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…

A trio of false colour images combining visible and infrared images taken by three Cassini flybys of Titan (Source: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)

Titan – land of lakes and valleys

When it comes to Saturn’s largest moon, the question is not ‘what’s cool about Titan?’, it’s what’s *not* cool about it. It’s like a planet out of sci-fi: a land of mountains and valleys, lakes and rivers, hazy skies and…

False colour mosaic image of Enceladus taken by Cassini. The tiger stripes are seen at the bottom. (Source: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute)

Enceladus – Brave New World

Enceladus is one of the jewels of recent planetary exploration: a highly active and potentially life-bearing moon where we least expected it. It’s Saturn’s seventh moon and though it’s far from the heat of the Sun, it has enough internal…