“In some circles, only unmanned exploration of Mars would be considered acceptable”
What Lies Beneath?
A new technique for processing lunar radar data has allowed scientists to see what lies beneath the surface of the Moon in the clearest ever detail.
Manned Mars Missions – 1
“To Mars!” was the watchword of the Russian rocket pioneer Friedrich Tsander,
Beginners Astronomy: Mars 5 – Life on Mars
In the last of his series on Mars, Duncan Lunan looks at the possibility of life on the planet
Beginners Astronomy: Mars 4 – Recent Missions
Europe’s Mars Express is still in orbit around the red planet, where it was joined by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
The Sky Above You – August 2021
The Moon will be New on August 8th, and Full on August 22nd.
Beginners Astronomy: Mars 3 – The Moons of Mars
“The two moons of Mars were discovered in 1877 by Asaph Hall. The largest crater on Phobos, the inner moon, is named ‘Stickney’, the maiden name of Asaph Hall’s wife, who encouraged him to keep looking when he was ready to give up. “
Beginners Astronomy: Mars Part 2- Mars and its Weather
“When Mariner 9 approached Mars in 1971, to become the first probe to orbit the planet, Mars was at its closest to the Sun and in the grip of a dust storm more severe than any we’ve seen since”
Tectonics on Venus
Polygonal blocks or ‘campuses’ on the lowland surface of Venus. Note the zones of ridges that roughly parallel ‘campus’ margins. Credit: Paul K. Byrne, North Carolina State University and Sean C. Solomon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Beginners Astronomy: Mars Part 1
“Mars has only half the diameter of the Earth, but because it has no oceans, its surface area is actually greater than the Earth’s land surface. “