News tagged with red dust

WISE presents a cosmic wreath

( -- Just in time for the holidays, astronomers have come across a new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, that some say resembles a wreath. You might even think of the red dust cloud ...

dateDec 23, 2011 in Astronomy
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'Pacman' nebula gets some teeth

( -- To visible-light telescopes, this star-forming cloud appears to be chomping through the cosmos, earning it the nickname the "Pacman" nebula, like the famous Pac-Man video game that debuted in 1980. When viewed ...

dateOct 27, 2011 in Astronomy
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Image: Opportunity's heat shield

This image from 2005 shows the remains of the heat shield from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, broken into two key pieces, the main piece on the left side and a broken-off flank piece near the middle of the image. ...

dateAug 17, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Countering contamination for Mars spacesuits

To search for life on Mars, future astronauts would naturally want to step outside their living habitat for a walk. But the spacesuits keeping them alive might also carry Earth microbes or ingredients of life that could contaminate ...

dateJun 16, 2011 in Space Exploration
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It's a grind to make Mars red

( -- The widespread idea that Mars is red due to rocks being rusted by the water that once flooded the red planet may be wrong. Recent laboratory studies show that the red dust may be formed by ongoing grinding ...

dateSep 18, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Mars Express zeroes in on erosion features

( -- Mars Express has uncovered geological evidence suggesting that some depositional process, revealed by erosion, has been at work on large scales in the equatorial regions of the planet. If so, this would provide ...

dateMar 19, 2009 in Space Exploration
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