Latest Manned mission to Mars Stories

2010-03-12 08:09:26

A crew of six, including two Europeans, will soon begin a simulated mission to Mars in a mockup that includes an interplanetary spaceship, a Mars lander and a martian landscape. The Mars500 experiment, as long as a real journey to Mars, will be second to none as the ultimate test of human endurance. Four ESA-selected Europeans, Belgian Jerome Clevers, Arc'hanmael Gaillard and Romain Charles from France and Colombian-Italian Diego Urbina, started the mission training at the end of February...

2010-02-03 13:12:01

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden named Robert D. Braun the agency's Chief Technologist, effective Wednesday, Feb. 3. Braun serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. The appointment comes as NASA launches a bold new initiative that targets technologies that could be transformational in their ability to improve the capability, reduce the cost, and expand the reach of future human and robotic missions. "Bobby brings expert...

2009-11-09 12:45:00

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a letter of intent that will combine their Mars programs for the greater goal of reaching the Red Planet, BBC News reported. Scientists and engineers will begin the joint planning of Mars missions, starting with a European-led orbiter in 2016, and surface rovers in 2018, and perhaps even a network of landers in 2018. Both programs share a mission to return Mars' rock and soils to Earth labs. NASA administrator Charles Bolden and ESA...

2009-10-29 12:30:00

The head of the Russian Federal Space Agency this week announced plans to develop a nuclear spacecraft that would carry man to Mars. In a statement on the agency's Web site, cited by the Associated Press, Anatoly Perminov said the nuclear craft would pose technological challenges, but could one day be used in manned missions to the Red Planet as well as others. After the initial model is developed near 2012, the actual ship would require an additional nine years and about $600 million to...

2009-10-23 06:25:00

A special independent panel is encouraging the White House to reconsider plans for having NASA send astronauts back for another walk on the moon. On Thursday, the panel's chairman stated that NASA has picked the wrong destination with the wrong rocket. Ares, the test-flight version of the new rocket, is sitting and waiting for this month's lift-off on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral. The panel members said NASA should start focusing on larger rockets, The Associated Press reported. Chairman...

2009-10-20 15:05:00

Starting in 2010, an international crew of six will simulate a 520-day round-trip to Mars, including a 30-day stay on the martian surface. In reality, they will live and work in a sealed facility in Moscow, Russia, to investigate the psychological and medical aspects of a long-duration space mission. ESA is looking for European volunteers to take part. The "Ëœmission' is part of the Mars500 program being conducted by ESA and Russia's Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) to study...

2009-07-14 09:18:08

Six members of a volunteer crew completed the task of staying locked within an isolated chamber for 105 days in an effort to further understand the implications of a human mission to Mars. The mission began on March 31, when members of the volunteer team from Russia and Europe entered the 19,500-cubic-feet chamber located at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP). The isolation project is the first by the ESA and IBMP aimed at simulating the conditions astronauts will face in...

2009-07-08 08:45:00

On 29 and 30 June the ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration, David Southwood, met NASA's Associate Administrator for Science, Ed Weiler, in Plymouth, UK, to establish a way for a progressive program for exploration of the Red Planet. The outcome of the bilateral meeting was an agreement to create a Mars Exploration Joint Initiative (MEJI) that will provide a framework for the two agencies to define and implement their scientific, programmatic and technological goals at Mars....

2009-06-19 13:35:00

On July 14, a crew of six will leave their Mars mission simulator and see the Sun once again. The crew, which includes a French pilot and a German engineer selected by ESA, will have completed 105 days of confinement and numerous scientific experiment runs inside the isolation facility at the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) in Moscow. Their simulated mission will help understand the psychological and medical aspects of long-duration spaceflight. Media representatives are...

2009-06-09 14:40:00

Due to budget constraints, US space exploration agency NASA could be considering plans to team up with the European Space Agency by 2016 in a series of trips to the Red Planet.NASA has been the leader in Mars exploration for almost half a century, but plans to collaborate with the ESA could be forthcoming later this month, according to the Associated Press.NASA's space sciences chief Ed Weiler said last month, that a joint venture between the two space agencies could be the best option for...

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