Showing posts from June, 2019

NASA Rover on Mars Detects Puff of Gas That Hints at Possibility of Life Source:   By Kenneth Chang, The New York Times. Excerpt: Mars, it appears, is belching a large amount of a gas that could be a sign of microbes living on the planet today. In a measurement taken on Wednesday, NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air, a gas that on Earth is usually produced by living things. The data arrived back on Earth on Thursday, and by Friday, scientists working on the mission were excitedly discussing the news, which has not yet been announced by NASA. ...Methane, if it is there in the thin Martian air, is significant, because sunlight and chemical reactions would break up the molecules within a few centuries. Thus any methane detected now must have been released recently. On Earth, microbes known as methanogens thrive in places lacking oxygen, such as rocks deep underground and the digestive tracts of animals, and they release methane as a was

Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) is shrinking

• comparison image between Pioneer’s visit(s) and a more recent ground-based image - • HST images - • animation of GRS shrunk another 20% or so - • Christopher Go - • Anthony Wesley (see 2019 Apr) - • Damian Peach (2019) -