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2010-10-20 08:40:00

Proposal would cut costs dramatically, ensure long-term commitment For the chance to watch the sun rise over Olympus Mons, or maybe take a stroll across the vast plains of the Vastitas Borealis, would you sign on for a one-way flight to Mars? It's a question that gives pause to even Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a Washington State University associate professor, who, with colleague Paul Davies, a physicist and cosmologist from Arizona State University, argues for precisely such a one-way manned...

2010-10-05 09:00:00

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's mission to investigate the mystery of how Mars lost much of its atmosphere passed a critical milestone on October 4, 2010. NASA has given approval for the development and 2013 launch of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Clues on the Martian surface, such as features resembling dry...

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2010-08-19 10:05:00

A manned space flight to Mars could be so exhausting that a crew of 30- to 50-year-old astronauts might return from their voyage with the muscular structure of men and women up to 50-years their senior, according to a new study published online in The Journal of Physiology.A team of researchers, led by Marquette University biology professor Robert Fitts, studied tissue samples from nine American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts who spent approximately half a year living on board the...

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2010-08-18 11:15:00

Astronaut muscles waste away on long space flights reducing their capacity for physical work by more than 40%, according to research published online in the Journal of Physiology. This is the equivalent of a 30- to 50-year-old crew member's muscles deteriorating to that of an 80-year-old. The destructive effects of extended weightlessness to skeletal muscle "“ despite in-flight exercise "“ pose a significant safety risk for future manned missions to Mars and elsewhere in the...

2010-06-03 17:13:00

HOUSTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ever wondered what it would be like to go on a mission to Mars? On June 3, a six-man international crew entered an isolation chamber in Moscow for a simulated 520-day Mars mission conducted by the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation - Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The crew has a mission schedule full of more than 90 experiments and realistic scenarios, including emergency situations,...

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2010-05-19 06:55:00

Six men are about to embark on a 520-day simulated journey to the Red Planet in a sealed-off module that will test how long it takes for isolation to affect humans. The six men, three Russians, an Italian-Colombian, a Frenchman and a Chinese man, will be locked up in a set of cramped compartments for the record-breaking Mars500 simulated flight that will last until November 2011. The men who enlisted in the project called themselves "trailblazers" Tuesday, saying they were ready to face the...

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2010-05-10 13:00:41

The simulated flight to Mars is almost ready to depart! Selection of the full crew is still under way, but the Europeans have now been chosen: Romain Charles and Diego Urbina. Two Europeans, three Russians and one Chinese will close the hatch of the Mars500 isolation modules in early June and start their record-breaking mission. The full crew will be announced later in May, but the European members have already been selected in order to allow them to visit family and friends before they are...

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2010-05-04 10:20:00

A group of volunteer astronauts are beginning their final round of training in preparation for a simulated mission to Mars that will last 520 days, according to Tuesday media reports. In late May or early June, a team of three Russian, one Chinese, and a pair of European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts will be locked into a 1,000 square foot module near Moscow. The mission, which has been dubbed Mars500, was designed to simulate the journey from Earth to the Red Planet, and will help illustrate...

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2010-04-15 16:30:00

In a speech delivered at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, President Barack Obama said that he was "100-percent" committed to space exploration and expressed hope that NASA would be able to send a manned mission to Mars within the next 25 years. The prediction comes in response to criticism of the President's new vision for the American space agency, which was announced earlier this month. Some of that criticism came directly from former NASA astronauts, who believed that...

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2010-03-22 15:15:00

On Monday, four Europeans that hope to become guinea pigs for a 500-day simulated mission to Mars said they were proud to put their young lives on hold for the sake of scientific advancement. "I want to help humanity take a step forward by improving our level of knowledge," 28-year-old Belgian Jerome Clevers said at the European Space Agency's (ESA) offices in Noordwijk in the western Netherlands of his quest to be part of the isolation study. Diego Urbina, a 26-year-old Italian, added ...


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