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  • NASA's Perseverance Rover Attached to Atlas V Rocket

    07/09/2020 6:48:02 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    NASA ^ | July 9, 2020
    NASA's Perseverance Mars rover has been attached to the top of the rocket that will send it toward the Red Planet this summer. Encased in the nose cone that will protect it during launch, the rover and the rest of the Mars 2020 spacecraft – the aeroshell, cruise stage, and descent stage – were affixed to a United Launch Alliance Atlas V booster on Tuesday, July 7, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Central Florida. The process began when a 60-ton hoist on the roof of the Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex 41 lifted the nose cone,...
  • Gorgeous New Footage Lets You Fly Over a Vast, Ice-Filled Crater on Mars

    07/04/2020 3:41:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 3 JULY 2020 | NANCY ATKINSON, UNIVERSE TODAY
    This latest flyover video from the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, provides a stunning view of one of Mars' most eye-popping craters. This movie was created using an imagery from Mars Express' High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC). The images are normally taken looking straight down (nadir), and the video combines topography information from the stereo channels of HRSC to generate a three-dimensional landscape, which was then recorded from different perspectives, as with a movie camera, to render the flight shown in the video. Korolev Crater is 82 kilometers (50 miles) across and at least 2 km (1.25 miles) deep....
  • German authorities fear vast network in child abuse probe (30K suspects)

    06/29/2020 8:22:58 PM PDT · by bitt · 17 replies
    WAPO ^ | 6/29/2020 | ap
    BERLIN — Authorities in western Germany said Monday they have evidence that tens of thousands of people may have been involved with an online child sex abuse network uncovered last year. The justice minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Peter Biesenbach, said that allegations against members of the pedophile ring include possession and distribution of child sex abuse images, and serious abuse. “I didn’t expect, not in the slightest, the extent of child abuse on the net,” Biesenbach told reporters, adding that specialist investigators have so far counted “more than — and I hope you’re sitting down — 30,000 unknown suspected...
  • NASA Mars Helicopter Will Be Red Planet’s ‘Wright Brothers Moment’

    06/23/2020 11:26:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies ^ | June 23, 2020 | Staff
    NASA is about to take to the air on another planet. As part of its next mission to Mars, leaving Earth this summer, the space agency will attempt to do something that has never been done before: fly a helicopter through the rarefied atmosphere of Mars. If it works, the small helicopter, named Ingenuity, will open a new way for future robotic explorers to get a bird’s-eye view of Mars and other worlds in the solar system. “This is very analogous to the Wright brothers moment, but on another planet,” said MiMi Aung, the project manager of the Mars helicopter...
  • Uncle Ben’s rice says ‘now is the right time to evolve the brand’

    06/17/2020 11:15:50 AM PDT · by kevcol · 112 replies
    CBS17 news ^ | Jun 17, 2020
    NEW YORK — The owner of the Uncle Ben’s brand of rice says the brand will “evolve” in response to concerns about racial stereotyping. Caroline Sherman, a spokeswoman for Mars, which owns Uncle Ben’s, says the company is listening to the voices of consumers, especially in the black community, and recognizes that “now is the right time to evolve the brand, including its visual identity.” In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, activists and consumers have demanded that companies take a stand against racial injustice or lose their business.
  • Here's every place we've [?] landed or crashed robots on Mars

    06/07/2020 10:35:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    CNET ^ | Eric Mack
    Both NASA and China's space agency hope to launch new rovers for Mars in the coming weeks, and if they make it they'll become the 9th and 10th craft to successfully land on the surface of our planetary neighbor. Hopefully, neither NASA's Perseverance rover nor China's Tianwen-1 rover become the next machine to end its mission abruptly with a crash landing on Mars. At least two craft have crashed, while four others have lost contact with Earth just before or after landing. To mark the upcoming Martian launch season, which only occurs when the planets are best aligned for the...
  • NASA Wants to Go Nuclear [power] on the Moon and Mars for Astronaut Settlement

    06/01/2020 8:55:23 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    scitechdaily ^ | May 31, 2020 | American Chemical Society
    With NASA planning its next human mission to the moon in 2024, researchers are looking for options to power settlements on the lunar surface. According to a new article in Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, nuclear fission reactors have emerged as top candidates to generate electricity in space. When it comes to powering an astronauts’ settlement, there are many factors to consider, writes correspondent Tien Nguyen in collaboration with ACS Central Science. The power source must be capable of being transported safely from Earth and of withstanding the harsh conditions of other worlds....
  • SpaceX’s Historic Launch Should Inspire More Of Us To Take Risks

    05/27/2020 7:25:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 27, 2020 | Helen Raleigh
    Amid the pandemic, the SpaceX launch should inspire us to be risk-takers, trying new things and starting new ventures. We can only achieve great things if we don't let fear dictate how we live our lives. Two American astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, will strap themselves in the Dragon capsule, which sits on top of the Falcon 9 rocket — both built by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX — and depart for the International Space Station on May 27.This extraordinary event embodies much historic significance. The Falcon 9 rocket will be launched from the same launch pad at the Kennedy...
  • Tiny Cardboard Aircraft Could Fly in the Skies of Mars

    05/26/2020 2:41:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 10 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 5/26/20 | Nancy Atkinson
    Tiny Cardboard Aircraft Could Fly in the Skies of Mars What would be the best method for exploring planetary atmospheres, such as at Mars, Venus or even Earth? One group of researchers are developing tiny, levitating “nanocardboard” aircraft that could hover in alien skies. They would fly like dust floating in beams of sunlight – but intelligently, and with a purpose.“It’s exciting because it’s essentially a new mechanism of flight,” said Igor Bargatin from the University of Pennsylvania. “We’re talking about a structure half an inch in size that can fly around without any moving parts.”For several years, Bargatin has...
  • Colonizing Mars may require humanity to tweak its DNA

    05/20/2020 8:49:42 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies ^ | 19 May 2020 | Mike Wall
    Genetic enhancement may not be restricted to the pages of sci-fi novels for much longer. For example, scientists have already inserted genes from tardigrades — tiny, adorable and famously tough animals that can survive the vacuum of space — into human cells in the laboratory. The engineered cells exhibited a greater resistance to radiation than their normal counterparts... Tardigrades and "extremophile" microbes, such as the radiation-resistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans, "are a great, basically natural reservoir of amazing traits and talents in biology," added Mason... "Maybe we use some of them." Harnessing these traits might also someday allow astronauts to journey...
  • Love isolation? NASA wants you to spend 8 months locked in a Russian lab

    05/19/2020 8:48:07 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    space,com ^ | 19 May 2020 | Chelsea Gohd
    While the moon is the main goal of NASA's Artemis program, the agency's larger goal is to send crewed missions to Mars. But long-term space travel and habitation won't be easy. Such missions will present both physical and mental challenges as astronauts work to not only survive, but perform important scientific research in uniquely difficult environments. In the upcoming NASA-Russia experiment, which builds on a previous four-month-long study from 2019, a crew will live in isolation in a closed facility at Russia's Institute for Biomedical Problems, which is in Moscow, NASA officials said in a statement. This habitat facility was...
  • Martian rock samples might bring alien viruses to Earth, expert warns

    05/11/2020 10:27:36 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 50 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2020 | Dana Kennedy
    Scientists are preparing for a potential close encounter of the viral kind. Researchers say that when humans return from a planned visit to Mars in the 2030s, they’ll have to quarantine because rock samples from the Red Planet could be as dangerous as Ebola — even if the likelihood they are is low. Rockets returning from Mars will have to undergo a chemical cleaning involving intense heat as well.
  • Exclusive Robert Zubrin Interview Part 3: Will Elon Musk lead us into the future?

    04/27/2020 1:25:03 PM PDT · by amorphous · 13 replies
    What about it? Youtube Chanel ^ | Apr 25, 2020 | Felix Schlang
    Felix sat down with Robert Zubrin - Scientist, Engineer, Inventor & President of the Mars Society - to have a talk about Elon Musk, SpaceX and the future of humanity. Robert Zubrin was able to provide me with most interesting answers and gave insights into what he learned while working and talking with SpaceX's Elon Musk
  • [Red] China’s Mars mission named Tianwen-1, appears on track for July launch

    04/25/2020 10:14:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Space News ^ | 04/24/2020 | Andrew Jones
    Tianwen-1, meaning ‘questions to heaven’, is taken from the name of a long-form poem by Qu Yuan, a poet born in the fourth century B.C., according to CNSA chief engineer Ge Xiaochun. China is understood to be planning a Mars sample return mission, a Jupiter orbiter and considering possible missions to icy giants and interstellar space. A joint near-Earth asteroid sample return and comet rendezvous mission has also been proposed. Few details of the Tianwen-1 mission have been released so far. The Tianwen-1 spacecraft is expected to have a wet mass of around 5 metric tons. Launch on a Long...
  • Trailblazing Mars helicopter attached to Perseverance rover for July launch

    04/12/2020 8:56:21 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies ^ | Mike Wall
    Perseverance's descent stage was also fueled up last weekend, just before the helicopter integration, NASA officials said. The descent stage is the rocket-powered sky crane that will lower Perseverance onto the Martian dirt via cables in February 2021. Gassing up the crane was no trivial task; the craft's four tanks hold a total of 884 lbs. (401 kilograms) of hydrazine propellant, agency officials said. "The last hundred days before any Mars launch is chock-full of significant milestones," David Gruel, the Mars 2020 assembly, test and launch operations manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a...
  • NASA to explore space rock worth so much money it would DESTROY world economy

    01/16/2017 4:24:39 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 136 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 16th January 2017 | Peter Truman
    THE American space agency is planning to send a spacecraft to a lump of metal in space worth quadrillions of dollars. The 200km-wide asteroid is currently orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. It is made up of various precious metals such as iron, nickel and gold. Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.
  • Lose Yourself in This Absolutely Gobsmacking Image of Valles Marineris on Mars

    03/25/2020 7:52:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 25 MARCH 2020 | MATT WILLIAMS, UNIVERSE TODAY
    The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) delivers once again! Using its advanced imaging instrument, the High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera, the orbiter captured a breathtaking image (shown below) of the plains north of Juventae Chasma. This region constitutes the southwestern part of Valles Marineris, the gigantic canyon system that runs along the Martian equator. The image was originally taken in July of 2007 by the HiRISE camera and showcases three distinct types of terrain. In the top half of the image, this includes plains with craters and sinuous ridge features. These features are of particular interest since they could be...
  • At long last, NASA’s probe finally digs in on Mars

    03/18/2020 1:05:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies ^ | 03/18/2020 | By Charlie Wood
    NASA unsticks its Martian digging probe by whacking it with a shovel. ______________________________________________________________________ The robotic scoop-arm pins “the mole” against the side of its hole in an attempt to get it moving.NASA/JPL-Caltech ___________________________________________________________________ Every day, the InSight lander’s suite of instruments sends back data proving that the Red Planet isn’t really dead. Marsquakes rumble the seismometer. Swirling vortices register on onboard pressure sensor. And temperature sensors help track the weather and changing of the seasons. Despite the lander’s successes, however, one gauge has met with resistance from the Martian environment while trying to carry out its mission. Something has stopped...
  • Watching the Skies: Parade of planets

    03/17/2020 5:58:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    WoodTV ^ | Mar 16, 2020 / 07:04 PM EDT | Emily Schuitema
    Early Tuesday morning, the waning crescent moon will be visible with the four planets down and to the left. As the sky begins to brighten, Mercury will rise and both Saturn and Mars will begin to fade from view. Both the Moon and Jupiter will remain visible as it gets lighter. By Wednesday morning, the moon will be closest to Jupiter and Mars. Jupiter is currently the brightest morning planet and it will be easy to pick out. Mars will be much dimmer in comparison. The moon will continue to get thinner as the week goes on. On Thursday morning,...
  • Magnetic Fields Around NASA's Mars Lander Are 10 Times Stronger Than Scientists Expected

    03/08/2020 8:23:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies ^ | 9 MARCH 2020 | MATT WILLIAMS, UNIVERSE TODAY
    These readings were obtained by InSight's magnetic sensor, which studied the magnetic fields within the mission's landing zone. This shallow crater, known as "Homestead hollow", is located in the region called Elysium Planitia – a flat-smooth plain just north of the equator. This region was selected because it has the right combination of flat topology, low elevation, and low debris to allow InSight to probe deep into the interior of Mars. Prior to this mission, the best estimates of Martian magnetic fields came from satellites in orbit and were averaged over distances of more than 150 kilometres (93 miles). Measuring...