The Gusev crater on Mars may not be what NASA thinks it is, a planetary scientist reported last week. On Jan. 3, the first of NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers will land inside Gusev crater. Among the spacecraft’s goals: to study evidence of a deep lake that NASA says lay there for millions of years. In such an environment, scientists think, Martian life – if it ever existed – may have taken root. But James Rice, a researcher at Arizona State University, says that the crater may never have been home to a lake.
Was Mars crater formed by water? Rover to check The Dallas Morning News
Research is serving up the evidence for brain food The Dallas Morning News
Eating a spinach salad for lunch every day might be smarter than you think – it could make you think smarter. If you don’t like spinach, try a cup of blueberries instead. Unless you plan on flying to Mars – or otherwise exposing yourself to cosmic rays. In that case forget the blueberries – snarf down a daily pint of strawberries.
New meteorite gallery includes rare pieces of solar system The Dallas Morning News
Oscar Monnig used to pay anyone who brought him a meteorite. This week, the new Monnig Meteorite Gallery opens on the campus of Texas Christian University. The museum showcases decades of work by the Fort Worth businessman, who died in 1999. There is one meteorite from the moon, and three from Mars. Also, a basketball-sized chunk of the rock that blasted Meteor Crater in northern Arizona. And a piece of the meteorite that crumpled a car’s trunk in Peekskill, N.Y., in 1992.