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Ancient Zircon Reveals Age of Earth’s Crust

Posted February 26th, 2014 at 5:43 pm (UTC+0)
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A tiny sliver of ancient zircon reveals the crust of our planet formed at least 4.4 billion years ago—160 million years after the birth of the solar system, according to a new study. Earth itself is believed to be about 4.5 billion years old. The researchers examined some of the oldest materials ever found on […]

Evidence of Water Vapor Found on Dwarf Planet Ceres

Posted January 24th, 2014 at 8:28 pm (UTC+0)
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Scientists have found signs of water vapor on the dwarf planet known as Ceres. “This is the first time water vapor has been unequivocally detected on Ceres or any other object in the asteroid belt and provides proof that Ceres has an icy surface and an atmosphere,” said Michael Küppers of the European Space Agency. […]

Curiosity Determines Age of Martian Rocks

Posted December 13th, 2013 at 7:33 pm (UTC+0)
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The Curiosity Rover has accomplished yet another first as it continues its amazing journey across the Martian landscape. Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have been able to successfully determine the age of a Martian rock. But what makes this finding special is that, for the first time, scientists have been able to […]

Fresh Water Once Flowed in Ancient Mars Lake

Posted December 9th, 2013 at 9:09 pm (UTC+0)
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NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory – Curiosity Rover – was sent to Mars some 16 months ago with a major objective of finding evidence of a past environment that would be well suited to supporting microbial life. Today, a team of mission researchers, writing in a series of papers published in the journal Science, said that […]

US, India Prep for Unmanned Missions to Mars

Posted October 29th, 2013 at 5:36 pm (UTC+0)
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Both the United States and India are gearing up for unmanned missions to Mars. India will launch its first interplanetary spacecraft when the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) sends its Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) to the Red Planet on Nov. 5. The spacecraft will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre located in Sriharikota, […]

World’s Largest Single Volcano Found Off Japan Coast

Posted September 6th, 2013 at 5:36 pm (UTC+0)
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Researchers have identified the largest volcano ever documented on the planet. It’s even bigger than Hawaii’s legendary Mauna Loa, which remains the biggest active volcano on our planet. Called Tamu Massif, this enormous dormant or inactive volcano is located within the huge underwater mountain range called Shatsky Rise formation about 1609 kilometers east of Japan. […]

Curiosity Begins Mars Roadtrip

Posted July 9th, 2013 at 5:42 pm (UTC+0)
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Curiosity has taken off on a year-long roadtrip, which is how long it will take the Mars rover to travel the eight kilometers needed to reach its Mount Sharp destination. NASA said the journey began last week from an area called Glenelg, which is about 400 meters east-southeast of Curiosity’s landing site.  According to mission […]

Science Images of the Week

Posted June 21st, 2013 at 7:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Evidence of Water Found on Mars

Posted May 31st, 2013 at 6:22 pm (UTC+0)
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The Curiosity rover has discovered an ancient stream bed that suggests water, possibly lots of it, once flowed on Mars. In a new study,  scientists say their findings represent the first on-site evidence of sustained water flow on the Martian landscape. The discovery also supports the theory Mars would have once been able to host […]

Arctic Bacterium Offers Clues to Life on Mars

Posted May 24th, 2013 at 6:44 pm (UTC+0)
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A permafrost microbe has been discovered growing at –15°C, the coldest temperature ever reported for bacterial growth. A team of scientists from Montreal’s McGill University made the discovery on Ellesmere Island, located in the Canadian High Arctic. Researchers said they  found the living strain of bacteria growing in the extreme cold of the  permafrost, which […]

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