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Studying Martian Rocks Without Leaving Planet Earth

Alexandra Branscombe, Freelance Writer

 From Eos.org: Research Spotlights—Matching Martian rock formations to those found on Earth can help researchers learn more about the Red Planet. In southern Utah, exposed veins of gypsum run through the Moenkopi Formation, a rock outcrop that formed during the Triassic period. Gypsum, a sulfate mineral.... more

Evaluating an impact origin for Mercury’s high-magnesium region

Editors’ Highlight—The MESSENGER spacecraft that orbited Mercury from 2011-2015 measured the elemental abundances of many major elements in order to understand the bulk composition of the planet and the processes that shaped its surface. One of the more surprising discoveries in the planet’s surface.... more

Water generation and transport below Europa's strike-slip faults

Editors’ Highlight— Kalousova et al. investigate the hypothesis that liquid water may be generated by frictional heating on strike-slip faults within Europa's ice shell.  Utilizing a new numerical model, the authors find that melting can occur at shallow levels and will be transported to the deep ocean.... more

Martian Mantle Models Pave Way for NASA’s InSight Lander

Mark Zastrow, Freelance Writer

From Eos.org: Research Spotlights— The most detailed simulations to date of how heat flows through Mars’s interior are good news for the upcoming lander and will help scientists interpret its data. When NASA’s InSight lander touches down on Mars in November 2018, it will become the planet’s most advanced.... more

Planetary discovery over the past quarter century

Eos.org/ AGU News— Two editors look at the past, present, and future of the American Geophysical Union's planetary science journal. more Blog — The past quarter century has witnessed the opening of a veritable golden age in planetary science. The 1990s saw major growth in exploration of the solar.... more

Unprecedented Views of Mercury Constrain Hollow Formation

Terri Cook, Freelance Writer

From Eos.org: Research Spotlights—  The consistently shallow depths of the depressions scattered across Mercury’s surface suggest their morphology is not determined by the thickness of a volatile-rich outer layer. One of the key results of the MEercury Surface, Space ENnvironment, GEeochemistry, and.... more

New Insight into Silica Explains Planetary Smashup

Shannon Hall, Freelance Writer

From Eos.org: Research Spotlights— Better equations of state for silica will help models accurately constrain the giant impacts that have literally shaped our solar system. Scientists hypothesize that roughly 4.5 billion years ago, a protoplanet often referred to as Theia struck the newly formed Earth..... more