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NASA just unveiled its step-by-step plan to land astronauts on the moon via the Artemis program — then build a lunar base

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks at a briefing on the Artemis lunar exploration program, September 11, 2019, in Washington, DC. NASA/Aubrey Gemignani NASA just unveiled its first full plan for its Artemis program, a series of missions to return people to the moon for the first time since 1972. The program would launch an uncrewed mission around the moon in 2021, followed by a crewed moon flyby in 2023, then a lunar landing in 2024. The plan also calls for NASA and other agencies t...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, Russia, Trends, Nasa, Earth, House Of Representatives, Orion, Mars, Artemis, South Pole


Blue Origin targets this Thursday for New Shepard reusable rocket launch with NASA landing system test

Blue Origin just announced the timing of its next rocket launch – and it’s surprisingly soon, in just two days on Thursday, September 24. The launch of Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle will be its 13th overall for that category of launch craft, and the 7th in a row for this particular rocket. The payload will include an even dozen commercial cargo items, including a Deorbit, Descent and Landing Sensor Demonstration done in partnership with NASA – basically a highly-precise automated landing ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Space, Spacex, Science, Nasa, Space Tourism, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Blue Origin, Outer Space, West Texas, New Shepard, Private Spaceflight, Jim Bridenstine


The search for life – from Venus to the outer solar system

While the discovery of the normally microbe-produced phosphine on our toxic neighbour is astonishing, other candidates for life are more promisingIt remains one of the most unexpected scientific discoveries of the year. To their astonishment, British scientists last week revealed they had uncovered strong evidence that phosphine – a toxic, rancid gas produced by microbes – exists in the burning, acid-drenched atmosphere of Venus. Related: If we don't find life on planets like Venus, doesn't it...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Alien Life, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Charles Cockell


NASA to test precision automated landing system designed for the Moon and Mars on upcoming Blue Origin mission

NASA is going to be testing out a new precision landing system designed for use on the tough terrain of the Moon and Mars for the first time during an upcoming mission of Blue Origin’s New Shepard reusable suborbital rocket. The ‘Safe and Precise Landing – Integrated Capabilities Evolution’ (SPLICE) system is made up of a number of lasers, an optical camera, and a computer to take all the data collected by the sensors and process it using advanced algorithms, and it works by spotting potentia...
Tags: Travel, TC, Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Space Tourism, Lasers, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Lidar, Blue Origin, Outer Space


Study shows difficulty in finding evidence of life on Mars

While scientists are eager to study the red planet's soils for signs of life, researchers must ponder a considerable new challenge: Acidic fluids - which once flowed on the Martian surface - may have destroyed biological evidence hidden within Mars' iron-rich clays, according to researchers at Cornell University and at Spain's Centro de Astrobiología.
Tags: Science, Spain, Mars, Cornell University


Astronomers found a gas in Venus' clouds that could signal alien life

An image of Venus. NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center Venus' carbon-dioxide-rich atmosphere and high temperatures make the planet's surface inhospitable to life. But new research suggests the clouds surrounding Venus could harbor microbial life. A new study found traces of phosphine — a gas typically produced by anaerobic microbes on Earth — in the upper reaches of Venus' clouds. The researchers suggest the phosphine's origin "could be unknown photochemistry or geochemistry, or possibly life....
Tags: Europe, Space, Japan, Science, News, Beck, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Chile, Hawaii, Yale, New Zealand, European Space Agency, Mars, Saturn


Soon We Might Get to See Mars in 8K

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and broadcaster NHK are teaming up to develop a space camera capable of filming in 4K and 8K resolutions to capture Mars like it’s never been seen before. Meanwhile, 8K video remains prohibitively expensive back down here on Earth, so if you’re going to get some ridiculously…Read more...
Tags: Japan, Science, Earth, Mars, Space Photography, Mars Exploration, Broadcasting, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, NHK, Mmx


China says Mars probe stable; no word on reusable spacecraft

China's Mars probe Tianwen-1, which blasted into space in July, is now more than 15 million kilometers (9 million miles) from Earth en route to the red planet, the National Space Administration said Saturday. The administration, however, has yet to release information about a mysterious reusable experimental spacecraft that returned to Earth a week ago after a two-day flight. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, and marks China's most ambitious Mars mission yet as it se...
Tags: Science, China, Earth, United States, Mars, National Space Administration


Are male genes from Mars, female genes from Venus?

In a new paper in the PERSPECTIVES section of the journal Science, Melissa Wilson reviews current research into patterns of sex differences in gene expression across the genome, and highlights sampling biases in the human populations included in such studies.
Tags: Science, Mars, Melissa Wilson


Gut microbes could allow space travelers to stay healthy on long voyages

Space travel is associated with a variety of negative health effects, including bone loss and mental health issues, which could limit our ability to undertake long-distance space missions, such as a mission to Mars. A new review highlights the potential of treatments that enhance gut microbes as a way to protect space travelers during long voyages.
Tags: Science, Mars


China claims its first reusable spacecraft has landed after 2-day orbit

• China did not release images of the reusable spacecraft it says completed a two day space flight. China's government announced Sunday that its first reusable spacecraft landed after two days in orbit. The success of the Chinese experiment suggests a new way to achieve space flight at lower cost. "The secretive, military-run space program has released few details of the craft, which was launched Friday aboard a Long March 2F rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China's deser...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, China, Space Flight, Mars, Spaceflight, State, Xinhua, Xinhua News Agency


Are aliens hiding in plain sight?

Several missions this year are seeking out life on the red planet. But would we recognise extraterrestrials if we found them?In July, three unmanned missions blasted off to Mars – from China (Tianwen-1), the US (Nasa’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover) and the United Arab Emirates (Hope). The Chinese and American missions have lander craft that will seek signs of current or past life on Mars. Nasa is also planning to send its Europa Clipper probe to survey Jupiter’s moon Europa, and the robotic land...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Biology, US, Nasa, Chemistry, Alien Life, Zoology, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Europa, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Mars Nasa, China Tianwen


Rocket Lab just launched its first spacecraft, transforming a leftover piece of its rocket into a satellite that can carry missions to the moon or Venus

One of Rocket Lab's carbon-fiber Electron launch vehicles lifts off from New Zealand. Trevor Mahlmann/Rocket Lab Rocket Lab just launched its first Photon satellite: a spacecraft designed for missions to the moon, Venus, or Mars. This spacecraft, called "First Light," is just a demo, but NASA has already contracted Rocket Lab to fly the agency's robotic moon mission in 2021. CEO Peter Beck says that, together, the Electron rocket and Photon spacecraft can cut out the most difficult par...
Tags: Space, Science, News, Beck, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Moon, Satellites, New Zealand, Mars, Rocket Launch, Venus, Artemis, Long Beach California, Capstone


Surprise on Mars

NASA's InSight mission provides data from the surface of Mars. Its seismometer, equipped with electronics built at ETH Zurich, not only records marsquakes, but unexpectedly reacts to solar eclipses as well. When the Martian moon, Phobos moves directly in front of the sun, the instrument tips slightly to one side. This miniscule effect could aid researchers in determining the planet's interior.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Martian, Eth Zurich, Phobos


Deep Science: Dog detectors, Mars mappers and AI-scrambling sweaters

Research papers come out at far too rapid a rate for anyone to read them all, especially in the field of machine learning, which now affects (and produces papers in) practically every industry and company. This column aims to collect the most relevant recent discoveries and papers, particularly in but not limited to artificial intelligence, and explain why they matter. This week in Deep Science spans the stars all the way down to human anatomy, with research concerning exoplanets and Mars explor...
Tags: Google, TC, Gadgets, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Mars, Robotics, University of Warwick, Computer Vision, Lidar, Kepler, Science and Technology, Emerging-technologies


CU scientists create batteries that could make it easier to explore Mars

Electrifying research by Clemson University scientists could lead to the creation of lighter, faster-charging batteries suitable for powering a spacesuit, or even a Mars rover.
Tags: Science, Mars, Clemson University


Bacteria could survive travel between Earth and Mars when forming aggregates

The hypothesis called "panspermia" proposes an interplanetary transfer of life. Microbes inside shielding material such as rocks could be protected from UV-irradiation and survive during space travel as supported by the "lithopanspermia" theory. In this study, researchers show that even without rock shielding, aggregates of bacteria, if thick enough, could survive outer space conditions for several years, raising the new concept of "massapanspermia".
Tags: Science, Earth, Mars


NASA just selected astronaut Jeanette Epps for a historic space mission by Boeing — 2 years after the agency abruptly bumped her from a first flight

NASA astronaut Jeanette Epps in a spacesuit in 2017. NASA NASA said Tuesday that astronaut Jeanette Epps will launch aboard Boeing's new CST-100 Starliner spaceship in 2021.Epps has not yet flown to space, but the Starliner-1 mission could make her the first Black person to live and work aboard the International Space Station for months at a time.NASA previously selected Epps for a 2018 flight, but the agency abruptly removed her from that mission just months ahead of its launch.Epps is one...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Science, News, Trends, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Spaceships, Mars, Astronauts, Boeing, Central Intelligence Agency, Artemis, EPPS, Ford Motor Company


This Mars helicopter will be the first ever to fly on another planet

Batteries onboard the Mars Helicopter Ingenuity are charged up, prepping systems for the historic Mars 2020 mission to the Red Planet. Ingenuity is designed to become the first vehicle to ever carry out a powered flight on another world. This unique aerial vehicle, although small and relatively simple, is a scientific experiment that could revolutionize how we explore other planets. On March 7, one week after launch, electrical systems started charging batteries onboard the Mars Helicopter Ingen...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Mars, Syndication, Red Planet Ingenuity


Mars colony: Humanity's greatest quest

We are closer than ever to actually putting human beings on Mars, but exactly how close is very much still up for debate. Getting there is one thing, and we eventually may not have a choice, but there are a number of problems that need to be solved before our species can call the Red Planet home.In this video, former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, educator Bill Nye, science journalist Stephen Petranek, astronomer Michelle Thaller, and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku consider mankind's fascinati...
Tags: Space, Elon Musk, Science, Learning, Adventure, Dna, Cancer, Future, Nasa, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Exploration, Mars, Humanity, Bill Nye


Deep learning will help future Mars rovers go farther, faster, and do more science

NASA JPL are developing autonomous capabilities that could allow future Mars rovers to go farther, faster and do more science. Training machine learning models on the Maverick2 supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, their team developed and optimized models for Drive-By Science and Energy-Optimal Autonomous Navigation. The team presented results of their work at the IEEE Aerospace Conference in March 2020. The project was a finalist for the NASA Software Award.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Texas Advanced Computing Center, NASA JPL, IEEE Aerospace Conference, Science and Energy Optimal Autonomous Navigation


Private space industrialization is here

Mikhail Kokorich Contributor Share on Twitter Mikhail Kokorich is CEO of Momentus, the first company providing in-space transportation services for satellites. The universal glee that surrounded the launch of the crewed Dragon spacecraft made it easy to overlook that the Falcon rocket’s red glare marked the advent of a new era — that of private space industrialization. For the first time in human history, we are not merely ...
Tags: Amazon, Energy, Startups, TC, Column, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, California, Opinion, Tech, Earth, Flight, United States, Telecommunications


Lunar and Martian tunnels could contain offworld colonies

Massive lava tubes under the surface of the Moon and Mars could be prime real estate for future offworld habitats. "With heights that dwarf Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, and 'skylights' as big as football fields," the formations could contain small cities protected from solar radiation, reports LiveScience. According to a new study of the geology published in the scientific journal Earth-Science Reviews, the "most of the lunar tubes could be intact, making the Moon an extra...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Moon, Dubai, European Space Agency, Mars, Canary Islands, Burj Khalifa, Kim Stanley Robinson, Lanzarote, Earth Science Reviews, Pozzobon


Dwarf planet Ceres is an 'ocean world' with sea water beneath surface, mission finds

Ceres, believed to be a barren space rock, has an ‘extensive reservoir’ of brine beneath its surface, images showThe dwarf planet Ceres – long believed to be a barren space rock – is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed on Monday.Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has its own gravity, enabling the Nasa Dawn spacecraft to capture high-resolution images of its surface. Continue ...
Tags: Space, Science, Mars, Ceres, Nasa Dawn


Planet Ceres is an 'ocean world' with sea water beneath surface, mission finds

Dwarf planet, believed to be a barren space rock, has an ‘extensive reservoir’ of brine beneath its surface, images showThe dwarf planet Ceres – long believed to be a barren space rock – is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday.Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has its own gravity, enabling the Nasa Dawn spacecraft to capture high-resolution images of its surface. Conti...
Tags: Space, Science, Mars, Ceres, Nasa Dawn


At Night, the Martian Sky Pulses and Glows When Viewed in Ultraviolet Light

New ultraviolet observations of the Red Planet highlight complex circulation patterns in the Martian atmosphere, including eerily regular nightglow pulses invisible to the unaided eye.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mars, Atmospheric Science, Planetary Science, Maven, Ultraviolet Light, Martian Sky Pulses


A new look at Mars' eerie, ultraviolet nighttime glow

An astronaut standing on Mars couldn't see the planet's ultraviolet "nightglow." But this phenomenon could help scientists to better predict the churn of Mars' surprisingly complex atmosphere.
Tags: Science, Mars


SpaceX Starship Prototype Completes Its First ‘Hop’

SpaceX’s plans to build a reusable rocket capable of landing on the Moon and Mars took a major leap forward on Tuesday, following the first successful test of the Starship system.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Rockets, Mars, Starship, Rocket Science


Lava tubes on Mars and the Moon are so wide they can host planetary bases

Researchers at the Universities of Bologna and Padua studied the subsurface cavities that lava created underground on Mars and the Moon. These cavities can shield from cosmic radiations
Tags: Science, Mars, Bologna, Padua


Rice researchers use InSight for deep Mars measurements

Using data from NASA's InSight Lander on Mars, Rice University seismologists have made the first direct measurements of three subsurface boundaries from the crust to the core of the red planet.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars



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