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Description

The possibility of water on Mars has captured human imagination for over a century.

In this 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.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:20:00
  • Observing Mars from Earth 00:15:00
    • Why search for water? 00:20:00
    • Why is water so important? 00:15:00
    • Surface tension 00:10:00
    • Specific heat capacity 00:20:00
    • Water as a solvent 00:20:00
    • Water’s key properties 00:10:00
    • How do we find water on Mars? 00:05:00
    • The shape of the martian surface 00:15:00
    • A record in the rocks 00:15:00
    • The search is on! 00:07:00
    • How it all began: a tale of why resolution matters 00:20:00
    • Viking 1 and 2: looking for life but finding water! 00:10:00
    • Meteorites – rock samples from Mars! 00:10:00
    • Water in meteorites 00:15:00
    • The 1990s revival 00:20:00
    • Next generation – detecting water from space 00:05:00
    • Mars Odyssey 00:10:00
    • Mars Express 00:20:00
    • Landing robotic geologists on Mars 00:25:00
    • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter 00:15:00
    • Phoenix Lander – a better look at the polar region 00:07:00
    • Rolling on the ground again: MSL 00:40:00
    • New rovers arrive! 00:15:00
    • Observations from space continue 00:15:00
    • Pulling the evidence together 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00

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