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The search for water on Mars
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.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the history of Mars and the role of its environment on the presence of water over time
- describe the methods used to find water on Mars, including the techniques employed by robotic and orbiting spacecraft
- evaluate the evidence for water on Mars
- describe the different settings in which water has been in Mars’ past and today
- understand the implications of finding water on the possibility of finding life.
First Published: 18/08/2021
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- 1 Observing Mars from Earth
- 2 Why search for water?
- 3 How do we find water on Mars?
- 4 The search is on!
- 4 The search is on!
- 4.1 How it all began: a tale of why resolution matters
- 4.2 Viking 1 and 2: looking for life but finding water!
- 4.3 Meteorites – rock samples from Mars!
- 4.4 The 1990s revival
- 4.5 Next generation – detecting water from space
- 4.6 Landing robotic geologists on Mars
- 4.7 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
- 4.8 Phoenix Lander – a better look at the polar region
- 4.9 Rolling on the ground again: MSL
- 4.10 Observations from space continue
- 5 Pulling the evidence together
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