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Viking Mosaic of Mars

After Earth, Mars is the most intensively studied planet in the Solar System. Scientists have been able to use data from telescopes and space probes to map the martian surface and deduce the chemistry of rocks and the atmosphere. In addition, 33 meteorites are now accepted to have come from Mars. Studying their mineralogy and geochemistry tells us about the geology of the Red Planet, and the Natural History Museum has fragments of 12 of these meteorites. One of the particular fascinations about Mars is that all the information points towards the occasional presence of liquid water during the planet's history.

This website is aimed at students or others wishing to learn about some aspects of current Mars and martian meteorite research including that done at the Natural History Museum and Open University.



Mars and Martian Meteorites / John Bridges / March 2004