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45th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium Report

Posted by Ted Stryk on 2014/09/23 12:15 CDT | 1 comment

The 45th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium, usually focused on terrestrial studies, shifted this year to planetary science. Ted Stryk gives us an overview.

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Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 2

Posted by Tanya Harrison on 2014/08/28 11:17 CDT

Tanya Harrison wraps up the final week of Mars sample return analogue mission operations at the Canadian Space Agency.

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Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 1

Posted by Tanya Harrison on 2014/08/20 11:02 CDT | 1 comment

Tanya Harrison reports on Canada's efforts to simulate a Mars sample return mission here on Earth.

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Dunes on Tatooine

Posted by Ralph Lorenz on 2013/07/17 01:13 CDT

The fictional world Tatooine, scene of action in the Star Wars movies, is named after a town in Tunisia, where parts of the movies were filmed. The desert backdrops against which the movies were filmed are real terrestrial landscapes, which prove to be perhaps unexpectedly dynamic.

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No Place Like Home

Posted by Bill Dunford on 2013/04/21 03:07 CDT | 6 comments

Mars and Earth share a truly striking family resemblance, but there's no mistaking which one is home.

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Mars Above, Mars Below

Posted by Tyler Nordgren on 2012/03/02 06:55 CST

With Mars at opposition once again, astronomers around the world will soon be looking up for our best telescopic views of the Red Planet. But next weekend, I and a group of scientists will be turning our gaze downward for views of that alien planet.

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Six days in the crater (day one)

Posted by Pat Donohue on 2012/02/03 10:02 CST

This is the first in a series of posts based on field notes and memories supplemented by background reading material from the Meteor Crater Field Camp that was held from October 17-23, 2010.

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Evaporites on Titan

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2012/01/12 04:33 CST

Evaporites form on planetary surfaces when dissolved chemical solids precipitate out of saturated solution as their liquid solvent evaporates and, until recently, were known to exist only on Earth and Mars. This article from the IAG Planetary Geomorphology Working Group describes the third planetary instance of evaporite, discovered on Saturn's moon Titan.

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Reports from the 2009 arctic Mars analogue Svalbard expedition

Posted by Adrienne Kish on 2009/10/06 06:35 CDT | 1 comment

The expedition's goals were to integrate and test two new instruments for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and four for ESA's ExoMars rover.

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Reports from the 2009 arctic Mars analogue Svalbard expedition

Posted by Juan Diego Rodriguez-Blanco on 2009/10/06 12:10 CDT

The expedition's goals were to integrate and test two new instruments for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover and four for ESA's ExoMars rover.

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Exploring Mars on Earth: The Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla on 2009/08/31 06:10 CDT

High in the Arctic, just below Earth's north polar ice cap, biologists, geologists, and engineers come together in Svalbard every August to practice and prepare for an expedition to Mars.

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Dunes in the Outback Red Center

Posted by Jani Radebaugh on 2009/07/29 12:12 CDT

Jani talks about the importance of understanding analogs we can easily visit on Earth to processes happening across the solar system.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: return to civilization

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/29 02:25 CST

The team returns to civilization, having completed their Antarctic mission.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: snow ends the season

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/26 02:25 CST

The team wraps up their collection activites.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: tantalizingly close to the 500-meteorite mark

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/18 02:15 CST

The season total is at 489, tantalizingly close to the 500 meteorite barrier.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: bad days make for more blog fodder

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/13 02:10 CST

Writer's block strikes the expedition, as the group continues to collect meteorites.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: 237 meteorites await the long drive to Houston

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/09 02:10 CST

Fifty-five meteorites are collected by the team in a single day.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: not for the impatient

Posted by ANSMET team on 2009/01/04 01:55 CST

The team makes progress while facing extreme weather conditions.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: put-in at last; week of productive searches

Posted by ANSMET team on 2008/12/29 01:50 CST

A week of productive searching near the Davis Nunataks.

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The Antarctic search for meteorites: more waiting; runway's ready; ralph goes home

Posted by ANSMET team on 2008/12/22 01:50 CST

As the team waits, the runway is finished, and Ralph makes an exit.

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