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Invader Xan is a molecular astrophysicist and part-time alien invader, who spends life looking at very small things on very large scales, and trying to better understand the chemistry of interstellar space.
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Tag Archives: mars
Look again at this dot. That’s not here. That’s not home. That’s certainly not us. The quest for water on planet Mars has become one of the most well known goals in space exploration, but it seems that perhaps we’re … Continue reading
The internet is all abuzz with talk of the strange shiny object that Curiosity’s found on Mars. Yep, 183.7 million miles away at the time I write this, and it’s still as easily distracted by a shiny object as I … Continue reading
I’ve always loved looking out towards the horizon. Especially by the shore on those beautifully clear days when you can see right to the edge of the sky. But just how far away is the horizon anyway? Actually, it’s pretty easy to calculate. Continue reading
Now this is what I call a face on Mars! This is an image, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, of the the Galle crater. And yes, it looks rather like a smiley face. Named after the astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle, this … Continue reading
This is a rock. It’s been given the seemingly arbitrary name of N165. Which, as I’m sure you can guess, means it’s no ordinary piece of basalt. This rock is special because it’s on Mars, and it’s set to be … Continue reading
Ladies and gentlemen and variations thereupon, I bid you welcome to this week’s edition of Carnival of Space. With Curiosity’s daredevil landing on Mars this week, there’s a distinctly martian flavour about this carnival! Whether this is your first time … Continue reading
From Star Wars to Pitch Black, Dune to Starship Troopers, the trope of the desert planet is widely recognised. So widely recognised, in fact, that all you really need to show in any sci fi offering is a single scene … Continue reading
Need a little musical entertainment? Here. Enjoy a little playlist of music to explore Mars to. Now you have something to listen to while you browse NASA JPL’s Mars Photojournal – over 7000 images of everyone’s favourite desert planet, including the … Continue reading
Remember that puzzle about the martian methane? No? Well, if you’d like a refresher, you may be interested to take a glance at my latest article over on Australian Science. On methane, Mars, and more… Image: Arabia Terra, Mars – ESA/DLR/FU … Continue reading