Tag Archives: Mars

Jupiter & Mars

by John Giles I just happened to catch a SKY & TELESCOPE note on the Jupiter/Mars conjunction on January 6th and 7th. It sounded too good to pass up, so I set my alarm for 5:30 AM on the 7th … Continue reading

Posted in February 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

“The Martian” and Ernest Shackleton

by Prasad S. Ganti “The Martian” is a science fiction book written by Andy Weir. It was made into a movie starring Matt Damon as a Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on Mars who was certain to be the first … Continue reading

Posted in January 2016, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Congratulations Mangalyaan Team, Congratulations India!

by Prasad Ganti  After a long journey of 300 days in the vacuum of space, Mangalyaan, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission was finally captured by the gravity of Mars. A nation heaved a sigh of relief, yours truly included. Congratulations followed … Continue reading

Posted in September 2014, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment


India’s Mars mission India has successfully put a satellite into orbit around Mars on its first attempt. The Mangalyaan robotic probe arrived at the planet early on Wednesday following a 10-month journey from Earth. A 24-minute engine burn slowed the … Continue reading

Posted in October 2014, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Curiosity Mosaic by Ken Kremer Featured at APoD – May 7, 2014

Congratulations to member Ken Kremer!  Another of his amazing Mars mosaics was selected for Astronomy Picture of the Day on May 7, 2014. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140507.html  

Posted in June 2014 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Curiosity Discovers Hydrated Mineral Veins on Mars

by Dr. Ken Kremer, AAAP, Spaceflight Magazine & Universe Today NASA’s Curiosity rover hit the science jackpot by discovering widespread further evidence of multiple episodes of water flowing over Mars billions of years ago when the planet was warmer and … Continue reading

Posted in February 2013, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

When I Worked on Mars

by Arshad Jilani Canopus is a bluish-white star, about 300 light years away. This star, the second brightest in the sky after Sirius, became a major focus of my life, thirty-five years ago. In April, 1977, I moved from the … Continue reading

Posted in November 2012, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | Leave a comment


Michael Wright The sci-fi movie John Carter is currently in theatres.  Based on the Edgar Rice Burrough’s novels inspired by Perceval Lowell’s Mars, the movie is about the exploits of a Virginia “gentleman” magically transported to Barsoom where he battles … Continue reading

Posted in April 2012 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Opportunity Begins Year Nine on Mars

by Dr. Ken Kremer NASA’s resilient Opportunity robot has begun her ninth year roving around beautiful Earth-like Martian terrain where potentially life sustaining liquid water once flowed billions of years ago. Opportunity celebrated her eighth anniversary on the red planet … Continue reading

Posted in March 2012, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment