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How exploring Mars could help us fight climate change on Earth

Apr 29, 2016 No Comments by 3305 views

The surface of Mars is a cold desert. Scars in the landscape point to a history of flowing rivers, standing lakes and possibly even planetary oceans. Yet the current Martian atmosphere has a density that’s around 0.6% of Earth’s, making it far too thin to support liquid water – or life – on the barren […]

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The Atmospheric Mirror

Jul 15, 2013 No Comments by 10559 views

When viewed from space, the Earth glows like a blue marble under the light of the distant Sun. Azure oceans lap against the jagged coastlines and pale clouds swirl gracefully across its face, temporarily obscuring from view the brown-green landmasses beneath. From this vantage point, there is little to suggest that intelligent bipedal apes are scuttling around the […]

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Men and Machines

Aug 02, 2012 No Comments by 2555 views

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have gazed up at the stars and planets overhead. Even now, separated from our forebears by an expansive gulf of time, technology and knowledge, the stars remain distant, esoteric but evocative targets. Our curiosity and thirst for understanding…

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We, the pioneers.

May 31, 2012 1 Comment by 3073 views

As Voyager 1 cradles the edge of our Solar System, poised to enter the vacuous expanse of deep space, we are approaching a milestone that many on this planet are not aware of. As this magnificent example of human engineering leaves the confines of the warm embrace of our Sun, at ~120 AU a now faint and […]

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A Multiplicity of Worlds

Apr 10, 2012 No Comments by 4412 views

Undoubtedly the most exciting exoplanet news of the past week is the discovery of a star system with…

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Life and the seas of Europa

Feb 29, 2012 5 Comments by 10179 views

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has been of interest to astronomers for hundreds of years, and to planetary scientists since…

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