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Every Planet Surprises Secular Astronomers, I: Inner Planets

"Surprise" or "puzzling" are the most common words in news reports about bodies in the solar system. Here are recent examples that discuss the inner planets.

Meteorites Shock Plant Material in Time Capsules

Bits of organic matter, leaves, and cells have been preserved in glass shocked by meteor impacts. Could they last millions of years?

Here Come the Martians Again

The "science" of astrobiology was launched when strange markings in a Martian meteorite were interpreted to be evidence of life. Here comes another one.

The Spin on Planets

As the orbs whirl around Sol, human understanding of our space neighborhood rises and falls.

New Craters Found on Mars

Orbiters can count new craters forming on Mars, refining cratering rates. One spectacular new crater has appeared since 2010 with vivid rays.

Geologists Warming Up to Catastrophic Floods

Megafloods larger than anything seen today are better concepts for explaining certain features on Earth and Mars.

Extreme Speculation Presented as Science

Things no one could possibly ever know are being reported by science journals and news sites as things worthy of scientific faith.

Cosmic Whacks as Creative Forces

Asteroid impacts are some astronomers' answer to everything, except when they are shown to be unworkable.

Mars May Have Been Wet, But Never Lively

Astrobiologists got excited with evidence for early water on Mars, but other discoveries are putting the quash on hopes it has or had life.

Mars Panspermia a Sign of Desperation

A second article proposes life began on Mars, prompting some observers to point out the failures of naturalistic origin-of-life theories.

Origin of Life Theory Invokes Resurrection

Some scientists from Europe and America believe in the resurrection – of proteins.

Astrobiology: The Science of Could

Anything "could" happen. Shouldn't science deal with what does happen and what did happen? The "could" word is rampant in astrobiology literature and origin-of-life studies.

Big Flood on Mars; Why Not on Earth?

More evidence has been presented for a "voluminous" flood on Mars, where there is no water today. So why is a comparable flood disfavored for Earth, where water covers 70% of the surface?

Fresh Impacts Viewed on Mars, Moon

New impacts observed on the moon and Mars allow space scientists to learn about crater formation in near real time. What conclusions can be drawn?

Moon Water and Magnetism Mystifies Astronomers

Two mysteries from the moon are forcing revisions to textbooks. One concerns water in moon minerals. The other concerns the moon's magnetic field.
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