brighten for the red planet
382 (29 Jan 2004)
A quick guide to the Mars missions.
Nature Science Update
(26 Jan 2004)
rover rolls out
NASA�s craft Spirit has hit the dirt and
is set to go
Nature Science Update
(15 Jan 2004)
barks before Beagle as Mars success lifts NASA's spirits
89 (8 Jan 2004)
satellite flies into hunt for Beagle 2
5 (1 Jan 2004)
red planet's big picture
Let's not get carried away with the
images from NASA's Spirit rover, nor despair of Britain's
silent Beagle 2. The best way to explore Mars is through a
programme that builds patiently on each mission's successes
87 (8 Jan 2004)
Interactive graphic explaining the process
of touchdown onto the Mars surface, as well as art and music
from the red planet's surface.
Sites of specific scientific interest on
the fourth rock from the sun, from landing zones to crash
Interest in the red planet is about
to peak, as three missions prepare to join the hunt for water
and life on one of our closest neighbours.
you on board?
The Beagle 2 Mars lander has had some
unusual backers including British pop stars and artists.
Declan Butler finds out how one researcher's drive, and his
flair for publicity, got the project off the ground.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory practically
invented planetary exploration. Then in 1999, it lost two
craft in quick succession. Tony Reichhardt talks to the staff
behind two new Mars rovers, which could restore the lab's
Beckham in for a surprise on Mars
Mars gets new icing
Odyssey finds widespread water
Height ices Mars on top
Robots to scrutinize Mars' rocks
The outrageous hypothesis
For over a quarter of a century, planetary
scientists have believed that water helped to shape the surface
of Mars. Now one geophysicist is trying to prove them wrong.
Larry O'Hanlon reports.
664 - 666 (18 Oct 2001)
Over the coming decade, exploration of
Mars may reveal whether or not life ever existed on the red
planet - but only if the missions can avoid detecting any
microbes they bring with them, says Tom Clarke.
Nature 413, 247 - 248 (20 Sep
France purges space programme in bid to survive budget crisis
Nature 423, 103 (08 May 2003)
NASA homes in on sites for Mars exploration
Nature 422, 653 (17 Apr 2003)
Mars rock samples condemned to quarantine
Nature 411, 625 (07 Jun 2001)
a series of specially commissioned review
articles on the evolution of the red planet over geological
timescales, from the differentiation and solidification of
the martian core to the dynamics of its atmosphere.
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Formation of recent martian gullies through melting of extensive
water-rich snow deposits
Philip R. Christensen
Nature 422, 45-48 (06 Mar 2003)
evidence for weathered basalt as an alternative to andesite in the northern lowlands
Michael B. Wyatt & Harry Y. McSween
417, 263-266 (16 May 2002)
for recent climate change on Mars from the identification of youthful near-surface
John F. Mustard, Christopher D. Cooper &
Moses K. Rifkin
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forcing of the martian polar layered deposits
Jacques Laskar, Benjamin Levrard & John
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