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  • Rock samples from Western US teach how to hunt for life on Mars

    10/03/2015 8:35:35 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 10/2015 | Alison Olcott Marshall, Nicholas A. Cestari
    The search for life beyond Earth is one of the grandest endeavors in the history of humankind -- a quest that could transform our understanding of our universe both scientifically and spiritually. . . . The search for life beyond Earth is one of the grandest endeavors in the history of humankind -- a quest that could transform our understanding of our universe both scientifically and spiritually.
  • Journey to Mars lies through the moon

    10/02/2015 1:11:29 PM PDT · by Marcus · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 2, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    The discovery of water on the surface of Mars, which just happened to coincide with the premiere of the hit film The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut marooned on the Red Planet, has caused some degree of excitement for space enthusiasts. NASA is particularly inspired because its central organizing project is “the journey to Mars” which is scheduled to put astronauts on the Martian surface by the 2030s. The discovery and the movie certainly would not hurt the effort to gin up support for the humans to Mars program.

    10/02/2015 5:55:20 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 45 replies
    ************What a last name...************Mars: I’m wet.Earth: I’m coming over.************ ************House Speaker John Boehner announced that he is resigning from Congress. When he heard Congress lost Boehner, John McCain said, “Oh I got a little blue pill for that.” “No, BOEHNER. We lost House Speaker Boehner!" It's pronounced Bay-ner. ~ Fallon************************After their meeting got off to a tense start, Obama and Putin wound up talking for 90 minutes, and Putin described the talks as "surprisingly open." Putin said it was the most productive conversation he'd ever had with someone who wasn't tied to a chair. ~ Fallon************************"On Friday, despite our...
  • Let’s Not Move to Mars

    10/01/2015 12:00:20 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 92 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 21, 2015 | Ed Regis
    In the early years of the 20th century, zeppelins filled with flammable and explosive hydrogen were all the rage in Germany, a reckless infatuation that ended with the eruption and crash of the Hindenburg in 1937. Sometimes, technology is a triumph of wild-eyed enthusiasm over the unpleasant facts of the real world. Today we are witnessing a similar outburst of enthusiasm over the literally outlandish notion that in the relatively near future, some of us are going to be living, working, thriving and dying on Mars ... Unfortunately, this Mars mania reflects an excessively optimistic view of what it actually...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Seasonal Streaks Point to Recent Flowing Water on Mars

    09/30/2015 1:04:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    NASA ^ | September 30, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What creates these changing streaks on Mars? Called Recurring Slope Linea (RSL), these dark features start on the slopes of hills and craters but don't usually extend to the bottom. What's even more unusual is that these streaks appear to change with the season, appearing fresh and growing during warm weather and disappearing during the winter. After much study, including a recent chemical analyses, a leading hypothesis has emerged that these streaks are likely created by new occurrences of liquid salty water that evaporates as it flows. The source for the briny water is still unclear, with two possibilities...
  • The Martian

    09/29/2015 1:07:58 PM PDT · by Textide · 84 replies
    self | 09/29/2015 | Textide
    FReepers, I can't recommend this one enough. This book is phenomenal. Here's an effort at a short summary: In the near future, an astronaut is presumed dead and left behind on Mars during a dust storm. Turns out he pulled through and has to figure out how to survive. NASA has several missions planned over the coming years so he meticulously plans and executes his survival with the hopes that the future missions take place. What struck me was that he didn't feel sorry for himself. He conducted himself as a man and even had contempt for fate. He wasn't...
  • What I Really Think About Mars

    09/29/2015 12:21:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush ^ | September 29, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: You know, try as I might, I can't avoid making this show about me. Well, that's not the right way to say it. I can't avoid having myself become part of this show, and that's never what I want. I mean, I am the show, but I mean I want to talk about things out there happening besides what I say. Why do I need to tell you what I say when you hear me say it the first time? But this Mars thing is just totally all over the place out there, and every one of these people...
  • Big NASA “Mars mystery” announcement gets watered down

    09/28/2015 5:23:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Hot ^ | September 28, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    I was seeing tease lines in the news over the weekend and on the NASA twitter feed hinting at a major announcement which would come out today. That spurred the usual rounds of speculation with the most popular candidate being that they turned up some form of life or perhaps a fossil or something along those lines. (Personally I was pitching for a large black obelisk of some sort full of stars, but you can only ask for so much.) I honestly wasn’t getting my hopes up too far because they’ve played these games before. Rather than just announcing what...
  • Life on Mars? NASA Finds Flowing Water on Barren Planet

    09/28/2015 4:27:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/9/15
    Dark streaks on Mars's surface may indicate liquid water on the barren planet, the National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA) revealed Monday. “We now know Mars was once a planet very much like Earth with warm salty seas and fresh water lakes,” Jim Green, NASA's planetary science director, stated. “But something has happened to Mars, it lost its water.” But recent photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show long, dark streaks - some as long as 100m - which scientists believe could be a live source of flowing water - and, just maybe, could prove the existence of life (or...
  • Climate Change on Mars?

    09/28/2015 1:39:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Rush ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Here's Cory in Wichita. Glad you called, great to have you on the program, Cory, hi. CALLER: Hey, it's great to be here. Thank you very much. Giga dittos, Rush, Mega isn't enough. Once again your prescience has paid off. At the noon news hour here in Wichita, I heard ABC interviewing the NASA scientist talking about the water on Mars -- RUSH: Yeah, yeah. CALLER: -- and how it could lead to proof that there was life or something. RUSH: Right, right. CALLER: So the ABC reporter, I can't remember her name, did come on and say, "Mars...
  • NASA Discusses Science Update Sheds Light On Mars Mystery! !!:30 AM FIVE MINUTES!

    09/28/2015 8:25:26 AM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
  • Evidence found of "flowing liquid water" on Mars: NASA

    09/28/2015 8:57:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Robert Ferris
    Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence yet that "flowing liquid water" exists on Mars, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Monday morning.
  • Water Is Flowing on Mars

    09/28/2015 8:53:15 AM PDT · by lbryce · 59 replies
    Atlantic ^ | September 28, 2015 | ADRIENNE LAFRANCE
    Right now, 140 million miles away, somewhere on the frigid surface of Mars, there is water forming. Scientists announced they have strong evidence that briny water flows on the planet, a critical step toward identifying possible life on Mars. “Water is essential to life as we know it,” wrote Lujendra Ojha, Mary Beth Wilhelm, and their co-authors in a paper published Monday in Nature Geoscience. “The presence of liquid water on Mars today has astrobiological, geologic and hydrologic implications and may affect future human exploration.” If this announcement, which NASA billed as “major” in the days leading up to...
  • Mars 'mystery solved': has Nasa found water flowing on the Red Planet?

    09/27/2015 1:38:43 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 50 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 27 Sep 2015 | Emily Gosden
    Nasa is preparing to unveil a "major science finding" from its Mars exploration programme, amid speculation it could have found water flowing on the Red Planet. The space agency has scheduled a press conference for Monday, in which it promises to announce a "Mars Mystery Solved". While many are hoping for a discovery of alien life, the leading theory among those who follow research into Mars is an announcement of the presence of liquid water. The speculation has been driven by Nasa's disclosure that Lujendra Ojha, a PhD candidate who discovered possible signs of water as a 21-year-old undergraduate student...
  • What’s Behind NASA’s Upcoming Mystery Announcement About Mars

    09/24/2015 4:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    Inverse ^ | September 24, 2015 | Neel V. Patel, science and tech journalist
    NASA officials will announce Monday morning a major scientific discovery related to their continued exploration of Mars. The agency won’t give too many details on what exactly the big reveal is, apart from the fact that the briefing will feature some pretty big names at the space agency (including Jim Green, director of planetary science at NASA HQ; Michael Meyer, the lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program; Lujendra Ojha, a grad student at Georgia Tech; Mary Beth Wilhelm at NASA’s Ames Research Center, and a grad student at Georgia Tech as well; and Alfred McEwen at the University of...
  • Elon Musk Wants to Change How (and Where) Humans Live

    Making spaceships and electric supercars isn’t enough for Elon Musk. Meghan Daum meets the entrepreneur who wants to save the world. The name sounds like a men’s cologne. Or a type of ox. It sounds possibly made up. But then, so much about Elon Musk seems the creation of a fiction writer—and not necessarily one committed to realism. At 44, Musk is both superstar entrepreneur and mad scientist. Sixteen years after cofounding a company called that would, following a merger, go on to become PayPal, he’s launched the electric carmaker Tesla Motors and the aerospace manufacturer SpaceX, which are...
  • A Dragon on Mars! Elon Musk backs Nasa plan to send SpaceX capsule on sample return mission in 2020

    09/17/2015 1:34:59 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/15/2015 | Mark Prigg
    Budget plan would send a SpaceX capsule in 2020 to get samples. Would pick up samples left by Nasa's 2020 Rover. Comes as Amazon's Jeff Bezos unveiled 'megarocket' to take on SpaceX It could bring samples from Mars to Earth for the first time. Nasa employees have revealed details of a 'budget' plan to send a SpaceX capsule to the red planet in 2020 to return samples. Elon Musk has backed the idea - and even tweeted images of what the mission would look like. A Dragon on Mars: The mission would grab samples collected by Nasa's 2020 rover and...
  • 3D-Printed Bubble House Made for Mars

    09/15/2015 11:15:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies ^ | Sep 14, 2015 04:00 PM ET // by | Tracy Staedter
    Last week, NASA announced the top 30 finalists for their 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. ... ...Sfero Bubble House design... Construction of the habitat would be begin with a long pole that would drill into the ground and from which two robotic arms would extend. One arm would suck up and sort material from the surface, while the other one would use the material to construct a dome overhead. Printed from Martian soil, the home is partially buried underground so that only the top floor is on the surface. In this space, the astronauts could maintain an indoor garden and workspace. The...
  • Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says

    03/24/2007 5:51:38 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 180 replies · 2,526+ views
    National Geographic ^ | February 28, 2007 | Kate Ravilious
    Mars, too, appears to be enjoying more mild and balmy temperatures. In 2005 data from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Odyssey missions revealed that the carbon dioxide "ice caps" near Mars's south pole had been diminishing for three summers in a row. Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of space research at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory in Russia, says the Mars data is evidence that the current global warming on Earth is being caused by changes in the sun. "The long-term increase in solar irradiance is heating both Earth and Mars," he said. Solar Cycles Abdussamatov believes that changes in the sun's...
  • Mars Ski Report: Snow is Hard, Dense and Disappearing [Global Warming on MARS]

    01/22/2007 11:51:19 PM PST · by Moseley · 26 replies · 1,086+ views ^ | November 6, 2001 | Robert Roy Britt
    Global warming on Mars? In the other study, led by Michael C. Malin, features at the south pole were observed to retreat by up to 10 feet (3 meters) from one Martian year to the next. The odd shapes -- circular pits, ridges and mounds -- were first photographed in 1999. Since then, the features have eroded away by up to 50 percent.
  • Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere four billion years ago

    06/19/2013 10:11:10 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 70 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday 19 June 2013 13.00 EDT
    Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere more than a billion years before the Earth, say scientists. An examination of meteorites and rocks on the planet suggests that oxygen was affecting the Martian surface four billion years ago. On Earth, oxygen did not build up to appreciable quantities in the atmosphere for at least another 1.5bn years
  • Mars has lost an Arctic Ocean's worth of water

    03/05/2015 2:40:02 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 27 replies ^ | By/Michael Casey/
    Taking into account the surface of Mars today, a likely location for this water would be in the Northern Plains, which has long been considered a good candidate because of the low-lying ground. An ancient ocean there would have covered about 20 percent of the planet's surface. By comparison, the Atlantic Ocean occupies 17 percent of Earth's surface. "This ocean had a maximum depth of around 5,000 feet or around one mile deep," Villanueva said. "It's deep - not as deep as the deepest points of our oceans, but comparable to the average depth of the Mediterranean Sea." By combining...
  • Curiosity Rover Makes Big Water Discovery in Mars Dirt, a 'Wow Moment'

    09/26/2013 3:20:22 PM PDT · by posterchild · 25 replies ^ | Sept 26, 2013 | Mike Wall
    Future Mars explorers may be able to get all the water they need out of the red dirt beneath their boots, a new study suggests. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has found that surface soil on the Red Planet contains about 2 percent water by weight. That means astronaut pioneers could extract roughly 2 pints (1 liter) of water out of every cubic foot (0.03 cubic meters) of Martian dirt they dig up, said study lead author Laurie Leshin, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.
  • Mars Mystery: Has Curiosity Rover Made Big Discovery?

    11/21/2012 3:19:55 AM PST · by djf · 67 replies ^ | 11/20/2012 | Curiosity
    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has apparently made a discovery "for the history books," but we'll have to wait a few weeks to learn what the new Red Planet find may be, media reports suggest. The discovery was made by Curiosity's Sample Analysis at Mars instrument, NPR reported today (Nov. 20). SAM is the rover's onboard chemistry lab, and it's capable of identifying organic compounds — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it. SAM apparently spotted something interesting in a soil sample Curiosity's huge robotic arm delivered to the instrument recently. "This data is gonna be one for...
  • Mars Red-Faced Without Water ("casts doubt on whether the surface is really billions of years old")

    09/22/2009 1:49:10 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 16 replies · 1,046+ views
    CEH ^ | September 21, 2009
    Sept 21, 2009 — The Martians are singing How dry I am. Scientists have a new explanation for how Mars turned red without water...
  • Martian Landscaping: Spacecraft eyes evidence of a frozen sea

    03/05/2005 10:45:15 AM PST · by ambrose · 15 replies · 543+ views
    March 5, 2005; Vol. 167, No. 10 , p. 149 Martian Landscaping: Spacecraft eyes evidence of a frozen sea Ron Cowen A flat region near the Red Planet's equator may hold a frozen ocean that was once as deep and big as the North Sea. The region's relatively craterless facade suggests that water gushed to the surface and froze recently, raising the possibility that life might exist today on or just beneath the surface, says Mars Express researcher John Murray. Last week, his team reported its analysis of images that were taken by the orbiting Mars Express spacecraft. In this...
  • Gigantic Ice Slab Found on Mars Just Below the Planet's Surface

    09/12/2015 6:19:00 AM PDT · by lbryce · 45 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 | Charles Q. Choi
    This image shows a digital terrain model of the crater investigated by the University of Arizona's Ali Bramson. Image released August 26, 2015. A giant slab of ice as big as California and Texas combined lurks just beneath the surface of Mars between its equator and north pole, researchers say. This ice may be the result of snowfall tens of millions of years ago on Mars, scientists added. Mars is now dry and cold, but lots of evidence suggests that rivers, lakes and seas once covered the planet. Scientists have discovered life virtually wherever there is liquid water on...
  • SpaceX releases first interior photos of its astronaut-carrying spacecraft

    09/11/2015 10:24:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 50 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 06:04 pm | By Loren Grush
    SpaceX's new Crew Dragon capsule may be reserved for astronauts traveling to and from the International Space Station — but now you can take a virtual tour of the vehicle's insides. The company just released interior photos of the spacecraft, as well as a video showing closeups of its control panels and crew seats. The images offer our first glimpse at what the finished Crew Dragon will look like. The photos show an interior that is sleek and smooth, with mostly black and white hardware. It gives off the vibe of a luxury sports car (which makes sense, given CEO...
  • Mars Rover Snaps Picture of Two Floating Spoon Rocks

    09/10/2015 11:58:20 AM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 46 replies
    Ok Ok they're not floating but they are some pretty cool rock formations.
  • Bruno Mars has been offered Super Bowl 50 halftime show spot

    09/09/2015 6:43:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | September 8, 2015 | Will Robinson
    For the Super Bowl’s golden anniversary, the NFL has asked a big name to return to the stage. Bruno Mars has been offered the headliner spot for the Super Bowl 50 halftime show in Santa Clara, California, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
  • Two of the most interesting Mars Curiosity rover images I've seen (not the ones from the news)

    09/03/2015 10:47:39 AM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 43 replies
    Maybe it's just Martian weather making straight lines, 90 degree angles, and cuts that look machine made. I really don't know what to think about these but they sure are interesting. Here are the two images straight from NASA: The following images are from
  • Yearlong mock Mars mission will test mental toll of isolation

    09/02/2015 10:48:30 PM PDT · by ETL · 39 replies
    FoxNews.Com ^ | September 02, 2015 | Calla Cofield
    On Aug. 28, six scientists left the comforts of civilization, set to be gone for an entire year. Their mission will simulate what it might be like for astronauts journeying to Mars. In the confines of a 36-foot-wide and 20-foot-high solar-powered dome in a remote location on the island of Hawaii, the six team members will have to live together for 365 days. They will have no face-to-face contact with humans outside of the dome. This is the fourth and longest such mission carried out by the Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program, and its goal is to find...
  • The Gas (and Ice) Giant Uranus

    08/27/2015 11:24:07 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 49 replies
    Universe Today ^ | Matt Williams
    Uranus, which takes its name from the Greek God of the sky, is a gas giant and the seventh planet from our Sun. It is also the third largest planet in our Solar System, ranking behind Jupiter and Saturn. Like its fellow gas giants, it has many moons, a ring system, and is primarily composed of gases that are believed to surround a solid core. Though it can be seen with the naked eye, the realization that Uranus is a planet was a relatively recent one. Though there are indications that it was spotted several times over the course of...
  • Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040... [title shortened]

    08/28/2015 5:36:05 AM PDT · by Textide · 43 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 08/27/2015 | Christopher Brennan
    Full Title: Buzz Aldrin developing 'master plan' to begin colonies on Mars by 2040 as he launches partnership with university Buzz Aldrin, 85, is partnering with Florida Institute of Technology. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute will open in The Fall and focus on Mars Astronaut, the second man to walk on the Moon, has devised plan to get to the red planet using 'cycling pathways' and base on Mars's moon Phobos The second man to walk on the Moon is teaming up with Florida Institute of Technology to develop 'a master plan' for colonizing Mars within 25 years. Buzz Aldrin,...
  • How Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss got space exploration wrong

    06/24/2015 9:11:48 PM PDT · by Marcus · 5 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | June 24, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    According to a Tuesday piece in Motherboard, Noam Chomsky, a philosopher and political commentator, and Lawrence Krauss, a physicist and cosmologist, had a public dialogue about space exploration. Being both men of the far left, they concluded that space travel should be best left to robots and conducted by governments. The conclusions are the exact opposite of what the prevailing trends are in space policy.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Little Planet Curiosity

    08/22/2015 10:40:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | August 22, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: A curious robot almost completely straddles this rocky little planet. Of course, the planet is really Mars and the robot is the car-sized Curiosity Rover, posing over its recent drilling target in the Marias Pass area of lower Mount Sharp. The 92 images used to assemble the little planet projection, a digitally warped and stitched mosaic covering 360x180 degrees, were taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Curiosity mission sol (martian day) 1065. That corresponds to 2015 August 5, three Earth years since Curiosity landed on the surface of the Red Planet. The composite selfie...
  • Ummmm... how was this picture taken?

    08/20/2015 7:56:58 AM PDT · by djf · 31 replies
    Curiosity has left it's base deployment and afaik no external cameras exist. So does anyone know how this picture was taken? The original article is at
  • Humans on Europa: A Plan for Colonies on the Icy Moon

    05/28/2002 8:17:10 PM PDT · by vannrox · 5 replies · 687+ views
    Space.COM ^ | 06 June 2001 | By Don Lipper
    Humans on Europa: A Plan for Colonies on the Icy Moon By Don Lipper Special to posted: 07:00 am ET 06 June 2001 Forewarned is forearmed in science fact and science fiction when it comes to Jupiter's icy moon Europa. Frigid and ice-covered, Europa is believed to harbor a giant liquid ocean beneath its crusty arctic surface, a primordial sea whose tidal motions are driven by Jovian gravity and warmed by intense radiation given off by the giant planet. Yet despite the planet's fearsome environment, members of the Artemis Society, a private venture dedicated establishing a permanent, self-supporting community...
  • Donald Trump thinks going to Mars would be 'wonderful' but there is a catch

    08/16/2015 7:32:07 AM PDT · by Marcus · 21 replies
    Houston Space Examiner ^ | august 16, 2015 | Mark R. Whittington
    Donald Trump, the mercurial real estate tycoon and media personality who, much to the surprise of one and all, has become the front-runner for the Republican nomination for president opened his mind just a little about his attitude toward space exploration, according to a Saturday story in Forbes. In an answer to a question put to him about sending humans to Mars, the current focus at NASA, Trump said, ““Honestly, I think it’s wonderful; I want to rebuild our infrastructure first, ok? I think it’s wonderful.” In other words, dreams of going to Mars must take a back seat to...
  • NASA’s Curiosity rover takes photo of woman-like figure on Mars

    08/10/2015 8:34:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 74 replies
    WGNO ^ | 4:50 PM, August 10, 2015,
    UFO Sightings Daily has brought attention to the picture, saying that the shape “looks like a woman partly cloaked.”
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Curiosity's View

    08/08/2015 4:23:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    NASA ^ | August 08, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: By planet Earth's calendar, the Curiosity Mars Rover reached its 3rd anniversary on the surface of the Red Planet on August 6. To celebrate, gaze across this dramatic panoramic view of diverse terrain typical of the rover's journey to the layered slopes of Aeolis Mons, also known as Mount Sharp. Recorded with Curiosity's Mast Camera instrument, the scene looks south across gravel, sand ripples, and boulders toward rounded buttes. In the background, higher layers at left are toward the southeast, with southwest at panorama right. The individual images composing the view were taken on Curiosity's mission sols (martian days)...
  • NASA robot helps create biggest rocket parts for Mars mission

    08/06/2015 5:13:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 9 replies ^ | Aug 06, 2015 | by Felix Balthasar,
    NASA engineers are making the biggest, lightweight rocket parts ever manufactured for space vehicles to deeper manned missions, such as Mars exploration. It is a robot established at Marshall Space Flight Centre of NASA in Alabama. According to the US space agency, it is among the largest composites manufacturing robots made in the US. According to Preston Jones, deputy director of Marshall's Engineering Directorate, "This addition to Marshall's Composites Technology Centre provides modern technology to develop low-cost and high-speed manufacturing processes for making large composite rocket structures. We will build and test these structures to determine if they are a...
  • 'Sarcastic Rover' Twitter account brings Mars down to Earth

    08/06/2015 2:35:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin
    The Sarcastic Rover parody Twitter account came into being on Aug. 6, 2012 (or Aug. 5, depending on the time zone), the night of the famous "seven minutes of terror" landing that brought Curiosity to the Martian surface. Sarcastic Rover's brand of science-minded wit was apparent from the moment it arrived on Twitter. ... The parody account resonated with people immediately. The account attracted about 7,000 followers during its first night online, according to Jason Filiatrault, a screenwriter and the mind behind the sarcastic robot. Sarcastic Rover now has about 134,000 followers, three years into Curiosity's mission. ... SarcasticRover ‎@SarcasticRover...
  • My wife volunteered for a one-way mission to Mars

    08/02/2015 5:32:58 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 94 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 2, 2015 | Joel Christie
    A Virginia man has opened up about what it's like having a wife who volunteered to be part of the controversial Mars One mission - and the fact that, in just a few years, he and his sons are expected to say goodbye to her forever. Jason Stanford refers to himself as an 'astronaut wife', because his actual wife and stepmother to his two sons, Sonia Van Meter, 36, was one of the people chosen for the Mars One Project, a privately-funded one-way mission which hopes to establish a permanent human colony on the red planet. The first Mars One...
  • Face the facts people, there is no life on Mars

    07/31/2015 11:20:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07/24/2015 | Michael Hanlon
    Suddenly, space is getting interesting again. After decades of going boldly nowhere in low Earth orbit, Man, or rather his robotic emissaries, have made some startling discoveries in our Solar System. Cold, distant Pluto is – who would have thought it? – turning out to be one of the most interesting planets (yes, it is a planet) in the Solar System. Before the New Horizons probe turned up earlier this month, astronomers assumed it would be a dull, grey cratered rock. [SNIP] If we find life of any kind out there – whether it be Martian microbes (we have several...
  • Returning To The Moon Is Ten Times Cheaper Than Thought, And It Could Lead To Mars

    07/24/2015 5:25:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    IFL Science! ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan O'Callaghan
    Traveling to the Moon just got a whole lot cheaper. A NASA-funded study (PDF) has found that the cost of lunar missions could be reduced by a factor of 10 using a number of techniques – and it could also have implications for getting humans to Mars. The extensive NexGen Space study by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) said that partnerships with private companies could return humans to the Moon for $10 billion (£6.4 billion), rather than the previosuly estimated $100 billion (£64 billion) that had turned off potential suitors. Utilizing fuel sourced from...
  • Stennis Space Center tested its 'Space Launch System' on July 17

    07/18/2015 5:06:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 30 replies
    In auto racing parlance, NASA engineers put the "pedal to the metal" during a July 17 test of its Space Launch System (SLS) RS-25 rocket engine at Stennis Space Center. During a 535-second test, operators ran the RS-25 through a series of power levels, including a period of firing at 109 percent of the engine's rated power. Data collected on performance of the engine at the various power levels will aid in adapting the former space shuttle engines to the new SLS vehicle mission requirements, including development of an all-new engine controller and software. Four RS-25 engines will use the...
  • MARS: It’s time to decide when to declare a planet lifeless

    07/13/2015 1:43:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 07/13/2015
    WHEN can we declare the Red Planet a dead planet? Although most efforts so far have gone toward showing that other planets could support life, now is the time to think about the other side of the coin. Spacecraft going to other worlds must follow costly planetary protection protocols, such as sterilisation, to avoid contaminating their destination with Earth microbes, putting any native life at risk, or bringing potentially dangerous alien ones back. But if there’s nothing there, why bother? We haven’t found life on Mars yet, and if further missions also turn up nothing, at some point commercial space...
  • Red-faced Pluto Full of Surprises

    07/04/2015 6:56:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies ^ | on July 4, 2015 | Bob King
    On Mars, iron oxide or rust colors the planet’s soil, while Pluto’s coloration is likely caused by hydrocarbon molecules called tholins that are formed when cosmic rays and solar ultraviolet light interact with methane in Pluto’s atmosphere and on its surface. Airborne tholins fall out of the atmosphere and coat the surface with a reddish gunk ... “Pluto’s reddish color has been known for decades, but New Horizons is now allowing us to correlate the color of different places on the surface with their geology and soon, with their compositions,” said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern of the Southwest...
  • China claims to have the world’s first material for light-propelled spaceflight (Graphene)

    06/30/2015 8:50:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    China Daily Mail ^ | June 30, 2015
    The following is based on a translation of a report in Chinese media: According to’s report on June 19, through 3 years of research, Prof. Chen Yongsheng of the College of Chemistry and Prof. Tian Jianguo of the Institute of Physics, Nankai University have obtained a special graphene material for light-driven flight. Due to the special electronic characteristic of graphene and the macrostructure and form of the material, the material is able to get driving force from light 1,000 times greater than ordinary light pressure. The website’s reporter claimed to have seen with his own eyes a graphene sponge...