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Ultimate Mars; a panoramic review
The successive discoveries on Martian environment, and remarkably those achieved by means of rover Curiosity’s investigations throughout the last five years, are unveiling a whole new world, significantly different from that depicted just before its exploration began [...]

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The winds of Mars
Although Mars is by far the best-known planet of the Solar System, there is a basic feature of its atmosphere dynamics about which, in contrast, there is a surprising lack of observational data: the wind. [...]

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The tricky development of HABIT
HABIT is a quite simple instrument in its very basic idea, whose main goal is to demonstrate and to monitor the formation of liquid aqueous solutions by deliquescence of highly hygroscopic chlorine salts present in the Martian soil. [...]

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NEXT TWENTY YEARS WILL BE A CRUCIAL TIME FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
During the last visit to Luleå Tekniska Universitet, the eminent meteorologist Sir Brian Hoskins, apart from offering a lecture about his innovative studies on the Hadley Cell, he devoted some time to discuss about Climate change [...]

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SCIENTIFIC DATABASES AS A COMMON SCIENCE HERITAGE
Measurements are a pillar of the scientific method and the raw material for any research. No investigation can be carried out without a previous, thorough, and dedicated collection of data as accurate, and hence as reliable, as it is possible. [...]

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THE MISTERY OF MARTIAN METHANE
Curiosity rover managed to get unambiguous measurements of methane in the Martian atmosphere, posing the challenge of explaining the mechanisms that determine its generation and those that act as sinks favouring its later quick disappearance [...]

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PLANETARY PROTECTION!
The discovery on Mars of environmental conditions that could be considered as “habitable” with relation to the requirements of certain terrestrial organisms, as well as the increasing interest of different space agencies to search for signs of life on the planet [...]

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BRINGING ASTROBIOLOGY INTO FOCUS
Although the question of whether life could exist in other worlds apart from our planet is as old as western culture, it could be asserted that only after the advent of the “space age” the matter has reached the status of a scientific concern [...]

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EXPLORATION OF MARS AND SCHIAPARELLI'S CANALS EPISODE
Here we review the history of the observations of the canali performed by Schiparelli and others, their controversial interpretations, and relate them with our current knowledge of the Mars environment provided by modern rover and satellites exploring Mars. [...]

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