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Journey to the center of Mars

While InSight's seismometer has been patiently waiting for the next big marsquake to illuminate its interior and define its crust-mantle-core structure, two scientists, have built a new compositional model for Mars. They used rocks from Mars and measurements from orbiting satellites to predict the depth to its core-mantle boundary, some 1,800 km beneath the surface and have been able to suggest that its core contains moderate amounts of sulfur, oxygen and hydrogen as light elements.
Tags: Science, Mars

Rocket Lab will launch a satellite to the Moon for NASA to prepare for the Lunar Gateway

Launch startup Rocket Lab has been awarded a contract to launch a CubeSat on behalf of NASA for the agency’s CAPSTONE experiment, with the ultimate aim of putting the CAPSTONE CubeSat into cislunar (in the region in between Earth and the Moon) orbit – the same orbit that NASA will eventually use for its Gateway Moon-orbiting space station. The launch is scheduled to take place in 2021. The CAPSTONE launch will take place at Rocket Lab’s new Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) facility at Wallops Fligh...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Space, Science, Virginia, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Satellite, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Spaceport, Outer Space

Set your alarm: Moon, Mars and Earth to align before dawn on Tuesday

An eclipse-like event will cause Mars to vanish from the sky over North America early Tuesday morning in a rare event known to astronomers as a lunar occultation.Similar to an eclipse when the Earth, moon and sun fall in line, during an occultation, the Earth, moon and a planet align. As a result, the Red Planet will be hidden from sight as it appears to pass directly behind the moon during Tuesday's event. The planet Venus is visible on top of the moon as viewed from Quezon City, north o...
Tags: Europe, Texas, Science, Earth, United States, Moon, Mars, North America, East Coast, Accuweather, Venus, Rockies, Southwest, Midwest, Manila Philippines, Red Planet

Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot image is 30 years old today

Thirty years ago today, the Voyager 1 spaceprobe had completed its ncounters with the outer planets and was careening out of our solar system. The time came to shut off the probes' cameras to preserve power and memory for the other onboard scientific instruments. But before engineers flipped the switch, one last photo opportunity was not to be missed. From my liner notes to the Voyager Golden Record vinyl box set: Astronomer and educator Carl Sagan, a member of the Voyager Imaging Team,...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Carl Sagan, Sagan, Voyager, Voyager Imaging Team

SwRI models hint at longer timescale for Mars formation

The early solar system was a chaotic place, with evidence indicating that Mars was likely struck by planetesimals, small protoplanets up to 1,200 miles in diameter, early in its history. Southwest Research Institute scientists modeled the mixing of materials associated with these impacts, revealing that the Red Planet may have formed over a longer timescale than previously thought.
Tags: Science, Mars, Red Planet, Southwest Research Institute

NASA Requests Funding for Audacious Plan to Bring Martian Soil to Earth

NASA is officially asking Congress to fund a Mars sample-return project, in what would be one of the most complex missions ever attempted by the space agency. Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Planetary Science, Mars 2020, Mars Sample Return

'Rosalind Franklin': Europe's Mars rover heads for fit checks

The six-wheeled robot survives the simulated conditions it'll experience on the Red Planet.
Tags: Europe, Science, Mars, Rosalind Franklin

The Future of Space Food

MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative focuses on all kinds of research and preparation for “the day when humanity becomes a space-native civilization, as comfortable in the cosmos as we have been on Earth.” The team (made up of 50+ graduate students, staff, scientists, designers, and engineers) works on countless aspects of space travel, but hones in on two central topics: boredom and food. These …
Tags: Health, Food, Cooking, Space, Science, Design, Nasa, Mit, Space Travel, Mars, Food + Drink, Linkaboutit, MIT Media Lab, Space Food

2021 NASA budget request includes $3.3B for human lunar landers, $430M for Moon resource development

The Trump White House today issued its , and it included a 12% increase in requested funding to NASA’s coffers, as expected. That puts the total request for NASA at $25.2 billion, nearly half, or $12.3 billion, of which is earmarked specifically to support NASA’s efforts to return to the surface of the Moon and to eventually land people on Mars. Highlights from the proposed budget, which was issued by the Office of Management and Budget on Monday, include $3.3 billion specifically designate ...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, White House, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Flight, Moon, Orion, Mars, Astronaut, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Outer Space, Office of Management and Budget

NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-setting stay in space

Astronaut Christina Koch made the return trip from the International Space Station (ISS) early on Thursday, along with ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. The three boarded a Soyuz capsule docked at the ISS at around 12:50 AM EST, and had a safe landing as planned at around 4:12 AM EST (3:12 PM local time) in Kazakhstan. Koch’s trip was significant because it set a record, officially making her the U.S. astronaut with the second-longest stay in space wit...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Esa, United States, International Space Station, Kazakhstan, Mars, Astronaut, Astronauts, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace

Scientists Slam Congress's New Plan for NASA

A recently proposed House bill that calls for NASA to send humans to Mars in 2033 is coming under fire from scientists who think it would be a mistake to assign secondary importance to a lunar mission and to neglect technological contributions from the private sector.Read more...
Tags: Science, Congress, Nasa, House, Space Exploration, Mars, Artemis, Lunar Missions, Mars Missions

Researchers validate transferable & accessible method to quantify flavanols & procyanidins

Building on over two decades of research, Mars and the University of California Davis have developed a new methodology to measure cocoa flavanols and procyanidins that is more accurate and more reliable than previous analytical approaches. The method, published in Food & Function, has been developed in partnership with Waters, the world's leading specialty measurement company and chromatography pioneer, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, US Dept. of Commerce (NIST).
Tags: Science, Mars, University of California Davis

Xplore partners with Nanoracks to set up opportunities for deep-space missions

Seattle-based Xplore says it's joining forces with Houston-based Nanoracks to create low-cost rideshare opportunities for payloads heading for the moon, Mars and other destinations beyond Earth orbit. The partnership takes advantage of the commercial approach to deep-space exploration that's being pioneered at NASA under Administrator Jim Bridenstine, said Lisa Rich, Xplore's chief operating officer and co-founder. "We're the perfect fit for Bridenstine's goal of NASA being o...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Houston, Seattle, GeekWire, NanoRacks, Jim Bridenstine, Xplore, Bridenstine, Lisa Rich Xplore

Congress Is Getting Serious About Sending Humans to Mars in 2033

A newly proposed House authorization bill would push back NASA’s deadline to land humans on the Moon to 2028 instead of 2024, while also calling for a crewed landing on Mars in 2033. Reactions to this proposal have been mixed, with NASA’s chief Jim Bridenstine unhappy about the way the agency is supposed to roll out…Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Congress, Nasa, US politics, House, Space Exploration, Mars, Artemis, Jim Bridenstine, Moon Landings, Artemis Mission

NASA lists nine potential names suggested by kids for its next Mars rover: Vote for your favorite

NASA and an army of nearly 4,700 volunteer judges have selected nine potential names for a rover that's due to be launched to Mars in July, and you have just six days to cast an online vote for your favorite name. NASA kicked off the "Name the Rover" essay contest last August, and more than 28,000 name suggestions and accompanying essays were received from students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It took weeks for the judges to narrow down the field, first to 155 semifinalists, and then ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars

NASA Wants You to Pick One of These 9 Names for Its New Mars Rover

NASA has narrowed down the list of possible names for its new Mars rover to just nine entries. And the public has just one week to vote for the winner. Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Clarity, Courage, Vision, Fortitude, Mars Rover, Promise, Perseverance, Endurance, Ingenuity, Tenacity

Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty

Presently, many scientists believe Mars is the best candidate in the search for life beyond Earth because it is relatively nearby and there is good evidence that liquid water flowed on Mars' surface billions of years ago. A new study provides evidence that some early Martian minerals were formed in watery environments that were salty and near neutral pH, similar to Earth's modern oceans, and thus habitable for microbes.
Tags: Science, Earth, Mars

Elon Musk: A New Life Awaits You on the Off-World Colonies—for a Price

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has previously conceded that many of the people whom he desires to send to Mars must be prepared to risk death in the process, has sweetened the deal with the hint of some indentured servitude.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Mars, Starship, Mars Colonization

Elon Musk: A New Life Awaits You in the Off-World Colonies—for a Price

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who has previously conceded that many of the people whom he desires to send to Mars must be prepared to risk death in the process, has sweetened the deal with the hint of some indentured servitude.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Mars, Starship, Mars Colonization

We're All Going to Live in Mushroom Houses on Mars

See why NASA thinks fungi are the future.
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars

NASA Contest to Name Mars Rover Narrows to 155 Student Entries

Judges working for NASA have narrowed the list of possible names for the space agency’s new Mars rover to 155 student entries—different names that include everything from Dusty and Dreamer to Tenacity and Little Tinker. Whichever student wins the grand prize will get an invitation to see the new Mars rover launch into…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars, Curiosity Rover, Curiosity, Mars Rover

Concept Art Comes to Life in Sleek Sci-Fi Animation Migrants

High above Mars, the terraformers of short film Migrants go through a well-polished routine, knowing that they’re not preparing for their own futures on the planet, but for children in the generations to come.Read more...
Tags: Science, Migrants, Sci Fi, Mars, Neill Blomkamp, Concept Art, Short Films, Paul Chadeisson, Oats Studios

Short Treks Heralds Star Trek: Picard With Hope in the Face of Tragedy

Coming into this season of Short Treks, “Children of Mars” was teased as one of two precursors to the events of Star Trek: Picard. It is not a factual indicator of what’s to come, or some grand, necessary setup for the plot Jean-Luc and his friends will tackle. But it does give us a tonal insight into the dark times…Read more...
Tags: Science, Star Trek, David Bowie, Streaming, Cbs, Mars, Patrick Stewart, Cbs All Access, TV Recap, Jean Luc, Star Trek Short Treks, Star Trek Picard, Star Trek Short Treks Recaps

Mars: Water could disappear faster than expected

The small red planet is losing water more quickly than what theory as well as past observations would suggest. An international research team has just revealed that water vapor is accumulating in large quantities and unexpected proportions at an altitude of over 80 km in the Martian atmosphere. The capacity of water to escape would greatly increase during certain seasons.
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Martian water vapor varies with the seasons

The potential for Mars' water to be lost into space is greater during the planet's warm and stormy seasons, according to a new study.
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Why zero gravity is bad for our brains

NASA has made a commitment to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. This is an ambitious goal when you think that a typical round trip will last anywhere between three and six months and crews will be expected to stay on the red planet for up to two years before planetary alignment allows for the return journey home. It means that the astronauts have to live in reduced (micro) gravity for about three years – well beyond the current record of 438 continuous days in space held by the Russian cosmonaut...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, World, Mars, Syndication, Valery Polyakov

Nuclear-powered Mars rover to search for old life, prepare for human life

NASA recently unveiled the final details of the Mars 2020 rover mission.As yet unnamed, the Mars 2020 rover will launch in July of that same year. It's primary mission will be to search the planet for signs of microbial life.However, the rover also contains instrumentation that will enable it to prepare for future human life, including a device to produce oxygen from Mars' CO2 atmosphere. None Once every 26 months or so, Earth's and Mars' elliptical, off-kilter orbits align in just the right w...
Tags: Space, Science, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Planets, Mars, Afp, Wallace, Matt Wallace, Jezero

New engine tech that could get us to Mars faster

Nasa wants to send humans to Mars one day, but do we have the engines to get us there?
Tags: Science, Nasa, Mars

The Space News We're Excited About in 2020

It’s time to look ahead to the coming year and all things that will be happening in space exploration. With new missions to Mars, a probe returning to Earth with samples taken from an asteroid, and even more batches of Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites going into orbit, it’s going to be another fascinating year.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Nasa, Earth, Space Exploration, Mars, StarLink, Rocket Science, Space Industry

Watch NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Roll for the Very First Time

Like parents witnessing their baby’s first precious steps, engineers with NASA’s Mars 2020 mission have driven their fancy new rover for the very first time, in an important test of the space agency’s next Martian explorer.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Space Exploration, Mars, Mars 2020, Mars 2020 Rover, A Rover Needs To Rove

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