Methane On Mars: Now You Don't...

Towards the end of 2011 a large and hugely expensive robotic rover called Curiosity is due to blast off for Mars from Cape Canaveral. If it makes it safely to the planet’s surface in August 2012 one of the first things it will do is sniff the air. Its creators, back on Earth, will be straining to see if that air carries a whiff of methane.

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  • N.M. can still strengthen methane rule
    In the spring, the New Mexico Environment Department released a draft rule to reduce ozone-forming pollutants and methane emissions from the oil and gas industry, to protect our public health, ...
    07/17/2021 - 4:00 pm | View Link
  • Colorado surveying methane emissions with flyovers above oil and gas sites
    The Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment just completed the first of several flyovers in 2021 to monitor emissions at oil and gas sites.
    07/16/2021 - 4:17 pm | View Link
  • Microbes On Enceladus? Methane On Saturn's Moon Can't Be Explained By Known Geochemical Processes
    An unknown methane-producing process is likely at work in the hidden ocean beneath the icy shell of Saturn's moon Enceladus, suggests a new study published in Nature Astronomy by scientists at the ...
    07/16/2021 - 5:38 am | View Link
  • Scientists turn methane into methanol at room temperature
    "But, this is extremely challenging chemistry to achieve on a practical level, as methane is stubbornly chemically inert." When methane is infused into porous iron zeolites, methanol is rapidly ...
    07/15/2021 - 8:55 pm | View Link
  • Carbon markets are helping reduce landfill methane emissions
    While certainly not as poster-ready as wind turbines or electric vehicles, the installation of new technology at landfills represents a serious, immediate and, in many ways, much more straightforward ...
    07/15/2021 - 7:00 am | View Link
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  • What is methane and why is it a safety concern?
    Methane can also be derived over millions of years by high pressure and high temperature processes that produce fossil fuels deep underground. Examples include coal deposits and oil and natural gas accumulations. Under the right conditions, methane gas can migrate into water wells along with the groundwater.
    07/15/2021 - 3:06 am | View Link
  • Methane
    Methane (US: / ˈ m ɛ θ eɪ n /, UK: / ˈ m iː θ eɪ n /) is a chemical compound with the chemical formula CH 4 (one atom of carbon and four atoms of hydrogen).It is a group-14 hydride and the simplest alkane and is the main constituent of natural gas.
    07/15/2021 - 1:05 am | View Link
  • Methane | CH4
    Methane is a colorless odorless gas. It is also known as marsh gas or methyl hydride. It is easily ignited. The vapors are lighter than air. Under prolonged exposure to fire or intense heat the containers may rupture violently and rocket.
    07/14/2021 - 10:20 pm | View Link
  • Methane
    Methane. Formula: CH 4. Molecular weight: 16.0425. IUPAC Standard InChI: InChI=1S/CH4/h1H4. Download the identifier in a file. IUPAC Standard InChIKey: VNWKTOKETHGBQD-UHFFFAOYSA-N. CAS Registry Number: 74-82-8. Chemical structure:
    07/14/2021 - 7:21 pm | View Link
  • Methane facts and information
    Methane is a simple gas, a single carbon atom with four arms of hydrogen atoms. Its time in the atmosphere is relatively fleeting compared to other greenhouse gases like CO 2 —any given methane ...
    07/14/2021 - 12:26 pm | View Link
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