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Ancient Volcanic Eruptions Produced a Mineral Deposit on Mars

Ancient Volcanic Eruptions Produced a Mineral Deposit on Mars

Scientists found an unusual mineral deposit on the red planet which might help humanity to understand the evolution of the planet. The ash released by powerful volcanic eruptions is thought to be the primary source of a fascinating mineral deposit located near the landing site for an upcoming Mars rover. According to the researchers who…

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NASA Recorded a Quake on Mars

NASA Recorded a Quake on Mars

In order to enhance their understanding about the interior of the red planet, scientists at NASA recorded a quake on Mars (for the first time) and the resulting audio is quite eerie. A quake on Mars is quite different from the earthquakes that we experience on our planet. On Earth, there are tectonic plates slipping…

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The Journey of Opportunity Rover has come to an End. Here are some facts

The Journey of Opportunity Rover has come to an End. Here are some facts

The world finally (14 years after its launch) said goodbye to NASA’s Mars Opportunity Rover after it went completely silent. Many may argue that it was just another machine but the entire scientific community went gloomy upon hearing the news. The last message from the rover added to the feelings of gloominess as acknowledged by…

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Earth’s Magnetic Shield Booms like a Drum

Earth’s Magnetic Shield Booms like a Drum

New research shows that the Earth’s magnetic shield booms loudly (when hit by impulses) but we cannot hear it because the frequencies are too low in pitch for human ears to pick up. Earth has a magnetic field around it which collides with the solar wind, a stream of charged particles bombarded at Earth by…

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Researchers Measured the Density of Rock Layers in Gale Crater

Researchers Measured the Density of Rock Layers in Gale Crater

The Curiosity Rover of NASA has discovered that the rock layers of Mars are more porous than previous estimates. A team of researchers analyzed the non-science engineering data from the Curiosity Rover and determined the density of rock layers across the Gale Crater. Travis Gabriel, a Graduate Student in the School of Earth and Space…

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Top 7 Wonders of our Solar System

Top 7 Wonders of our Solar System

From the rings of Saturn to the tallest mountain on Vesta, our solar system is full of fascinating phenomena. The vastness of our solar system has a lot of celestial wonders to offer. The advancement of technology has enabled humanity to explore more and more of these beauties. Some of the most amazing and astonishing…

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MarCO CubeSats are now Speaking Loud and Clear

MarCO CubeSats are now Speaking Loud and Clear

Tiny spacecraft can provide engineers with an up-to-the-minute feedback during a landing. All the space agencies around the globe spend billions of dollars, every year, on their space program. The fact that continuous advancement in technology is needed to explore the depths of deep space is a massive part of this expenditure. Similarly, the cost…

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InSight has Landed on Mars and here are the first clear images

InSight has Landed on Mars and here are the first clear images

The Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) lander is all set to explore the deep interior of Mars. NASA’s InSight lander finally hit the Martian soil on 26th of November after a long journey of 7 months. It covered a distance of about 485 million kilometers on this trip. The primary…

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Mars Experienced Catastrophic Floods that Created Canyons on the Planet

Mars Experienced Catastrophic Floods that Created Canyons on the Planet

Massive Canyons, who have been there on Mars for 3.7 billion years, were finally detected by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter of NASA. Often referred to as the ‘Red Planet’, Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and has features that make it a hybrid of Earth and Moon. Mars has the craters resembling the ones…

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5 Key Points about the Landing of the InSight Mission to Mars

5 Key Points about the Landing of the InSight Mission to Mars

InSight will be handy in determining the habitable exoplanets. Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy, and Heat Transport (InSight) is a robotic lander developed by the Lockheed Martin Space Systems with the intentions of examining the interior of Mars. Originally, the launch of the InSight Mission was scheduled for 2016 but it was postponed due…

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The Water on Mars can Support Aerobic Respiration

The Water on Mars can Support Aerobic Respiration

The future missions to Mars get a massive lead about where to send the rovers to search for signs of life. Mars is the most popular candidate when it comes to finding an alternative habitat for humanity. The idea of making humans a multi-planetary species has grown widely in the recent past and different space…

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The Dust Storm on Mars has Cleared Away

The Dust Storm on Mars has Cleared Away

Despite the clearing of the Martian dust storm, the Opportunity Rover has failed to call back home. Dust storms are quite common on the red planet of our Solar System. Having said that, we are not really sure about the events that lead to these planet-engulfing storms and this could lead to some serious issues…

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The Building Blocks of the Earth are Pretty Normal

The Building Blocks of the Earth are Pretty Normal

The probability of finding Earth-like planets in the Milky Way got a massive boost. Scientists are quite keen, these days, to find signs of life in other parts of the universe. Several missions have been sent to our neighboring planet, Mars, in this regard to gather maximum information about the red planet of our solar…

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Is it Possible for Humans to Stay Sane in Space?

Is it Possible for Humans to Stay Sane in Space?

Space Travel is an incredibly hostile experience which can leave an ever-lasting impact on the mind of an astronaut. Space Exploration is the talk of the town these days as more and more missions are reaching the far-off destinations of our universe. All the space agencies of the world including NASA, Roscosmos, China National Space…

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The Source of Martian Dust is Now Revealed

The Source of Martian Dust is Now Revealed

A rock formation process known as the Medusae Fossae Formation is the source of all the dust we get at the red planet. Our solar system comprises of eight planets but none of them has the same quality as the other. If one planet has the ability to retain life, other has such an extreme…

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Scientists found a Lake of Liquid Water on Mars

Scientists found a Lake of Liquid Water on Mars

The search for life on Mars goes down to the subsurface level following the discovery of a liquid water lake below the southern polar ice cap. Human activity is bringing drastic changes to this world and that’s the reason why researchers are looking for other habitable places of the universe. Our neighbor planet, Mars, is…

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New NASA Position to focus on Exploration of Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond

New NASA Position to focus on Exploration of Moon, Mars, and Worlds Beyond

NASA wants to focus on their Exploration Campaign as Steve Clarke got the post of the Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration. The American Space Agency replaced its predecessor in 1958 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower established it for civilian-oriented applications in space science. From Apollo Missions to the International Space Station and from Space Shuttle…

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NASA is going to the Moon. Next step: Mars

NASA is going to the Moon. Next step: Mars

NASA has announced that they will be going to the moon once again before the end of this decade for further space exploration. They plan to build outposts on the Moon to ‘pave a way for a journey to Mars’. The journey is expected to begin soon with the development of a new spacecraft that…

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The Mars Rover encountered a severe Dust Storm and went to Sleep Mode

The Mars Rover encountered a severe Dust Storm and went to Sleep Mode

Opportunity Rover is in complete darkness as a huge dust storm takes control of the Martian sky. Mars, the most preferred destination for an alternative habitat for humanity, is facing a massive dust storm these days which has engulfed nearly one-fourth of the red planet. The clouds of dust have led to a permanent darkness…

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NASA found Evidence of Organic Matter on Mars

NASA found Evidence of Organic Matter on Mars

Humanity makes a massive move as Curiosity Rover of NASA found Organic Compounds in the sedimentary rocks of Mars. Mars is the first place that comes to our minds when we talk about an alternative habitat for humanity in our universe. A lot of space agencies and other organizations, like SpaceX, are quite determined to…

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InSight Mission is going to create History. Here is why

InSight Mission is going to create History. Here is why

InSight Mission is a historic event as it will answer multiple, long-lasting queries about the red planet. The climate of Earth is becoming more and more hostile towards life and this forces humanity to look for alternate places of habitat if they want to preserve their coming generations. Considering the fact that Mars is the…

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Elon Musk thinks we need a Backup Earth

Elon Musk thinks we need a Backup Earth

Humans do need a backup planet as Earth will not stay forever. It is a common information that Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, wants to colonize Mars with humans. He is extremely passionate about that and has clarified the world about his intentions on several occasions. The fact that he sent a Tesla car…

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Mars Helicopter to fly on NASA’s next Rover Mission

Mars Helicopter to fly on NASA’s next Rover Mission

The Mars Helicopter will demonstrate the takeoffs and landings of a heavier-than-air spacecraft on another planet for the first time ever. NASA is criticized at times for being too conservative in their approach but the latest announcement from them is receiving quite a lot of praise from all ends. They have decided that a helicopter…

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Are we meant to Save the planet or to Leave it?

Are we meant to Save the planet or to Leave it?

Will we save the planet? Or are we going to leave it? The atmosphere and environment of the Earth are becoming more and more hostile with every passing day. Human activity is the basic source of the heat that is being fed to our planet. This is a self-destructing scenario where we are killing our…

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