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.
“To Mars!” was the watchword of the Russian rocket pioneer Friedrich Tsander,
In the last of his series on Mars, Duncan Lunan looks at the possibility of life on the planet
Europe’s Mars Express is still in orbit around the red planet, where it was joined by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
The Moon will be New on August 8th, and Full on August 22nd.
“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. “
“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”
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
“The Vernal Equinox, where the Sun crosses the equator on its way north in spring, moves steadily along the Ecliptic (the plane of the Earth’s orbit, projected on to the sky) from year to year “
” “Our research shows that the sulphuric acid clouds in Venus have too little water for active life to exist, based on what we know of life on Earth.” Dr John E. Hallsworth