters at the lunar poles. The map is also revealing secrets about the Moon's interior -- and hinting about Mars's interior as well. C.K. Shum, professor of earth sciences at Ohio State University, is part of the international research team that published the map in the Feb. 13 issue of the journal Science. (2009-02-12)

ESA extends missions studying Mars, Venus and Earth's magnetosphere
ESA's Science Programme Committee has extended the operations of ESA's Mars Express, Venus Express and Cluster missions until Dec. 31, 2009. (2009-02-10)

Discovery of methane reveals Mars is not a dead planet
A team of NASA and university scientists has achieved the first definitive detection of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. This discovery indicates the planet is either biologically or geologically active. (2009-01-15)

How Martian winds make rocks walk
Rocks on Mars are on the move, rolling into the wind and forming organized patterns, according to new research. Small rocks seen in images from the Spirit Rover end up evenly spaced across the landscape because of wind-caused erosion and deposition. This counters the previous idea that extremely high winds carried or pushed the rocks. (2009-01-08)

Martian rock arrangement not alien handiwork
A new study published in the journal Geology explains how pebble-sized rocks organize themselves in evenly spaced patterns in sand. (2009-01-07)

Life on Mars? Brown-led research team says elusive mineral bolsters chances
A research team led by Brown University has found evidence of a long-sought mineral that shows Mars was home to a variety of watery environments, including regional pockets of neutral or alkaline water. The finding, detailed in the Dec. 19 edition of Science, bolsters the chances that primitive life sprang up in those benign spots. (2008-12-18)

K-State engineers helping develop energy-harvesting radios
Kansas State University engineers are helping a semiconductor manufacturer implement its idea of an energy-harvesting radio. It could transmit important data -- like stress measurements on a bridge, for instance -- without needing a change of batteries, ever. (2008-12-16)

CU-Boulder study proposes explanation for migration of volcanic activity on Mars
A new University of Colorado at Boulder study indicates a moving, shell-like plate encapsulating Mars may explain explains the volcanic activity in the Tharsis Rise region of the (2008-12-15)

NASA science on display at American Geophysical Union meeting
NASA researchers will present new findings on a wide range of Earth and space science topics during the 2008 fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The meeting runs from Monday, Dec. 15, through Friday, Dec. 19, at San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center. (2008-12-11)

Important role of groundwater springs in shaping Mars
Data and images from Mars Express suggest that several light toned deposits, some of the least understood features on Mars, were formed when large amounts of groundwater burst on to the surface. Scientists propose that groundwater had a greater role in shaping the martian surface than previously believed and may have sheltered primitive life forms as the planet started drying up. (2008-12-11)

Caltech researchers find ancient climate cycles recorded in Mars rocks
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology and their colleagues have found evidence of ancient climate change on Mars caused by regular variation in the planet's tilt, or obliquity. On Earth, similar (2008-12-04)

Rensselaer opens center dedicated to the search for life in the universe
E.T. may have (2008-11-24)

Mars Express observes aurorae on the red planet
Scientists using ESA's Mars Express have produced the first crude map of aurorae on Mars. These displays of ultraviolet light appear to be located close to the residual magnetic fields generated by Mars's crustal rocks. They highlight a number of mysteries about the way Mars interacts with electrically charged particles originating from the sun. (2008-11-21)

Scientists discover concealed glaciers on Mars at mid-latitudes
Vast Martian glaciers of water ice under protective blankets of rocky debris persist today at much lower latitudes than any ice previously identified on Mars, says new research using ground-penetrating radar on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The discovery is an encouraging sign for scientists searching for life beyond Earth. The water ice might also provide a useful resource for human explorers visiting the red planet. (2008-11-20)

Space waste: Handling garbage when your dumpster is 100 million miles away?
In space, no one takes out the trash. Garbage can pile up, spoil and become a health hazard for astronauts in the cramped living quarters of a space station. (2008-11-18)

Conference on complexity offers new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration
More than 160 participants gathered this week for the sixth annual National Academies Keck FUTURES INITIATIVE conference. (2008-11-17)

New deep-sea observatory goes live
On Monday, Nov. 10, 2008, the the first deep-sea ocean observatory offshore of the continental United States went (2008-11-17)

Complex systems and Mars missions help understand how life began
Understanding how life started remains a major challenge for science. At a European Science Foundation and COST (2008-11-14)

New spaceship force field makes Mars trip possible
According to the international space agencies, (2008-11-04)

Sensitive laser instrument could aid search for life on Mars
Minuscule traces of cells can be detected in a mineral likely present on Mars, researchers report in the current online issue of the peer-reviewed Geomicrobiology Journal. The results, obtained using a technique developed at the US Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory, could help mission scientists choose Martian surface samples with the most promise for yielding signs of life. (2008-10-15)

CSIRO to help provide 'live' video of Mars mission
When the Americans eventually send a manned mission to Mars, the whole world will be able to watch (2008-10-15)

NASA supercomputer shows how dust rings point to exo-Earths
Supercomputer simulations of dusty disks around sunlike stars show that planets nearly as small as Mars can create patterns that future telescopes may be able to detect. The research points to a new avenue in the search for habitable planets. (2008-10-10)

ASU Mars instrument gets new lease on life as NASA extends Mars Odyssey mission
NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft is heading for a new orbit around the Red Planet, and the change will give ASU's Thermal Emission Imaging System, a multi-band heat-sensing camera, greater sensitivity for mapping Martian minerals. (2008-10-10)

Apollo heat shield uncrated after 35 years, helps new crew vehicle design
NASA scientists developing the next generation of exploration vehicles and heat shields for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle experienced (2008-10-08)

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