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What’s cool in space? Asteroids! News

by David, 30 August 2018 | 0 comments

Image of a spacecraft.

Sometimes space missions can seem a bit faddish. Four spacecraft are currently orbiting Mars, and at least three missions are looking for new planets outside our solar system. But the new hotness, it seems, is asteroids.

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Mars storms a risk to rovers News

by David, 21 June 2018 | 1 comments

If you think the weather here on Earth is bad, be glad you don’t live on Mars. Storms currently cover much of the planet, with wind speeds of around 100 kilometres per hour. So spare a thought for the intrepid Mars rovers currently bearing the brunt of the storm.

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On Earth and Mars, time and travel – a quick quiz Quiz

by David, 14 March 2018 | 0 comments

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Put your thinking caps on, it’s time to test your skills in chemistry, time, space, tech and biology!

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Making bricks on Mars News

by David, 25 May 2017 | 0 comments

An illustration of an underground Mars base.

If you’ve ever dreamed of living on Mars, you’ve probably realised you’ll need a place to live. That’s one reason to be excited about Martian brick research being conducted by scientists in the United States. Recently, a team showed that it’s actually quite easy to make bricks out of Mars dirt. But how did they…

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Water on Mars? Super cool!

by David, 12 June 2015 | 1 comments

It’s drier than any desert on Earth. On Mars, pure water exists only as a gas or a solid. Vast amounts of ice are found at the north and south poles and buried underground, but there’s not a drop to drink. “Liquid water isn’t stable on the Mars surface because of the temperatures and the…

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Brave little rover News

by Sarah, 31 January 2014 | 0 comments

Written by Neha Karl On 22 January 2014, Earth received a selfie from Mars Rover Opportunity – proving she is still going strong 10 years after she first landed on Mars! The image from Opportunity was taken with her panoramic camera, and showed the rover covered in dust.

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What a corker! News

by Pat, 4 October 2013 | 0 comments

Cross-section of cork bark.

Written by Sarah Kellett Bottles of champagne may send corks sky high, but spacecraft take cork as far as Mars. Their success depends on it. Cork reached new heights as part of the protective aeroshell that insulated the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity from the intense heat of entering the Martian atmosphere.

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Australia dishes news of Mars landing News

by Jasmine, 10 August 2012 | 0 comments

Artist's impression of Curiosity landing on Mars.

Written by Sarah Kellett When the rover Curiosity landed on Mars on 6 August (AEST), Australia was listening. Between hitting the atmosphere and landing safely, there were ‘seven minutes of terror’. Then, mission scientists heard the good news.

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