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Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast.

A new study lead by Prof Julienne Stroeve says year-to-year forecasts of the Arctic’s summer ice extent are not yet reliable.

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Mars Info

Information on Mars:
Mars Info

Basic Facts:

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the seventh largest, much smaller than the Earth. Despite this small size, it has a surface area that is about the same as the land area on Earth, so there is plenty to explore! Not only this, but Mars has perhaps the most varied and fascinating landforms of any of the rocky planets outside of the Earth. More...

Life on Mars

Mars Life:

Mars has long been looked upon as a prime candidate for extra-terrestrial life, and is the subject of many a wild science fiction tale!

Towards the end of the 18th century, the German born astronomer William Herschel made many interesting comparisons of the Earth and Mars, sparking off the idea of there being life on Mars. More...

Observations of Mars

Mars Observations:

Mars, the`red planet', shines with almost a blood red colour in the night sky and has always been strongly associated with war and bloodshed. The first indication of such a link stretches back as far as 3000 BC with the Sumerian civilisation of the Middle East. It was only natural that the Sumerian's successors, the Chaldeans, adopted Mars as their god of war, christening it Nergal. More...

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