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The Mysteries of Mars

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Mars might not be the final frontier, but could it be the next? Smaller than Earth, Mars has two moons—Phobos and Deimos—a 687-day-year and contains an atmosphere generally populated by carbon dioxide and intense dust storms. What are we learning from continued exploration? Surely not everything, but as it turns out, quite a lot. For example, although only 16 of 39 international martian missions have been successful, we do know that Mars is home to the Solar System's tallest mountain. And from NASA's current mission using the Curiosity rover as the organization's eyes, ears and hands, scientists have been able to definitively say the Gale Crater landing site could have possibly supported microbial life in the past. Researchers and science enthusiasts alike have wondered for years when conditions on the red planet will be inhabitable for human life, and they may be wondering for a while. Although current data points to the possibility of life, long-term sustainability is still a futuristic concept.

What other discoveries lie in wait on Mars? Only time and exploration will tell. Until then, check out this playlist to follow the Curiosity rover's adventures and learn more about the amazing properties of Mars.

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From the highest volcano to the deepest canyon, from impact craters to ancient river beds and lava flows, this showcase of images from ESA's Mars Express takes you on an unforgettable journey across the Red Planet. Mars Express was launched on 2 June 2003 and arrived at Mars six-and-a-half months later. It has since orbited the planet nearly 12 500 times, providing scientists with unprecedented images and data collected by its suite of scientific instruments. The data have been used to create an almost global digital topographic model of the surface, providing a unique visualisation and enabling researchers to acquire new and surprising information about the evolution of the Red Planet. The images in this movie were taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera and the video was released by the DLR German Aerospace Center as part of the ten years of Mars Express celebrations in June 2013. The music has been created by Stephan Elgner of DLR's Mars Express planetary cartography team. DLR developed and is operating the stereo camera. See the original version here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Me4Jrk0UmJg See more videos about Mars Express: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8mb_AH9FyKsp--7NCDw0_o0 Released: 28 October 2013 Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
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In this interview, Ernst Hauber, a planetary geologist at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research, talks about the geology of Mars, its long-lasting volcanism, its tectonics and the development of the crust of the planet. Completed Date: 13 August 2013 Credit: DLR German Aerospace Center (CC-BY 3.0).
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A company called MarsOne wants to launch the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. They are currently accepting applications, but as Trace reveals, there's a huge catch. DNews is a show about the science of everyday life. We post two new videos every day of the week. Watch More http://www.youtube.com/dnewschannel Subscribe http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzWQYUVCpZqtN93H8RR44Qw?sub_confirmation=1 DNews Twitter https://twitter.com/dnews Anthony Carboni Twitter: https://twitter.com/acarboni Laci Green Twitter https://twitter.com/gogreen18 Trace Dominguez Twitter https://twitter.com/trace501 DNews Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DNews DNews Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/106194964544004197170/posts DNews Website http://discoverynews.com/
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Hank discusses the challenges involved in manned space travel to Mars, and sends us a message from his 17-year-old self. Like SciShow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Follow SciShow on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow References for this episode can be found in the Google document here: http://dft.ba/-2vTp This video contains the following sounds from Freesound.org: "Space Fighter Pass.wav" by Matt_G "grenade.wav" by ljudman "slot 6.mp3" by milton. "Space Shuttle Launch.mp3" by CGEffex mars, space, manned space flight, NASA, humanity, colonization, scishow, astronomy, science, hank green, mars exploration, space exploration, moon, space craft, booster vehicle, constellation, space launch system, SLS, space shuttle, orion multipurpose crew vehicle, asteroid, mars society, mars direct, space X, falcon heavy, radiation, isolation, mars desert research station, hanksville
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Is there or has there ever been life on Mars? One of the most hotly debated questions in space exploration, but now thanks to ESA's Mars Express mission, which celebrated 10 years in orbit this summer, our understanding of the Red planet has taken a massive leap forward. To see more videos about Mars Express, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8mb_AH9FyKsp--7NCDw0_o0. Release Date: 2 September 2013 Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
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Watch How To Explore Mars from the pioneers of how to videos. This informative video will give you informative instructions to ensure you get good at solar system. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=videojugeducation Check Out Our Channel Page: http://www.youtube.com/user/videojugeducation Like Us On Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/videojug Follow Us On Twitter! http://www.twitter.com/videojug Watch This and Other Related films here: http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-live-on-mars
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Travel across the dramatic flood plains of Mars to celebrate ten years of imaging the Red Planet with Mars Express Ten years ago, on 14 January 2004, Mars Express took its very first images of Mars in colour and in 3D. To mark the occasion, the team produced a fly-through movie of the ancient flood plain Kasei Valles. The movie is based on the 67-image mosaic released as part of the ten-years-since-launch celebrations in June 2013. See http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Mars_Express/The_floodwaters_of_Mars. The scene spans 987 km in the north--south direction, 19--36°N, and 1550 km in the east--west direction (280--310°E). It covers 1.55 million square kilometres, an area equivalent to the size of Mongolia. Kasei Valles is one of the largest outflow channel systems on Mars, created during dramatic flood events. From source to sink, it extends some 3000 km and descends 3 km. Kasei Valles splits into two main branches that hug a broad island of fractured terrain -- Sacra Mensa -- rising 2 km above the channels that swerve around it. While weaker materials succumbed to the erosive power of the fast-flowing water, this hardier outcrop has stood the test of time. Slightly further downstream, the flood waters did their best to erase the 100 km-wide Sharonov crater, crumpling its walls to the south. Around Sharonov many small streamlined islands form teardrop shapes rising from the riverbed as water swept around these natural obstacles. The Planetary Science and Remote Sensing Group at Freie Universität Berlin produced the movie. The processing of the High Resolution Stereo Camera image data was carried out at the DLR German Aerospace Center. Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum) / Music: Crabtambour
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Plutonium powered robot car! With a laser gun! That's (kind of) what's hurtling through space right now as part of NASA Mars Science Laboratory heads for the Red Planet. Hank walks you through this historic mission, with the help of some kick ass animations (thanks NASA!). Mars Science Laboratory http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/ Follow SciShow on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Like SciShow on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Credits: Produced by Hank Green Chief Editor: Blake de Pastino Cinematographer: Nick Jenkins Video Editor: Matt Ferguson Graphics: Amber Bushnell Written by Dave Loos TAGS: scishow, sci show, mars science laboratory, curiosity, curiosity rover, mars, nasa, jpl, hank green, vlogbrothers, sky crane, spirit, opportunity, mls, frickin, excited, lasers, space
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Although gullies are most common in the middle latitudes of Mars, they are also found in equatorial regions. This image shows a 3-kilometer-wide impact crater with gullies all along the steep inner slopes. An enhanced-color cutout (http://static.uahirise.org/images/2014/details/cut/ESP_035945_1755.jpg) better distinguishes the gully deposits from the surrounding boulder fields. These slopes are very steep, so a fluid like water is not required to explain gully formation. Written by: Alfred McEwen (audio: Tre Gibbs) (16 April 2014) See more videos about Mars Science Theme: Impact Processes: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8nZMYcU50PC3xmbJot9Ox-B See more videos about HiRISE, High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Instrument): Second Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8mrQ9uoP8TlfPBvOQ3M-tPg First Playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6vzpF_OEV8nfAL7zVkUWJpw-_9jkJjtZ HiRISE, High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment: "Explore Mars, one giant image at a time." The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. HiRISE is operated by the University of Arizona, Tucson. The instrument was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the Context Camera. http://www.uahirise.org/ Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona