NASA Mars spacecraft reveals a more dynamic red planet
(Phys.org) —NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed to scientists slender dark markings—possibly due to salty water - that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator.
ExoMars lander module named Schiaparelli
The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named 'Schiaparelli' in honour of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the ...
Dust storms in Africa affect US and the Caribbean's air quality
You might find it hard to believe that dust clouds from the African Sahara can travel thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, but it does every year and in large quantities. In a recent study, Joseph ...
Tracking dust across the Atlantic
Hundreds of millions of tons of dust are picked up from the deserts of Africa and blown across the Atlantic Ocean each year. That dust helps build beaches in the Caribbean and fertilize soils in the Amazon. ...
African dust clouds worry Caribbean scientists
Each summer, microscopic dust particles kicked up by African sandstorms blow thousands of miles (kilometers) across the Atlantic to arrive in the Caribbean, limiting airplane pilots' visibility to just a ...
Soil carbon 'blowing in the wind'
Top soil is rich in nutrients and carbon but is increasingly being blown away by events such as the 'Red Dawn' in Sydney in 2009.
Amount of dust blown across the West is increasing, study finds
The amount of dust being blown across the landscape has increased over the last 17 years in large swaths of the West, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.
How to plant a garden on Mars—with a robot
In the last century humanity has taken gigantic leaps forward in the robotic exploration of the cosmos—not least in the search for habitable worlds and environments that could house life outside of the ...
Study questions informative value of dental microwear for dietary habits of extinct species
(Phys.org)—Dental microwear, the pattern of tiny marks on worn tooth surfaces, is an important basis for understanding the diets of fossil mammals, including those of our own lineage. Now nanoscale research ...
Regional dust storm dissipating
(Phys.org)—A regional dust storm on Mars, tracked from orbit since Nov. 10, appears to be abating rather than going global.
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter monitoring dust storm
(Phys.org)—A Martian dust storm that NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been tracking since last week has also produced atmospheric changes detectable by rovers on Mars. ...
NASA scientists eyeing regional dust storm on Mars
NASA is tracking a regional dust storm on Mars, but says it has not affected the operations of its two rovers on the surface.
Are dust devils whirling around the Curiosity rover?
In this latest update from the MSL team, Ashwin Vasavada, the Deputy Project Scientist, explains how Curiosity has been monitoring the winds and radiation levels in Gale Crater. Curiosity has also been looking ...
Curiosity providing new weather and radiation data about Mars
(Phys.org)—Observations of wind patterns and natural radiation patterns on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover are helping scientists better understand the environment on the Red Planet's surface.