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A material way to make Mars habitable

Silica aerogel could warm the Martian surface similar to the way greenhouse gasses keep Earth warm.

15 Jul 2019 Nature Astronomy

Experiments with salt-tolerant bacteria in brine have implications for life on Mars

The likelihood is high that at times surface salts may be able to attract sufficient water to form brines that can support microbial growth.

21 Jun 2019 ASM Microbe 2019

Meteors help Martian clouds form

How did the Red Planet get all of its clouds? CU Boulder researchers may have discovered the secret: just add meteors.

17 Jun 2019 Nature Geoscience

The rheology and thermal history of Mars revealed by the orbital evolution of Phobos

By exploiting the relationship between Mars and Phobos within an established in situ scenario for the early origin of the moons of Mars, we find that Mars was moderately hotter than it is today, and that its mantle sluggishly deforms in the dislocation creep regime.

22 May 2019 Nature