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EPSC 2015 – Mars

I’m fresh back from the European Planetary Science Congress in Nantes, France, which was a really excellent event this year. Not only did we hear a whole slew of new research findings, but, because it was run alongside an interactive…

Vents and channels in the Cerberus Plains of Mars

Vents and channels in the Cerberus Plains of Mars

My research on Mars is finally in print, in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets! You can view it here, but here’s what I found in a nutshell. The Cerberus Plains are one of the youngest surfaces on Mars: parts of…

Seasonal dark streaks in Newton Crater on Mars (Source: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), NASA)

Mars & Planetary Habitability at EPSC 2012

Wednesday at the European Planetary Science Congress saw the oral presentations of the Mars sessions, plus I caught a couple on planetary habitability. Turns out Mars scientists edge out those on Mercury in the style stakes – one Italian researcher…

Overview of Gale Crater, Mars (Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS)

Gale Crater – a pile of possibilities

I couldn’t let the MSL landing go without at least a quick note – congrats to NASA! Though there’s still room for disaster with any space mission, the incredibly tricky EDL (entry, descent and landing) is over and Curiosity Rover…

Mars – Land of Megavolcanoes

Mars – Land of Megavolcanoes

At the mention of Martian volcanism, chances are the first thing you think of is Olympus Mons. It’s a monster of a volcano: both the highest (22km) and the most long-lived we know of in the Solar System. And though…

Mars – wet or dry?

Mars – wet or dry?

This is an exciting time for Mars exploration. Orbiters are circling the planet, sending back optical, spectral, radar and altimetry data which is expanding our knowledge base by leaps and bounds. Meanwhile, the rover Opportunity is still active on the…