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Could the Surface of Phobos Reveal Secrets of the Martian Past? (NASA Feature)
FEBRUARY 1, 2021

If soil from Phobos were analyzed in labs on Earth, it could reveal key information about the evolution of the Martian atmosphere, researchers say. Mars once had an atmosphere thick enough to support liquid water on its surface; today, it's less than 1% as dense as Earth's.

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Simulations Show Lander Exhaust Could Cloud Studies of Lunar Ices (APL Press Release)
AUGUST 13, 2020

A new study led by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, shows that exhaust from a mid-sized lunar lander can quickly spread around the Moon and potentially contaminate scientifically vital ices at the lunar poles.

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Cosmic Rays and the Weakening Solar Cycle (Space Weather News)
AUGUST 11, 2020

Cosmic rays are the bane of astronauts. They come from deep space, energetic particles hurled in all directions by supernova explosions and other violent events. No amount of spacecraft shielding can stop the most energetic cosmic rays, leaving astronauts exposed whenever they leave the Earth-Moon system.

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