Theory of Microbes on Mars

Marte es el cuarto planeta desde el Sol. Crédito: NASA/JPL.

Microbes could survive Mars’ thin atmosphere, according to recent research led by astrobiologist Rebecca Mickol at the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. As the oldest form of life on Earth and the smallest, microbes are resilient. Fossils prove microbes existed more …

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Vesta, Moon’s Apogee, Orion, and More in This Week’s Sky

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Sunday, January 15th: The Misnomer of the Summer Triangle The Summer Triangle may still be seen during January low in the northwest.  This asterism, or pattern of stars, has three stars: Vega, Deneb, and Altair. Vega is the fifth brightest star in the sky and the brightest star in the …

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Curiosity’s Unique Snapshots of Mars

Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS/Ken Kremer/kenkremer.com/Marco Di Lorenzo

On December 19th, NASA’s Curiosity Rover photographed what might be one of the most incredible visuals of the Martian landscape.  The color photograph features a portion of the Namib Dune and a self-portrait of the rover. Using the Mastcam 34 mm camera, Curiosity takes extremely high resolution color photos of …

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New Super-Rocket Scheduled for Departure in 2018

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Last Thursday NASA confirmed that if all goes well, the biggest rocket in history could be launched into space as early as 2018.  The Space Launch System is a super booster rocket nearly 400 ft tall designed to travel deeper into space than previously thought possible.  Astronauts could travel to …

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