Sight-seeing in the 21st century -- ices, sand, water, and dust in motion on Mars

Humankind's earnest reconnaissance of Mars, made possible by advances in our technology, has progressed significantly over the past 150 years. Early ideas of vibrant macroscopic life on Mars in the late 19th and early 20th centuries gave way to a perception of a barren desert world 

Remote sensing survey of Valles Marineris: insights into magmatic and sedimentary processes on Mars

valles marinerisValles Marineris is a unique vertical section through the uppermost kilometers of the martian crust; its location, east of Tharsis bulge, and its water-related history are responsible for a great diversity of rock types in this area. High resolution morphological (HiRISE) and mineralogical (CRISM) data from the MRO mission (NASA, 2006) available over the area were investigated.

Free Samples from Mars

martian meteoriteIn the late 70's meteoriticists began to speculate that some oddball meteorites might be from Mars. These meteorites looked more like terrestrial rocks than meteorites, but they were seen to fall- Chassigny in 1815, Shergotty in 1865, and Nakhla in 1911. The big question, how these SNC meteorites got here, seemed to be solved by the "spall mechanism", a combination of high velocity and low shock pressure.

Dune and ripple migration along rover Curiosity’s traverse in Gale Crater (Mars)

mars dunes The NASA Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, has safely landed near a 35 km long dark dune field in Gale Crater on Mars. This dune field crosses the landing site from the NE to the SW and lies along Curiosity’s traverse to Aeolis Mons. Dr.

Discovery of a New Unique Water-rich Meteorite from Mars

carl ageeNorthwest Africa (NWA) 7034 is a new type of martian meteorite discovered in Morocco in 2011. NWA 7034 aka "Black Beauty", nicknamed for its dark shiny appearance, contains ten times more water than other martian meteorites.

Atmospheric Polar Warming at Mars



This talk will cover two active areas of research in the field of martian atmospheric dynamics. The first is polar warming, a temperature enhancement over mid-to-high latitudes that results in a reversed (poleward) meridional temperature gradient.

A Cook's Tour of the CheMin XRD/XRF instrument and an insider's view of the MSL Curiosity mission on Mars

Dr. David Blake of the NASA research Center is the chief designer and Principle Investigator of the CHEMIN instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover 'Curiosity', which is now investigating evidence of liquid-borne sediments at Gale Crater on Mars. He will give an insider's view into the mission and update us on the latest results from the MSL mission.

NASA's Curiosity Rover: Four Months on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Rover has been exploring its landing region at Gale Crater on Mars since August 5, 2012, searching for environments in early Mars' history that may have been habitable, able to support microbial life.  Much of the first 90 sols has been dedicated to engineering checkouts and initial uses of the instruments.  The rover operations to date will be discussed, along with some initial scientific results regarding the geology, mineralogy, and environmental conditions at Gale Crater on Mars.


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