Scientists in the Field

There’s Something About Mars

Whether in blockbuster movies, novels, or science classrooms, you may have noticed that the planet Mars occupies a special place in human imagination. If you’ve read Scientists in the Field title The Mighty Mars Rovers, by Elizabeth Rusch, you know … Read more

The Latest on Mars

Last week, NASA confirmed evidence of flowing water on the red planet, though it is unclear as to whether its existence can support actual life on Mars. There is still much to be learned and discovered! For more in-depth information … Read more

MARS SPACECRAFT MAVEN STUDIES ATMOSPHERE

The mighty Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity took off the table one of the longest-standing questions about Mars: Did it once have water which could have supported life? The rovers collected powerful evidence that the answer is a resounding YES. … Read more

No Methane! No Life? Not Necessarily . . .

By now you many have heard that the Curiosity rover has detected no traces of methane on Mars. Methane is of great interest to scientists (and us all!) because methane could be sign that there is has recently been microbial … Read more

Mars Missions Face Challenges From Government Shutdown

You might be wondering how the government shut down has affected our robotic champs Curiosity and Opportunity (one of whom is a featured rover in The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity).  The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, … Read more

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