Mars http://www.kplu.org en Martian Mystery: How Water Could Have Flowed on Chilly Mars http://www.kplu.org/post/martian-mystery-how-water-could-have-flowed-chilly-mars <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A University of Washington researcher may have </span><a href="http://www.nature.com/ngeo/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/ngeo2000.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">helped solve a Martian mystery</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;by</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;explaining how the chilly surface of Mars could have once flowed with water.</span></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 23:10:42 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11328 at http://www.kplu.org Martian Mystery: How Water Could Have Flowed on Chilly Mars NASA: Rover Data Indicates Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life http://www.kplu.org/post/nasa-ancient-mars-could-have-supported-life The group of scientists working with NASA's Curiosity rover made a big announcement during a press conference today: "We have found a habitable environment that is so benign" if there was water there, "you be able to drink it," John P. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 22:09:28 +0000 7962 at http://www.kplu.org NASA: Rover Data Indicates Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Life Mars and the value of science http://www.kplu.org/post/mars-and-value-science <p>The Mars rover <a href="http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/"><em>Curiosity</em>&nbsp;</a>has been making its first tentative drives on the&nbsp;surface of the Red Planet. Soon, it will make a quarter-mile journey away from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradbury_Landing#cite_note-flood-11">Bradbury Landing</a> to explore a site called <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-246">Glenelg</a>, where it'll examine rock formations.</p><p>On this month's edition of The Digital Future, <a href="http://www.stratnews.com/">Strategic News Service</a> publisher Mark Anderson tells KPLU's Dave Meyer that the August 5th&nbsp;Mars landing is more than just another triumph for NASA; it's a reminder that <em>science is reality</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer & Mark Anderson 6091 at http://www.kplu.org Mars and the value of science Scientists look to Martian rocks for history of life http://www.kplu.org/post/scientists-look-martian-rocks-history-life NASA has sent rovers to explore Mars before. But three words explain what makes this latest mission to Mars so different: location, location, location.<p>The rover Curiosity is slated to land late Sunday in Gale Crater, near the base of a 3-mile-high mountain with layers like the Grand Canyon. Scientists think those rocks could harbor secrets about the history of water — and life — on the Red Planet.<p>"It's got a giant mountain in the middle of the crater. Sun, 05 Aug 2012 16:02:52 +0000 Joe Palca 5882 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists look to Martian rocks for history of life Red Planet, Green Thumb: How A NASA Scientist Engineers His Garden http://www.kplu.org/post/red-planet-green-thumb-how-nasa-scientist-engineers-his-garden Most mornings, space engineer <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/03/157597270/crazy-smart-when-a-rocker-designs-a-mars-lander">Adam Steltzner</a> wakes up at about 3 a.m., and before he can coax his tired body back to sleep, his mind takes over. And he starts to worry.<em> </em><p>Eventually Steltzner gives up on sleep and heads into his garden where, just as first light reveals the sky, all that thinking can turn into doing. Sat, 04 Aug 2012 14:25:57 +0000 5876 at http://www.kplu.org Red Planet, Green Thumb: How A NASA Scientist Engineers His Garden Boeing engineer practices Mars trip in Utah desert http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-engineer-practices-mars-trip-utah-desert <p>Despite having to endure a broken toilet, lousy food and fifteen days in a cramped research station in the Utah desert, a Boeing engineer says she&#39;s still enthusiastic about one day making a trip to Mars. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:00:41 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1225 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing engineer practices Mars trip in Utah desert