Mars

Cosa ha salvato la Terra dal destino di Marte? Life

Cosa ha salvato la Terra dal destino di Marte?

Tre miliardi di anni fa, l'acqua liquida esisteva sia su Marte che sulla Terra. Oggi questo avviene solo sul nostro pianeta natale. Perché? Marte non ha più un campo magnetico così forte come la Terra. Ecco perché il vento solare può trasportare l'atmosfera meglio lì che qui. Il campo magnetico è generato nel nucleo esterno della Terra, dove ruota il ferro liquido (si parla di "geodinamo"). Circa 565 milioni di anni fa, tuttavia, la forza del campo magnetico è scesa al 10% di quella attuale. Poi il campo si è misteriosamente ripreso e ha riacquistato forza poco prima dell'esplosione cambriana…
Comodo viaggio su Marte per ibernazione? Mars

Comodo viaggio su Marte per ibernazione?

Immaginate di essere prima nutriti bene per due settimane. Torte, bistecche, tutto quello che ti piace - fino a quando non hai guadagnato almeno dieci chili. Dopo di che, vai a dormire. La tua temperatura corporea si abbassa, e con essa il tuo tasso metabolico basale. Ti assopisci nella tua caverna fresca, circondato da tutti i lati da contenitori d'acqua, come un orso, fino a quando ti sveglierai di nuovo dopo tre mesi. Hai perso il peso in eccesso. Ma hai anche perso quasi tutta la massa muscolare, a differenza di quanto sarebbe successo se fossi stato costretto a…
Massive floods on Mars Mars

Massive floods on Mars

Today, it's pretty dry on the Red Planet. But that wasn't always the case - quite the opposite, as researchers at the University of Texas at Austin can see from the way rivers and lakes have changed. On Earth, erosion by rivers is usually a slow process. On Mars, however, massive floods from overflowing crater lakes played a preeminent role in shaping the Martian surface, scouring out deep chasms and moving huge amounts of sediment. The study, published Sept. 29 in the journal Nature, shows that the floods, which likely lasted only a few weeks, removed more than enough…
Mars structures from blood and urine Mars

Mars structures from blood and urine

When establishing colonies on Mars or the Moon, it will hardly be possible to bring the necessary building material from Earth. Transporting even a single brick to Mars could initially cost up to two million dollars. The solution is to use resources found on the ground - sand and dust that can be combined with water to make a building material. But ordinary water still won't do. Additional binders are needed. In the future, these could be produced by the crew itself - in the form of blood and urine. The human body is a pretty good bioreactor. We…
Where water will be easiest to find on Mars Life

Where water will be easiest to find on Mars

The more resources we have to transport to our neighboring planet, the more expensive a manned mission to Mars will be. Current concepts therefore rely on the human inhabitants using the resources that Mars makes available to them. On the one hand, there is the carbon dioxide atmosphere, from which methane can be obtained as fuel for the return flight - and on the other, there are water and ice deposits from which oxygen and drinking water can be obtained. It is already known that Mars is not completely dry. While the atmosphere is available everywhere (although it becomes…
Life on Mars: Search deeper! Life

Life on Mars: Search deeper!

Has Mars ever had a surface that is friendly to life? Planetary scientists are struggling to find enough remnants of a former atmosphere. Even if one considers that Mars may have lost a large part of its oxygen and water to space, gaps remain - even for the past. On the other hand, there are of course the valleys, dry waters and river systems still visible today, into which water would have had to have flowed billions of years ago. And if the water on the surface was not frozen, the temperatures must have been pleasant. Even if this…
Megafloods on Ancient Mars Life

Megafloods on Ancient Mars

Surface water or even rain clouds are sought in vain on Mars today. In the early days of the planet, however, things looked different. Four billion years ago, a kind of megaflood could have swept over the Red Planet, as a joint project of scientists from Jackson State University, Cornell, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Hawaii shows. It is based on data collected by NASA's Curiosity Rover, which investigated the Gale Crater on Mars. In the paper, published in Scientific Reports, the researchers describe how a megaflood - probably triggered by the heat of a meteorite…
Salt lakes under the south pole of Mars Life

Salt lakes under the south pole of Mars

Several liquid deposits of different sizes have been discovered by researchers below the south pole of Mars, according to a publication published in Nature Astronomy. The results suggest that there may be lakes below the south pole of Mars that remain liquid due to their high salt concentration. It is known that subglacial lakes exist in the terrestrial Antarctic. Previous research has shown a similar lake below the southern Martian polar region, which was discovered by the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) on board the spacecraft Mars Express. The presence of a subglacial lake could…