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Gullies on Mars: Wet or Dry (Ice)?

Tanya Harrison • August 17, 2016

Martian gullies were in the spotlight last week thanks to a NASA press release stating they were "likely not formed by liquid water" based on spectral results. But how does this stack up against their morphology?

Atmospheric Waves Awareness: An Explainer

Anna Scott • April 20, 2016

There are two types of atmospheric waves that are critically important on Earth and other planets: gravity waves and planetary waves.

Planetary Deep Drill Field Test: Road Trip

Bruce Betts • December 14, 2015

The Planetary Deep Drill is being tested in a California gypsum mine. Several Planetary Society staff took a road trip to visit the ongoing Honeybee Robotics test of this prototype robotic drill that could one day drill hundreds of meters into planetary ices.

A Roundup of Dust Devil Research

Ralph Lorenz • November 02, 2015

Planetary scientist Ralph Lorenz briefs us on the current state of our knowledge on dust devils on Earth and Mars.

Preparing for the Journey to the Moon, Mars and Beyond

Deepak Dhingra • October 21, 2015

Deepak Dhingra reports on a planetary analog field trip exploring a very young volcanic terrain in Idaho at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve.

Roving Mars—In Utah

Bill Dunford • August 19, 2015

Students gather in the desert to answer the University Rover Challenge, pushing the limits of the tech that will drive future Mars exploration.

LPSC 2015: Aeolian Processes on Mars and Titan

Nathan Bridges • March 26, 2015

Planetary scientist Nathan Bridges reports on results from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference about the action of wind on the surfaces of Mars and Titan.

45th Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium Report

Ted Stryk • September 23, 2014

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

Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 2

Tanya Harrison • August 28, 2014

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

Canadian Mars Analogue Mission: Field Report, Week 1

Tanya Harrison • August 20, 2014

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

Dunes on Tatooine

Ralph Lorenz • July 17, 2013

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.

No Place Like Home

Bill Dunford • April 21, 2013

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

Mars Above, Mars Below

Tyler Nordgren • March 02, 2012

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.

Six days in the crater (day one)

Pat Donohue • February 03, 2012

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.

Evaporites on Titan

Emily Lakdawalla • January 12, 2012

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.

Molar Tooth Texture

Ryan Anderson • August 12, 2010

Ok, so remember the weird rock I showed in my Galcier Park geology post?

The Geology of Glacier National Park: Part 1

Ryan Anderson • August 08, 2010

Well, the field trip is over and I am happy to say that I was not eaten by any bears. They seemed much more interested in the huckleberries.

The enigmatic mounds of Acidalia Planitia

Emily Lakdawalla • August 04, 2010

Acidalia Planitia is a large basin in Mars' northern lowlands, a dark splotch visible even from Earth telescopes.

Big Sky Country

Ryan Anderson • July 31, 2010

Well folks, I'm headed off to Big Sky Country tomorrow (aka Montana)! I'll start the week at the MSL camera team meeting, where I will get all sorts of cool news about the MastCam, MAHLI and MARDI cameras which I will not be able to share with you.

Saturn's hexagon is not unique

Emily Lakdawalla • June 29, 2010

It turns out that Saturn's not the only place that displays geometrical shapes in its atmosphere. Earth does too.

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