More head­lines herald­ing from the Red Planet

Sky at Night Magazine - - MARS UPDATE -

We could soon be ex­plor­ing the Mar­tian skies as NASA’s Mars 2020 rover will also have a re­mote he­li­copter to test the po­ten­tial for fu­ture drone ex­plor­ers.

The in­dents left be­hind by bil­lion-yearold Mar­tian dunes re­veal that the pre­vail­ing winds on Mars used to blow in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

A decade of data from Mars Ex­press has shown that the Mar­tian at­mos­phere acts as one sys­tem, with all lay­ers in­ter­act­ing with each other.

Bac­te­ria from an acidic stream in Dorset could help as­tro­bi­ol­o­gists un­der­stand if life was pos­si­ble un­der sim­i­lar con­di­tions on Mars.

Mar­tian space­craft MAVEN dis­cov­ered the mag­netic ‘tail’ trail­ing be­hind Mars is be­ing twisted by the so­lar wind, which could al­low the at­mos­phere to es­cape.

Sim­u­la­tions of the early Mar­tian ter­rain sug­gest that Mars’s oceans could have ap­peared sev­eral hun­dred mil­lion years ear­lier than first thought.

ESA ran a com­pe­ti­tion to name their rover that will head to Mars in 2020. The en­tries are now be­ing judged.

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