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Writer Fuel: It’s Spring on Mars, and the Polygons Are Blooming

NASA - Mars ice polygons

It’s springtime on Mars and the mysterious polygons are in bloom, a new image from the orbiting High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HIRISE) camera shows. Recorded on March 30, 2022, the image reveals a patchwork of white zig-zags cracking across the Martian soil at high latitudes, with occasional sprays of black and blue mist fanning out … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Perseverence Rover Has a Pet Rock

Perseverance Rover's pet rock - NASA

Roaming Mars is a lonely existence for NASA’s Perseverance, but the exploratory rover now has a traveling companion: a hitchhiking “pet rock” that got stuck in one of its wheels. Luckily, the Martian stone won’t impact the rover’s science mission and is only a minor inconvenience  — like having a pebble stuck in your shoe.  … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Marsquakes!

Mars - Pixabay

NASA’s marsquake-hunting lander has detected its two largest seismic events to date — and on the far side of the planet, no less. NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars in November 2018 carrying the most sensitive seismometer ever designed. Since the mission’s arrival, it has detected countless events dubbed marsquakes, using the signals to … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Mars Orbiter Finds Giant “Fingerprint” in Crater

Airy Crater "Fingerprint" - NASA

NASA has released a stunning image of a unique crater on Mars with strange, luminous ridges that give it the appearance of a human fingerprint. The crater in the photo is known as Airy-0, a 0.3-mile-wide (0.5 kilometer) depression that sits within the much larger Airy crater, which is around 27 miles (43.5 km) wide. … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: No, Curiosity Did Not Just Find Marvin the Martian’s House (But Wouldn’t It Be Cool If It Did?)

Martian "door" from Curiosity Rover - NASA

No, this is NOT a doorway for Martians. Although the internet erupted on Thursday after a photograph from NASA’s Curiosity rover appeared to show an “alien door,” experts are pretty sure it’s just a natural feature of the Martian landscape. “This is a very curious image,” British geologist Neil Hodgkins, who has studied the geology … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Was Mars Wetter for Longer Than We Thought?

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Observations by a long-running Mars mission suggest that liquid water may have flowed on the Red Planet as little as 2 billion years ago, much later than scientists once thought. Scientists charted the presence of chloride salt deposits left behind by flowing water using years of data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Life Imitates Fiction As Nasa Uses Antarctica as a Proxy for Mars

Antarctica - Pixabay

Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today: NASA is tracking two explorers on a 2,268-mile (3,650 kilometers) journey across Antarctica to learn more about humanity’s ability to survive on … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Water on Mars?

Mars - Pixabay

Welcome to the latest installment of “Writer Fuel – cool real-world stories that might inspire your little writer heart. Check out our Writer Fuel page on the LimFic blog for more inspiration. Today: Is there water on Mars? The fourth planet from our sun, Mars, is named after the Roman God of War, so dubbed … Read more