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Twin Mars conference announcements and life on Mars is still very, very unlikely 🐕🐶

This is the first Martian Soil newsletter going out on auto pilot, while I'm out for the weekend. A t
Twin Mars conference announcements and life on Mars is still very, very unlikely 🐕🐶
By Joost Schuur • Issue #4 • View online
This is the first Martian Soil newsletter going out on auto pilot, while I’m out for the weekend. A tiny taste of what NASA went through during those Seven Minutes of Terror when Curiosity landed? OK, maybe the consequences aren’t quite as grave.
Two Mars themed conferences had announcements this week. In the US, NASA Lead Scientist for Mars Exploration, Michael Meyer, will speak at the big annual Mars Society Convention (August 23-26th, Pasadena) on current and future planning for Mars missions.
In Europe, the Italian Mars Society announced Mars to Earth 2018 (May 11-12th, Milan), a new conference focusing on research on Mars, for development on Earth. Pretty good scope to keep things practical!
In other space news, we had our latest case of alien life frenzy, when a researcher claimed to have spotted fossils in a Curiosity pic, which NASA rebuked by saying it’s the result of crystal growth. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, so I only get into these stories via articles that counter or caution the validity of them over on the Martian Soil Twitter.
Oh, and the Lockheed Martin CEO is very, very bullish about the company’s continued involvement in ‘every mission to Mars’.
PS: If you’re reading this, on Sunday, I’m probably knee deep in dogs right now.

Beautiful Mars
Alluvial fans on Mars, via HiRISE
Alluvial fans on Mars, via HiRISE
Exploration
Michael Meyer, NASA Lead Scientist for Mars Exploration, to Address Mars Society Convention
On to Mars: Five Questions for Artemis Westenberg
Mars InSight Arrives at Vandenberg Air Force Base
Europe’s ExoMars orbiter nears start of methane-sniffing science mission
The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Logs 5000th Day, Snaps Selfie, and Roves On
Science & Tech
Mars To Earth 2018 Conference
Why Mars Rovers Don't Study Water - YouTube
Why Mars Rovers Don't Study Water - YouTube
Driving on Mars just got safer for Curiosity, thanks to a special algorithm
Uni Basel researchers testing the camera for the 2020 European/Russian ExoMars rover
Striking Mars Image Shows Strange Boulder Piles and Undulating Sand Dunes
Mars Anlog
WeMartians Podcast: Martian Mission Control (feat. Sophie Gruber and Reinhard Tlustos) -
Rock Climbing on Mars: A Simulation
AMADEE18 Closing Trailer
The top of a Martian crater wall. By Kevin M. Gill, using @HiRISE DTM data
The top of a Martian crater wall. By Kevin M. Gill, using @HiRISE DTM data
Space Policy
Corey S. Powell
The president has a clear space vision: "continue to explore the moon," prepare humans for Mars, and "work to reduce substantially the cost of space operations." Er...that was President Nixon, 48 years ago #today. https://t.co/5lQgEtKm9E https://t.co/8qNwtjTvPj
10:30 PM - 7 Mar 2018
Misc
No, Those Aren’t Animal Tracks on Mars
SpaceX Roadster Could be Martian 'Biothreat'
'So You Want to Go to Mars': Astronaut Peggy Whitson and Scientists Inspire NYC Kids
Our First Close-up Images of Mars From Space Were Hand-Colored with Crayons
Our First Close-up Images of Mars From Space Were Hand-Colored with Crayons
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