The possibility of water on Mars has captured human imagination for over a century. In this free course, The Search for Water on Mars, find out more about how scientists have found evidence for water in the red planet’s past and present, and what this might mean for the possibility of life beyond Earth.Learn more ❯The search for water on Mars
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What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?
Discoveries of volcanoes on the surface of the Red Planet suggests that life could once have been supported there. Dave Rothery explains how.Read now ❯What do volcanoes tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?
The recent announcement wasn't the first time astronomers have spoken about water on Mars - but this time, it's what's in the water that has excited NASA, explains Dave Rothery.Read now ❯Haven't we been told there's water on Mars before?
Discover how asteroids and microbes flying through space could hold the secret to life on Earth - and maybe even MarsWatch now ❯60 Second Adventures In Astronomy: Life on Mars
In this 3 minute video, Dr Matt Balme in The Open University's Space Science research priority area, gives us a tour of his laboratory and shows how he models the landscape of Mars.Watch now ❯Dr Matt Balme on modelling the landscape of Mars
This certificate covers basic astronomy and planetary science. You'll study two broad themes of 'Stars and Galaxies' and 'Multiwavelength Astronomy'. Learn how astronomers 'measure' the Universe ? considering spectroscopy, imaging, and time-variability as observational tools. You'll study the formation, evolution and rebirth of stars and galaxies through energetic processes, and learn about their constituents. Learn about the formation and evolution of the Solar System and other planetary systems. Consider how life arose on Earth, and whether life exists beyond Earth. You'll look at planetary processes such as volcanism and impacts in the Solar System; the structure of planets and their atmospheres; and asteroids, comets and meteorites.Learn more ❯Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science
As Curiosity lands in a Martian crater, get to know the Red Planet a little more closely...Read now ❯Has Curiosity made you curious about Mars?
Loss of the Mars lander from its recent probe is diappointing, but the search for life on Mars goes on.Read now ❯What missing lander means for Europe’s quest to find life on Mars
The ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is about to land on the red planet. In this short video, our OU academics explain their role in the remarkable mission.Watch now ❯Dr Manish Patel and Dr Stephen Lewis on Landing on Mars