Even planets with hyperfine atmosphere can support life

Contrary to previous experiments, NASA officials Alexander Pavlov was able to show that bacteria can live and thrive even at very low atmospheric pressure corresponding to the Martian.If the current Homo Sapiens moved to the current Mars, poor die for many reasons. In the forefront of these manslayers be radical - a hundred times - the fall in atmospheric pressure over the earth. Even whether the Martian atmosphere by chemical counterpart of the earth, it would not be enough for the ventilation of human lungs just because of one pressure. Interestingly, the same results are characteristic of Read more [...]
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Probe captures seasonal changes on Mars

NASA astronomers by machine Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter were able to observe Seasonal changes in the North Pole of Mars. These changes are caused by the formation of ice on the Martian surface of CO2 and its subsequent melting under the sun.Since the melting of ice in the spring begins at the bottom of the ice layer, where the transparent ice in contact with the dark Martian soil, high pressure gas from time to time thrown up, thus creating intricate patterns on the surface of the Red Planet. Gas drags sand that is carried by the wind, resulting in the formation of ice, dark stripes. In summer Read more [...]
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Life on Mars: in the bowels of the planet found minerals

The minerals in the Martian subsoil to a depth of more than five kilometers have become one of the most serious evidence that the Red Planet could support life. This follows from a study published in Nature Geoscience in January 2013. Up to half of all life on Earth consists of simple organisms hiding in the rugged rocks below the surface. Recently, planetary scientists have suggested that the same may be true for Mars. Now this conjecture confirmed by the results of new studies, which show that the "ingredients" for life were present in the Martian subsurface strata for most of the Read more [...]
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Photo of the Day: Martian river

01/21/2013 The European Space Agency (ESA) has published pictures taken research probe "Mars Express". The Martian region Reull Vallis found impressive size bed of the river. Its length - more than 1500 km, the width of the river was up to 7 km and depth - 300 m River had numerous tributaries and fairly strong current, judging by the sharp line of the channel.Channel Reull Vallis (he was named in the same way as the whole area), as the researchers suggest, could be produced in the life of the planet gesperiansky period ended 3,5-1,8 billion years ago. In those days, there was a real Read more [...]
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Mars rover Curiosity found on Mars — a flower

Last American rover named "Kuroziti" continues an active research on Mars, during which reveals a lot of interesting things. Cameras mounted on the rover's "Kuroziti" not rest even during the holidays. They photographed a close-up of the Martian rocky landscapes of Yellowknife Bay, as well as Martian flower, making the way to the surface. Going to make rover pictures, scientists have made two interesting mosaic photo.We can see these photos in a little distorted color schemes, so that to understand how the Martian landscape would look like on Earth.The photo number Read more [...]
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Will survive the Russian bacteria on Mars?

A team of researchers from Russia and the U.S., led by Professor University of Florida, Wayne L. Nicholson (Wayne L. Nicholson) has found that a number of bacteria of the genus Carnobacterium, usually living and breeding in the permafrost on the banks of the Kolyma River, not only able to grow in an atmosphere of low pressure ( seven millibars), rich in carbon dioxide, and almost devoid of oxygen, as on Mars, but often do well in it is better than in their original, "native" conditions.Even in summer the neighborhood Kolyma not look hot. But someone has to and this place home. And Read more [...]
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Layer Cake on Mars

A few days ago reported the discovery on Mars of simple organic compounds. But this is not all of the latest news from the Red Planet. The discovery was made by an instrument SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars). The data so far are preliminary and need full verification. According to the project scientist for Mars rover Curiosity John Grottsingera found organic compounds, perchlorates - chlorine, hydrogen, carbon - could, in particular, to get to Mars from meteorites that contain carbon compounds, such as carbonaceous chondrites. If, however, it is proven that organic is native Martian origin, will Read more [...]
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Americans have found a cave on Mars

Planetary scientists who are exploring Mars, say that on the surface of this planet is the cave. Martian caves were discovered supersensitive camera HiRISE Martian intelligence apparatus (MRO). Presumably, the depth of these caves ranges from 180 to 310 meters.Scientists believe that Martian caves may well be considered as potential habitat for living organisms. Based on the preliminary data, the researchers concluded that the age of the Martian caves could be about 2 billion years. They could be formed under the influence of powerful ocean currents of liquid water or volcanic eruptions and Read more [...]
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Curiosity has not yet found on Mars is nothing unusual

Despite the irresponsible statement by a NASA employee and internet rumors, for samples of Martian soil for signs of life were found. Anyway, to be honest, is not registered anything that could be compared at least with the data of the last generation of Mars rovers. Curiosity rover first used all the tools for the analysis of Martian soil and found in a sample of the complex chemistry: found water, sulfur and substances containing chlorine. That's it. In 2008, when rumors spread that the station "Phoenix" found on the Red Planet signs life, NASA quickly held a press conference Read more [...]
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Mars dust storm raging

The first time since the 1970s, the development of events observed and from orbit and from the surface of the Red Planet. None of the rovers while working there was injured.Martian dust storm, followed by a probe Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter watched from last week, led to changes in the atmosphere, seen rovers on the surface of the planet. Mosaic images from Mars Color Imager instrument on November 18, covers almost the entire Mars. White arrows indicate the dusty area. (Image NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS.) With the Mars Color Imager instrument on board of the company, Bruce Cantor Malin Space Read more [...]
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The rover Curiosity did a terrific find. Scientists: it gets into the history books

During the experiment, the analysis of the Martian atmosphere the first measurements showed the presence of methane. "We knew from the beginning that there is a risk to bring to Mars air from Florida (where the rover was launched.) Therefore, we measured again," - said the scientist. Repeated measurements methane disappeared.Mars rover Curiosity during the analysis of samples of Martian soil found something very interesting, but scientists refuse to say what the rover found - specialists intend to double-check everything again and eliminate errors, according to the American radio Read more [...]
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Martian landscapes similar to Svalbard

Swedish scientists from the University of Gothenburg have found similarities between the Martian landscape with a polar archipelago located in the northern part of Norway. Scientists say that the ancient water on Mars made its landscape-like terrain of Svalbard, which is located in the Arctic Ocean.By assumption, the researchers, some areas of the northern and southern hemisphere of the Red Planet have similarity with this archipelago since ancient water that once flowed on Mars is frozen, then re-melted.This confirms the fact that the water on Mars played a key role in shaping the planet's Read more [...]
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Panorama Mars Curiosity passed

NASA published a panoramic photo made on the bottom of the Martian rover lake. Rather the former Martian lakes.

Panoramic Images High Resolution

Panorama was taken in November 2012, but only now published for some reason.
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Mystery of the satellite of Mars — Phobos. The spacecraft, the station man-made object.

Scientists can not come to a consensus on the origin of the Martian satellite Phobos-. One version states that Phobos is artificial. Both satellites of Mars were discovered by American astronomer Asaph Hall in 1877. He named them Phobos and Deimos, which in Greek means "fear" and "horror". One of the moons of Mars, Phobos, is located 9400km from Mars. He is wrong, not typical for cosmic bodies form, and he, like the Moon always faces the planet only on one side. Its dimensions are 26.6? 22.3? 18.5 kilometers. One theory about the origin of the Martian satellites Phobos is Read more [...]
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