Theory of Microbes on Mars

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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Inside Our Solar System: Planet Mercury

Surface:  The first planet from the Sun, Mercury’s small size (4,879 kilometers in diameter- the smallest planet in the Solar System) deceptively hides its extreme nature.  Surface temperatures can reach a scorching 800 degrees Fahrenheit (430 degrees Celsius) during the day, only to drop 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit to a nighttime …

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Dazzling Celestial Dance Featuring Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon

They say two’s company, and three’s a crowd.  Well, in astronomical terms, the opposite is true!  The night sky holds three gems within very close proximity for the next few days: Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon. Easy to see in the western sky, recent twilights are dazzling with this wondrous …

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