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For 10 days this summer I attended the summer course “Volcanism, Plate Tectonics, Hydrothermal Vents and Life” on Terceira island, the Azores, Portugal. I myself research the interplay between tectonics and volcanism on Mars, so the summer course looked quite promising. The course however turned out to have a big emphasis on the latter subject, […]

I recently saw The Martian in the cinema. The story is based on a book with the same title by Andy Weir. I still have to read the book, but I found the movie to be quite nice. It can perhaps best be summarized as ‘MacGyver in Space’ and deals with the adventures of astronaut […]

Earlier this month I saw an announcement (PDF) passing by in my email inbox for a scientific workshop with quite an unusual and unexpected subject: the First Landing Site/Exploration Zone Workshop for Human Missions to the Surface of Mars. This workshop will be held at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, Texas from October 27 to 30 this […]

DARPA announced it is currently engineering the organisms which will terraform Mars. For those who don’t know DARPA, it stands for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and it is part of the U.S. Department of Defense. Its where they came up with early versions of the internet and GPS. So my guess is that when DARPA […]

Next time you find yourself walking on a beach or at a river please be aware that you might bump into something quite spectacular, a shape or pattern formed by natural processes which can also be observed on other bodies in our Solar System. I present here two examples formed by flow. The flowing landscape […]

Source: NASA Photojournal

Als geen-TV bezitter bekijk ik zo nu en dan programma’s via Uitzending Gemist. Zo ook Missie Aarde, van de VPRO, op TV uitgezonden Januari dit jaar. In het kort: onze Aarde is door klimaatverandering bijna onbewoonbaar geworden en alleen Nederland is nog niet overstroomd. Echt grappig om bij de intro de perfecte landgrenzen van Nederland […]

Other planets instead of the Moon: Saturn instead of the Moon:

The new NASA rover Curiosity landed successfully on Mars at 5:14:39 UTC. If you want to read a thorough engineering background of the landing please go here. Here I just want to list here the amazing images and video capturing the landing from different ‘angles’: The descent imager MARDI was turned on the moment the […]

I just saw the following HiRISE image while browing through my ArcGIS Mars database: It made me wonder why these dunes only form at the edge of the plateau… When zoomed in the dunes also show a strange pattern: Is this water ice? The image can be viewed by downloading HiView and pointing it to […]