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NOBEL MEDICINE 2004

IG-NOBEL PRIZES
2004

Concerned Scientists write to Bush

Economics Nobel 2003

Chemistry Nobel 2003

Medicine Nobel 2003
Literature Nobel 2003

Physics Nobel 2003

Life on Mars ?
Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of Double Helix

Good Bye Dolly
On Stonehenge
The Loss of Columbia
IG Nobel 2002
The invention of :-)
West Nile Virus
Asteroid Impact?
Molecule Hunt
Tuxedo Park
Ancient Trade Routes
Pop Singer to Fly In Space
Great Ideas
Baraka

The Universe in a Nutshell
Copenhagen, the Play
Count of Monte Cristo
Nobel Prize 2001
John Nash
Echelon
Kernel Methods

Ig-Nobel Prize
Einstein's Brain
Space Turism
Floating City
Mir's Blast
Origins
Great Books
Nobel Prize
In the mind of:
Serial Killers
The secret shuttle
Are we aliens?
Studying ET
Dinosaurs
Bonobo
Pattern Analysis
Early Vibrators
and Hysteria
The CYB.ORGs
among us
Book: Darwin
Book: Russell

 

Life on the Surface of Mars ?

The indirect, circumstantial, evidence is mounting, but no proof has been produced so far.

Now scientists believe that there may be liquid water in some periods of the year in certain regions of the surface of Mars.

Other scientists are reviewing evidence fom the data of the historic 1976 Viking missions, also producing tantalizingly ambigous results.

Finally, the controversy surrounding the matian rock found in Antarctica, by many considered to contain bacterial fossils, has never really gone away.

On earth, the study of alien-like life forms in extreme conditions like oceanic vents has taught us where and what to look for, but still we have not found any direct evidence even of microbial life on the red planet.

Only 3 of the many landing probes ever sent to Mars ever managed to land safely, but this year 3 landing missions, one from Europe (Beagle 2 lander on board of the Mars Express Mission) and two from the US (Mars Exploration Rovers), will try again, carrying new instruments, explicitly aimed at settling the contoversy.

 

Will they make it ? In this page we will record their efforts ...

Beagle2 -- Mars Express

Mars Express will be the first 'flexible mission' in the revised ESA long-term scientific programme and is planned to be launched towards Mars in June 2003 by a Soyuz/Fregat rocket.

The spacecraft will carry a remote observation payload with some heritage from European instruments lost on the ill-fated Russian Mars 96 mission, as well as a lander communications package to support Mars lander missions from 2003 to 2007. The spacecraft will arrive at Mars in late December 2003.

As a result of the relative positions of Mars and Earth in 2003, a launch during this window offers the shortest journey, the minimum transit time, allowing the maximum payload with the reduced fuel requirements.

 

Mars Exploration Rover

NASA's twin robot geologists, the Mars Exploration Rovers, will launch toward Mars in 2003 in search of answers about the history of water on Mars.

The Mars Exploration Rover mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. The program seeks to take advantage of each launch opportunity to go to Mars, which comes around every 26 months as the planets move around the Sun. Scheduled for two separate launches between June 5 and July 15, 2003, the two rovers will be delivered in landing craft to separate sites on Mars in January 2004.



 

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