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There may be way more water on Mars than we realized

September 28th, 2020

Researchers think they’ve spotted signatures of liquid water hiding out beneath the surface of Mars. The south pole in particular is apparently a hot spot for subglacial lakes, according to data from the Mars Express spacecraft. Future missions could investigate the claims and provide proof. Just exactly how much liquid water is on Mars? If …

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Saturn’s icy moon is even more active than we thought

September 21st, 2020

A study of Enceladus images from the Cassini orbiter has revealed new clues as to the age of the ice on different parts of the moon. The moon’s south pole is covered in new ice, which is expected, but its northern hemisphere also has young ice, which was a surprise.  Enceladus is one of the …

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This massive ice lake on Mars will take your breath away

July 6th, 2020

The ESA’s Mars Express orbiter captured images of a massive crater lake on the planet’s North Pole. Using data gathered by the mission, the ESA has created a virtual video flyover of the area. Mars once had liquid water on its surface, but it’s now too cold to support water in any form but ice …

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NASA is going to fire lasers at the Moon in the hopes of finding water

April 29th, 2020

NASA will send a ‘Lunar Flashlight’ to illuminate the shadowy craters and depressions on the Moon’s south pole. The space agency hopes to find water ice hiding out in these permanently dark areas. Future crewed missions to the Moon could utilize this ice as a resource, allowing for extended stays. Visit BGR’s homepage for more …

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Water ice on the Moon may be billions of years old

October 14th, 2019

There’s ice on the Moon. Various research efforts have shown this to be the case, and scientists are doing their best to find out exactly how much ice is accessible on the lunar surface. In the not-so-distant future, crewed missions to the Moon may attempt to use that ice as a resource, so it makes …

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Mars’ North Pole looks so bizarre in new photo by ExoMars orbiter

September 17th, 2019

The Mars we often seen in photos from rovers and orbiters is dry, dusty, and barren, but there are parts of the planet that, when viewed separately, could trick you into thinking you’re looking at a totally foreign alien land. The latest snapshot captured by the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter fits perfectly into that latter …

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Watch a Wisconsin lake swallow a pickup truck whole

February 18th, 2019

Ice fishing is a cherished tradition in the northern U.S. states and I, dear friend, happen to live very near a popular ice fishing destination in Wisconsin. The mighty (and shallow) Lake Winnebago is always packed with sportsmen this time of year and, inevitably, someone drives somewhere they shouldn’t have. This year, one such incident …