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Habitable planets more abundant than stars: study


April 30th, 2012 - 12:55 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, April 30 (IANS) Determining the habitability of rocky, earth-like planets will be crucial for us as a species, but the good news is that they are probably more abundant ... Read more...

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Water in Mars regions may have rudimentary life


December 13th, 2011 - 2:26 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Dec 13 (IANS) Patches of Mars sub-surface could contain water and sustain a rudimentary form of life, such as martian microbes, reveals a study. "Our models tell us that ... Read more...

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Sand dunes in Northern Mars actively changing


February 4th, 2011 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 4 (ANI): An investigation led by a Planetary Science Institute researcher has revealed that the avalanche faces of huge Martian sand dunes, long thought to be frozen in time on ... Read more...

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Carbon content of some comets may be lower than thought


December 14th, 2010 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 14 (ANI): The carbon content of some comets may be lower than previously estimated, suggests a new study.Using a comet as a far-flung laboratory, a Planetary Science Institute researcher has ... Read more...

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Shallow reservoirs of liquid water may have been common on Mars


November 23rd, 2010 - 12:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): Shallow groundwater reservoirs may have been common on Mars, says a new study.An international research team led by the Planetary Science Institute studied collapsed terrains that occur within ... Read more...

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How seas and lakes may have once developed on Mars


October 19th, 2010 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 19 (ANI): Planetary Science Institute researchers have discovered a new explanation for how seas and lakes may have once developed on Mars.J. Alexis Palmero Rodriguez, research scientist at PSI, has ... Read more...

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Ocean asteroid impact could damage Earth’s protective ozone layer


October 14th, 2010 - 6:05 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 14 (ANI): If a medium-sized asteroid were to land in the oceans a tsunami wouldn't be the only worry, say scientists- Earth's ozone layer could be at risk too.A new ... Read more...

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New find points toward habitable environments deep in Martian crust


October 12th, 2010 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 12 (ANI): A Planetary Science Institute researcher has said that a new discovery of hydrothermally altered carbonate-bearing rocks on Mars points toward habitable environments deep in the Martian crust.A deposit ... Read more...

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Carbon dioxide finding on Mars hints at ancient life


October 12th, 2010 - 12:00 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 12 (IANS) Mars was once rich in carbon dioxide, suggesting life on the red planet. Widespread deposits of carbonate rock are buried a few miles beneath the surface, according ... Read more...

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Mars CO2 leak linked to existence of life


October 11th, 2010 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 11 (ANI): Scientists have revealed that life may have existed on Mars thanks to the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.The revelation has been made after satellite data suggested huge amounts of ... Read more...

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Boffins achieve greater precision in determining meteorites’ age


July 22nd, 2010 - 5:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 22 (ANI): Scientists have aged dated a group of meteorites with far greater precision than previously possible - by using a different type of radioactive dating on a particularly difficult ... Read more...

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Man in the moon has ‘graphite whiskers’


July 2nd, 2010 - 1:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 2 (ANI): Scientists have established the presence of graphite, a form of carbon, in a lunar sample collected by Apollo 17. The new analysis also revealed that graphite has existed ... Read more...

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Existence of historic lakes on Mars confirmed


June 8th, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 8 (ANI): A geologic mapping project using NASA spacecraft data offers new evidence that expansive lakes did exist long ago on Mars.A series of sedimentary deposits indicates the presence of ... Read more...

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Antarctica may have been formed by asteroid strike: Study


June 2nd, 2010 - 1:45 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 2 (ANI): According to a new study, a massive asteroid that hit the Timor Sea around 35 million years ago may have contributed to the formation of the Antarctic ice ... Read more...

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Giant asteroid collision created 50 km wide undersea dome


May 24th, 2010 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, May 24 (IANS) Scientists have identified a dome, rather than a crater, at least 50 km across, buried under the Timor Sea. It was created by a giant asteroid smashing into ... Read more...

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Mars had complex hydrological past, reveals new evidence


December 17th, 2009 - 5:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, December 17 (ANI): In a new research, a tam of scientists has reported new evidence for multiple, water-related geologic processes on Mars, thus indicating that the Red Planet had a complex ... Read more...

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NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft to zero in on Mercury’s crust


September 29th, 2009 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 29 (ANI): The Neutron Spectrometer flying aboard NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is all set to take a closer look at Mercury to understand the planet's crust, as the spacecraft make its ... Read more...

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Scientists create first detailed maps of dry ice deposited in Martian polar regions


September 16th, 2009 - 4:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 16 (ANI): Scientists from the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute have created the first detailed maps that show the amount of dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) deposited in the polar regions ... Read more...

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40th anniversary of Moon landing an opportunity to look forward to future space exploration


July 22nd, 2009 - 3:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 22 (ANI): A scientist has said that the 40th anniversary of the Apollo lunar landing is a time to look back and, especially, an opportunity to look forward to future ... Read more...

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Factors other than trapped ice limit dune movement on Mars


July 8th, 2009 - 12:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 8 (ANI): A study has determined that snow and ice trapped inside dunes on Mars does not entirely stop their movement, a finding which indicates that other factors are limiting ... Read more...

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Martian climate was life-friendly more recently than thought


July 1st, 2009 - 12:11 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 1 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have found evidence that indicates the Martian climate was life-friendly more recently than thought.Matthew Balme, a research scientist with the Tucson-based Planetary Science ... Read more...

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Scientists find first conclusive signature for uranium on Moon


June 30th, 2009 - 12:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 30 (ANI): A team of scientists has found the first conclusive signature for the presence of uranium on the lunar surface, an element not seen in previous Moon-mapping efforts.The uranium ... Read more...

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“Noise” from space may help reveal mass of near-Earth asteroids


April 4th, 2009 - 5:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 4 (ANI): Planetary scientists are all set to turn "noise" from the data obtained by NASA/ESA LISA satellites' mission into useful information about the mass of near-Earth asteroids.LISA is on ... Read more...

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Water has played large role in shaping Martian landscape


February 6th, 2009 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 6 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have determined that geologic features in Martian craters suggest deposition and flow of water and ice, which is further evidence for the ... Read more...

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Astronomers hope to get Pluto recognized as planet in 2009


January 3rd, 2009 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 3 (ANI): In 2009, a group of astronomers is planning to get the ruling that Pluto is not the ninth planet of our solar system, overturned.The International Astronomical ... Read more...

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Rock varnish could provide a habitat for Martian bacteria


December 17th, 2008 - 12:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 17 (ANI): A new study has suggested that rock varnish could provide a niche habitat for microbial life on Mars and in other extraterrestrial environments devoid of liquid water.The ... Read more...

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Smaller and more recent geological features on Mars can now be dated


October 13th, 2008 - 2:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 13 (ANI): The crater-counting system that scientists have used since the 1970s to determine the age of large geologic features on Mars will also allow them to date small ... Read more...

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Scientists once again in the great planetary debate


September 22nd, 2008 - 1:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 22 (ANI): Scientists have again started the great debate on the exact definition of a planet, and have come out with conflicting viewpoints.Two years ago, the International Astronomical Union ... Read more...

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Water may have existed on some parts of Mars longer than previously believed


September 17th, 2008 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 17 (ANI): A new research has suggested that surface water may have existed in some parts of the Martian landscape a billion years longer than previous studies have shown. Catherine ... Read more...

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New research may unmask comets posing as asteroids


September 4th, 2008 - 4:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 4 (ANI): A new research is aiming to unmask some Near Earth Objects (NEOs), which are comets posing as asteroids. NEOs are objects whose orbits bring them in close proximity ... Read more...

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Scientist produces most accurate and detailed topography maps of the solar system


August 20th, 2008 - 3:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 20 (ANI): A scientist has produced the most accurate and detailed topography maps of the solar system as yet.The scientist in question is Robert Gaskell from the Planetary Science ... Read more...

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Fight for renewing Plutos status on


August 16th, 2008 - 7:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug.16 (ANI): Supporters of Pluto are fighting to restore its title, but others say it''s time to move on.The current 8-planet system versus the 13-planet systemwhich would include Plutowas ... Read more...

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Our solar system may have 13 planets


August 13th, 2008 - 1:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 13 (ANI): A scientist has come out with a new definition for a planet, according to which, our solar system would have 13 planets in total.According to Mark Sykes, ... Read more...

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Pluto should get back its planet status, claim astronomers


August 10th, 2008 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 10 (ANI): Former ninth planet Pluto should get back its planet-status, say leading astronomers.This week, many senior space scientists, including NASA experts will be debating the controversial decision by ... Read more...

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Computer model suggests large Planet X might lurk beyond Pluto


June 19th, 2008 - 4:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 19 (ANI): A new computer model has suggested that an icy, unknown world, referred to as Planet X, might lurk in the distant reaches of our solar system beyond ... Read more...

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