Posts tagged martians
After a decade of exploring the Martian surface, the scientists overseeing veteran rover Opportunity thought they’d seen it all. That was until a rock mysteriously “appeared” a few feet in front of the six wheeled rover a few days ago. Read more
Before you say “ALIENS!” the random rock probably hasn’t been placed there by Martians… probably.
The Tinto River in Spain provides little comfort for most life. The river is naturally similar to the toxic water leaking from old mines, known as acid mine drainage. However, within that harsh river, biologists identified pockets of salt that created an oasis for bacteria. Similar salt deposits on Mars could also provide refuge for life. Read more…
As we count down to the much anticipated landing of NASA’s six-wheeled Mars Science Lab (MSL) on Aug. 5/6th, it’s noteworthy that 36 years ago today mankind made the first successful touchdown on the Red Planet.
The nuclear-powered Viking 1 lander settled down in a burst of retrorocket fire on a smooth circular plain close to the great volcanic Tharsis Bulge on July 20, 1976. Four billion years ago this region may have been a water-filled bay on Mars.