“With the financial help of NASA, American and European researchers have developed a new sensor to check for life on Mars. It should also be able to determine if traces of life’s molecular building blocks have been produced by anything that was once alive. The device has been tested in the Atacama Desert in Chile. It should be part of the science payload for the ExoMars rover planned for launch in 2013.”
“Simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes might have a natural â€” and not a human-induced â€” cause. Mars, it appears, has also been experiencing milder temperatures in recent years. In 2005 data from NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide ‘ice caps’ near Mars’s south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row. Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of the St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun.”
dylanduck writes “Good news for rover fans – Spirit is safe for the winter. It had been heading for a north-tilting spot to make sure its solar panels got enough sunlight during the imminent winter to survive, when a sand trap appeared. But, despite its busted wheel, it scooted round and is now sitting pretty. From the article: ‘We’ve got a safe rover,’ says principal investigator Steve Squyres. ‘That’s huge news for us.’”
Google has been at it again, and this time they are serving us mars on a silver plate! In cooler but similar fashion to their Google Moon. Special features include elevation map, infrared and (human) visible map.
In collaboration with NASA researchers at Arizona State University, we’ve created some of the most detailed scientific maps of Mars ever made.
A glitch has forced Nasa’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft to shut down its science instruments.
The spacecraft has switched into a “safe mode”, in which the instruments and some other systems are turned off.
Team members are racing to get the probe out of this mode so it can photograph the presumed crash site of a US Mars mission lost in 1999.
The pictures could decide whether design changes are needed on a probe due to launch for Mars in 2007.
Next week will provide the last opportunity to take images of the crash site of Mars Polar Lander (MPL) for another two years.
Full story at BBC NEWS | Glitch forces Mars probe shut-off