By putting a satellite into Mars' orbit, India has brought attention to its space program and its ability to do complex things inexpensively.
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Here's an update on the journey of the newest Martian inhabitant, the rover Curiosity, including a photo of it from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Plus, more space shots.
The first nuclear power plant being considered for production of electricity for manned or unmanned bases on the Moon, Mars and other planets "may really look like it came from outer space."
Six volunteers on a simulated journey to Mars have reached their destination, having been in isolation in a facility in Moscow since June 2010
In the Friday space fun department. There are signs of life on Mars.
According to the Tri-City Herald, WA, NASA engineers in space suits have tested new robotic vehicles for two weeks on the dunes of Moses Lake, WA. These robots could be used on future NASA missions on the Moon and on Mars. According to the newspaper, five robotic vehicles were tested: 'a six-wheeled lunar truck, a six-legged all-terrain vehicle that can carry payloads or astronaut habitats, an autonomous drilling rover, a mapping robot and a crane that can stand on its head to load itself onto a transport.' But read more...
Charles Simonyi is on his way to the International Space Station aboard Expedition 15, which blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 17:31 GMT April 7. Along with other crew members, Charles is slated to rendezvous with the space station on April 9 at 19:15 GMT.
According to Computerworld, NASA will start to test this summer if RFID technology can survive in outer space. A variety of RFID tags will be on the space shuttle Endeavour in July during a trip to the International Space Station. Then they'll be installed inside containers attached to the exterior of the ISS and stay there for a year before a return to Earth for analysis. If these initial tests are successful, NASA will check at the end of 2009 if RFID tags will work on the Moon. But the real goal is to ease the daily lives of the astronauts who will travel to Mars.
The goal of this project is to heat a one-square kilometer area of Mars' surface by using space mirrors. The plan is to establish a 1.5-kilometer diameter array made up of 150-meter-diameter mylar balloons that would collect sunlight and shine it down over a future Mars base camp where the temperature would be 20°C.
If you're a science fiction reader, you know that spaceships are using antimatter to travel through space. Now NASA is working on such a spaceship to go to Mars in 45 days using only 10 milligrams of anti-electrons -- or positrons -- for the round trip mission.
According to ideas developed in the 1950s, it should be possible to build an 'hyperspace' engine allowing a spacecraft to reach Mars in 3 hours. It would also allow us to travel to stars more that 10 light years away in 80 days by slipping into a different dimension. But is interstellar space travel a dream or a future reality?
Are humans ready to stay on Mars for several months? Can we deal with all the risks that its environment may cause to astronauts and space missions? According to a report from NASA, the #1 risk is Martian dust because it can potentially damage power systems, space suits and filtration systems.
A Mars a day keeps the Windows away...
Friday 27/06/2003And I can slide into the weekend happy in the knowledge that I once again belong to a space-faring nation. Well, Europe anyway: it's good that we're part of the flotilla of spacecraft going to Mars (even if Beagle 2's complement of Blur tune and Hirst spot painting might prove problematic if the Martians are Daily Mail readers who like Oasis), but better still that we've got together with the Japanese to send some bits to Mercury.
GENEVA -- Vint Cerf, one of the Internet's founding fathers, announced that the Internet is taking to the stars - literally. In his keynote address to the Internet Summit 98 in Geneva this morning, Cerf revealed that the next planned Mars mission was likely to take the infrastructure into space.
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