Mars

NASA SELECTS TWO NEW SPACE TECH RESEARCH INSTITUTES FOR SMART HABITATS

As exploration missions venture beyond low-Earth orbit and to the Moon — and eventually Mars — NASA must consider automated technologies to keep habitats operational even when they are not occupied by astronauts. To help achieve this, NASA has selected two new Space Technology Research Institutes (STRIs) to advance space habitat designs using resilient and […]

LIFE ON MARS?

According to NASA, scientists are in agreement that there is no life on Mars. However, they continue to assess whether Mars ever had an environment capable of supporting microbial life. Now, researchers from Hungary have discovered embedded organic material in a Martian meteorite found in the late 1970s. The scientists were able to determine the […]

WHEN HUMANS SETTLE ON MARS, HOUSES COULD BE 3D-PRINTED

When the first humans settle on Mars, what if their homes were not built but printed? That’s the question being posed in the latest NASA Centennial Challenge, pitting teams from industry and academia to design and 3D-print habitats using materials that can be found on the Martian surface. “The great thing about 3D printing is […]

NASA’S MARS HELICOPTER COMPLETES FLIGHT TESTS

Since the Wright brothers first took to the skies of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, December 17, 1903, first flights have been important milestones in the life of any vehicle designed for air travel. After all, it’s one thing to design an aircraft and make it fly on paper – or computer. It is quite […]

DRONE MAPS ICY LAVA TUBE IN ICELAND IN PREPARATION FOR CAVE EXPLORATION ON THE MOON AND MARS

The SETI Institute and Astrobotic Technology, Inc. have announced the successful mapping in 3D of the interior of an ice-rich lava tube in Iceland using a LiDAR-equipped drone. The team was investigating the Lofthellir Lava Tube Ice Cave in the remote Myvatn region of Iceland, and used the drone to document the lava tube’s shape […]

GOOGLE AND NASA HAUGHTON-MARS PROJECT PARTNER ON MOON/MARS EXPLORATION PREP

The Mars Institute and the SETI Institute are announcing a new partnership between Google and the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) to advance Mars exploration at one of the most otherworldly places on Earth: Devon Island, in the High Arctic. The announcement is accompanied by the release of new Street View imagery; a Google Earth guided […]

THANK EARTH’S MAGNETIC FIELD FOR WATER THAT GIVES YOU LIFE

A study by scientists at Australian National University (ANU) on the magnetic fields of planets has found that most planets discovered in other solar systems are unlikely to be as hospitable to life as Earth. Plants and animals would not survive without water on Earth. The sheer strength of Earth’s magnetic field helps to maintain […]

CLUES TO MARTIAN LIFE FOUND IN CHILEAN DESERT

A robotic rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, has successfully recovered subsurface soil samples during a trial mission to find signs of life. The samples contained unusual and highly specialized microbes that were distributed in patches, which researchers linked to the limited water availability, scarce nutrients and […]

NORTHWESTERN STUDY OF ANALOG CREWS IN ISOLATION REVEALS WEAK SPOTS FOR MISSION TO MARS

Northwestern University researchers are developing a predictive model to help NASA anticipate conflicts and communication breakdowns among crew members and head off problems that could make or break the Mission to Mars. NASA has formalized plans to send a crewed spacecraft to Mars, a journey that could involve 250 million miles of travel. Among the […]

WEATHER ON MARS: CHILLY WITH A CHANCE OF ‘DUST DEVILS’

If you’re planning a trip to Elysium Planitia on Mars, pack a sweater. Beginning today, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will provide daily weather reports for Mars, courtesy of the red planet’s newest robotic resident, InSight. “The InSight lander is close to the Martian equator – just north of the equator – so it is experiencing […]

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