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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.

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5 hrs
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Surviving as communities

Ann Grand, Lecturer in Astrobiology Education, interviews Dr Sevasti Filippidou, a Post-Doctoral Research Associate with AstrobiologyOU, on her research looking at microbial life and ecologies in extreme environments and how microbes adapt and survive. 

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Diary of a Mars operations day

Dr Susanne P. Schwenzer outlines a day in the life of the operations team for the Mars rover, Curiosity.

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What can Earth tell us about Mars?

As NASA’s Perseverance rover gears up for its mission to collect and test rock samples from the Jezero Crater on Mars, Michael Macey talks about his work, what got him started in this area of research and where he hopes it will go with Ann Grand (Lecturer in Astrobiology Education).

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Astrobiology on OpenLearn

Astrobiology explores whether there might be life elsewhere in the Universe. We've got a fantastic range of FREE resources on OpenLearn so that you can learn more about this fascinating area.

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15 minutes on Mars

Have you ever looked up into the night sky at the red planet and wanted to know more? Now here’s your chance to explore Mars.

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60-Second Adventures in Astronomy

Ever wondered where the Universe came from? Or more importantly, where it's headed? Voiced by David Mitchell, this series of 60 second animations examines different scientific concepts from the big bang to relativity, from black holes to dark matter. The series also explores the possibility of life beyond Earth and considers why David Bowie is still none the wiser about life on Mars.

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Haven't we been told there's water on Mars before?

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.

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What does clay tell us about the possibility of life on Mars?

Dave Rotherey explains the implications of new research into the clay surface of Mars.

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Why has Donald Trump set his sights on the Moon?

The President has instructed NASA to build a camp on the Moon. It might be a better idea than trying to get straight to Mars, as this New Scientist short, sharp, science video explains.

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Does it snow on Mars?

A new study - and photographic evidence - suggests that sometimes it snows on the Red Planet. Dave Rothery explains how.

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Mars: A collection

OpenLearn has been covering the scientific research into our neighbour in space for nearly twenty years. Dip into our archive...

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