Ep. 626: Terrestrial Planets — Mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars

Jan 10, 2022 | Astronomy, Missions, Our Solar System, Planetary Science, Planets, podcast, Solar System, Spacecraft | 0 comments

We continue our refreshed tour of the Solar System, checking in on the inner terrestrial planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. What have we learned about their formation, evolution and what they might tell us about other planets in the Universe?

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Mercury (NASA)

Venus (NASA)

Mars (NASA)

Microbes A-Z: Your Questions Answered (AMNH)

NASA climate modeling suggests Venus may have been habitable (NASA)

What is the carbon cycle? (NOAA)

Plate Tectonics (USGS)

The Coronae of Venus: Evidence for Ongoing Volcanic Activity? (LPI)

Alien Life Could Theoretically Survive Within Venus’s Clouds, Scientists Say (Science Alert)

Are mysterious dark patches in Venusian clouds microbial life? (New Atlas)




Venus Climate Orbiter AKATSUKI (JAXA)

Venus Express (ESA)

Magellan (NASA JPL)

Escape Velocity (Hyperphysics)

Solar Wind (NOAA)

Water on Mars May Be Trapped in the Planet’s Crust, Not Lost to Space (Scientific American)

Dusty Snow on Mars Could be Melting Just Below the Surface (Universe Today)

Salty Liquids on Mars — Present, but not habitable? (LPI)

NASA Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today’s Mars (NASA)

Scientists find water in Mars’ Grand Canyon (EarthSky)

Earth isn’t ‘super’ because the sun had rings before planets (Rice University)

Supernovae and life on Earth appears closely connected (EurekAlert)

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