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The Opportunity Rover on Mars.


Opportunity Rover tracks on Mars. 

this is so beautiful

The Opportunity Rover on Mars.



Opportunity Rover tracks on Mars. 

this is so beautiful

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The view on Mars.


Gale crater, Mars. Last week.

An infographic look at the Mars One shortlist.


1,058 Shortlisted To Die On Mars

When Mars One invited people to apply for a one way ticket to Mars, we didn’t think anyone would be interested. But, 202,000 applications later, we stand corrected. Mars One have now whittled this number down to a mere 1,058 hopefuls ranging from age 18 to 81 and hailing from no fewer than 107 countries. Dying on Mars truly holds a global appeal.


Manned missions to Mars - sign me up.


Experts think a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s is possible
The panel of space industry insiders highlighted that future space missions need to be ones that focused on advancing the goal of landing humans on Mars.

Examining India's Mars Orbiter Mission.


Trajectory of India’s Mars Orbiter Mission

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A view of the magnificent Hebes Chasma on Mars.


A grander canyon on Mars: Hebes Chasma reflects Red Planet’s active past. By Sarah Zielinski | Science News | Image credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

Hebes Chasma, a huge trough on Mars, reflects the Red Planet’s tumultuous and varied past. During the planet’s first billion years, the nearby Tharsis Region bulged with magma, then burst apart, forming enormous chasms such as Hebes (a majority of its 315-kilometer length shown above). More than four times as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon, Hebes may have once been filled with water; some areas have minerals that could have formed only in water’s presence. New images from the European Space Agency’s Mars Express spacecraft show that massive landslides may have shaped and widened the trench since its violent birth. 

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Mars showcased thanks to Mars Express.

We can now “fly over” topographically accurate landscapes of Mars thanks to Mars Express, the European Space Agency (ESA) mission to explore the red planet. Launched in June 2003 and arriving six-and-a-half months later, the Mars Express spacecraft has orbited the planet almost 12,500 times, better revealing Mars’ turbulent climatic history. It’s expected to continue orbiting and gathering data until the end of 2014.

From Slate’s Phil Plait

I saw quite a few landmarks in there, including Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano in the solar system; Valles Marineris, the longest rift valley in the solar system (it’s wider than the Grand Canyon is long!); an elongated crater I’ve written about before (at the 2:20 mark, and shown at the top of this article); and the ridiculously gorgeous and very weird swirls in the terrain at the Martian north pole (though the south pole of the planet is even more jaw-droppingly beautiful). 

I was also intrigued by a crater shown at the 1:50 mark, which looks like it got filled by a landslide off a nearby hill. Mars isn’t what you might call geologically active, but it does commonly suffer landslides and avalanches when the frozen carbon dioxide ice under the surface sublimates (turns directly from a solid into a gas), which can dislodge material. If that happens at the top of a hill or cliff, material can cascade down dramatically. I strongly suspect that’s what we’re seeing in this video.

Taken with the satellite’s High Resolution Stereo Camera, the video was released by the DLR German Aerospace Center

In the archives: more satellites, more maps, and more Mars.

Source: Slate; via thekidshouldseethis

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