Posts Tagged ‘Craters’

These Martian craters could contain life, study finds

A recently-discovered depression on the surface of Mars could be conducive to the existence of microbial life, making it a good target for future habitability research, scientists at the University of Texas at Austin and their colleagues reported in this month issue of the journal Icarus. “We were drawn to this site because it looked […]

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Puzzle: Why are new moon craters appearing faster than expected?

From Charles Q. Choi at Space.com: New craters are forming on the surface of the moon more frequently than scientists had predicted, a new study has found. The discovery raises concerns about future moon missions, which may face an increased risk of being hit by falling space rocks. The moon is dotted with a vast […]

Moon impacts are more common than we thought, study finds

The moon might be one of the most well-studied objects in space, but that doesn’t mean that we know all of its secrets just yet, as demonstrated by a newly-published research paper that reveals the lunar surface contains far more craters than researchers had previously predicted. Comparing before-and-after images of the same basic region of […]

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Dawn spacecraft at Ceres: Craters, cracks, and cryovolcanos

Six studies highlight new and unexpected insights into Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest object in the asteroid belt (between Mars and Jupiter). The results, derived from data from the Dawn spacecraft in orbit around Ceres, reveal that it has crate…

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