Water

THE LPI’S LUNAR SOUTH POLE ATLAS — A NEW ONLINE REFERENCE FOR MISSION PLANNERS

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), managed by Universities Space Research Association (USRA), has compiled and made available an atlas of the Moon’s south pole. Given NASA’s recent direction to implement Space Policy Directive-1 landing astronauts at the south pole by 2024, the LPI has compiled a series of maps, images, and illustrations designed to […]

MOON’S SOUTH POLE IN NASA’S LANDING SITES

NASA is working right now to send American astronauts to the surface of the Moon in five years, and the agency has its sights set on a place no humans have ever gone before: the lunar South Pole. Water is a critical resource for long-term exploration, and that’s one of the main reasons NASA will […]

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 […]

SCANMARS DEMONSTRATES WATER DETECTION DEVICE FOR ASTRONAUTS ON MARS

Analogue astronauts have successfully trialed a radar that could help future Mars explorers identify where to dig for water. ScanMars is an Italian experiment that was used to identify subsurface water features in the Mars-like Dhofar region of Oman during the AMADEE-18 analogue mission in February 2018. The results were presented by Alessandro Frigeri of […]

MORE EFFICIENT WATER RECOVERY ON ISS COULD MAKE DEEP SPACE TRAVEL POSSIBLE

Astronauts have been known to joke about how they turn yesterday’s coffee into tomorrow’s coffee. (Hint: It involves urine.) While this may seem like a gross scenario, it has become a reality on the International Space Station with the help of work done at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. After a urine distiller on the space […]

MARS CANYONS STUDY ADDS CLUES ABOUT POSSIBLE WATER

July 7, 2016 – Puzzles persist about possible water at seasonally dark streaks on Martian slopes, according to a new study of thousands of such features in the Red Planet’s largest canyon system. The study published today investigated thousands of these warm-season features in the Valles Marineris region near Mars’ equator. Some of the sites […]

NASA AWARDS CONTRACT TO INCREASE WATER RECOVERY ON SPACE STATION

NASA has selected Paragon Space Development Corporation, a small business headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, to develop a system that will increase the rate of water recovery from the urine of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The contract is valued at $5.1 million for the delivery of one Brine Processor Assembly (BPA), and is sponsored […]

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