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Mars (3)Suggestion of supervolcanoes on Mars ignites controversy
Greenbelt, Md. (UPI) Oct 2, 2013 – Some of Mars’ deep craters were actually ancient supervolcanoes that may have changed the planet’s climate, U.S. and British researchers suggest. Jacob Bleacher of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and colleague Joseph Michalski of the Planetary Science Institute and London’s Natural History Museum say several irregularly shaped craters in Mars’ Arabia Terra region have a structure sim … more

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Scientists find a martian igneous rock that is surprisingly Earth-like
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 01, 2013 – During the nearly 14 months that it has spent on the red planet, Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover, has scooped soil, drilled rocks, and analyzed samples by exposing them to laser beams, X-rays, and alpha particles using the most sophisticated suite of scientific instruments ever deployed on another planet. One result of this effort was evidence reported last March that ancient … more

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NASA Mars rover Curiosity finds water in first sample of planet surface
Troy NY (SPX) Oct 01, 2013 – The first scoop of soil analyzed by the analytical suite in the belly of NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals that fine materials on the surface of the planet contain several percent water by weight. The results were published today in Science as one article in a five-paper special section on the Curiosity mission. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean of Science Laurie Leshin is the study’s lead auth … more