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A piece from a Martian jigsaw puzzle? 😉 Curiosity, sol 1352.
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Lockheed Martin wants to send astronauts to an orbiting Mars Base Camp by 2028.
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We will start with Mercury Transit from last week. What I love about such events is that they are so global. For several hours many people all over Earth watched this event from different countries, Universe Today collected some of the best photos and videos and present them in a single article: ...
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These really thin plates of rock are amazing. Plus, laser holes on one of the darker sand slides. Curiosity, sol 1350.
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The New Horizons mission to Pluto has been nothing less than incredible, giving us our first close-up views of this enigmatic dwarf planet and its moons. But the show isn’t over yet, as the New Horizons team is now planning for its next encounter with another Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) in 2019. But even before … Continue Reading →
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New evidence for ancient tsunamis on Mars!
Meteorite impacts triggered enormous waves in now-vanished ocean.
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A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even if the moon lacks volcanic hydrothermal activity.
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Another "alien megastructure" (KIC 8462852) star update - a new brightness dip of about 30% (!) has been reported, on May 4. Will be interesting to see if further confirmed, or not.
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Interesting, and includes hints from Curiosity that the methane in Mars' atmosphere, at least in that region, is seasonal.
NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has completed its second Martian year since landing in 2012, recording environmental patterns through two full cycles of Martian seasons.
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The Meridiani Journal is a chronicle of planetary exploration and discovery, both in our own solar system and beyond.

The name is derived from the desert plains of Meridiani Planum on Mars, where the Opportunity rover landed in 2004.

Many recent discoveries, such as the geysers of Enceladus, the subsurface ocean of Europa, the methane lakes and seas of Titan and the growing number of exoplanets found orbiting other stars make this an exciting time of exploration and discovery.

TMJ is published by space writer and blogger Paul Scott Anderson, a life-long space exploration supporter and member of The Planetary Society. He also writes for The Spaceflight GroupAmericaSpaceUniverse Today and Examiner.com.
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