Latest Manned mission to Mars Stories

2008-07-02 10:44:01

ESA and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) will be co-hosting, in cooperation with NASA and the International Mars Exploration Working Group (IMEWG), an International Conference on 9 and 10 July in the Auditorium of the Bibliothque Nationale de France in Paris to discuss the next step in the exploration of Mars. We are still collecting data under NASA's Phoenix, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Exploration Rover and Mars Odyssey missions, as well as under ESA's Mars Express...

2008-07-02 09:10:00

The French government is making ambitious plans for European missions to the Moon and Mars.  The nation wants to start a space revolution by letting European Union politicians decide on goals for the European Space Agency (ESA). According to the French, Europe will fall behind Japan, China, and India if it refuses to change its approach to space. France is seeking to drive the agenda to the forefront with the UK's help during the French presidency of the EU. A senior representative...

2008-06-19 12:00:06

By Mark K. Matthews, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jun. 19--WASHINGTON Sending what supporters called a "strong message" to the next president, the U.S. House agreed 409-15 on Wednesday that NASA should get more money to continue its mission of returning American astronauts to the moon by 2020. The directive was included in a broad NASA bill that outlines the agency's future. It authorizes $20.2 billion in 2009 funding, encourages climate research and requires an extra space-shuttle...

2008-05-28 20:30:00

Life in outer space is an absolute certainty, and it is likely to be more familiar than we might think, according to an article in the May issue of Microbiology Today. Ever since the start of the space race we have sent more than just satellites and astronauts into space: spacecraft are not routinely decontaminated and are teeming with microbial life. "Wherever man boldly goes his microbial fauna is sure to follow," said Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist at University College London. The...

2008-04-14 11:45:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen the GSI accelerator facility to assess radiation risks that astronauts will be exposed to on a Mars mission. GSI was selected because its accelerator is the only one in Europe able to create ion beams similar to those found in space. To determine possible health risks of manned space flights, scientists from all over Europe have been asked to investigate the effects of ion beams in human cells and organs. The first experiments will be launched this...

2008-02-15 13:26:29

President George W. Bush wants NASA to put a man on Mars. Putting humans on Mars is a lofty goal, and without a major increase in financial backing, it is improbable that it will occur before the 2030s. In order to not fall short of this goal, Scott Hubbard, the former director of NASA Ames Research Center and of the Mars Program, says that he is pleading with the next administration to revisit the requirements to see if international collaboration is a possibility. Hubbard, who is now a...

2008-01-08 19:16:03

Russia may have lost the race to the moon, but they seem to be ahead in the quest to complete a manned mission to Mars. According to Lev Zelyony, the director of the Space Research Institute, the goal of becoming the first country to land a human on Mars is achievable both technically and economically by 2025. And by his accounts, the Russians have a head start because of their level of experience in piloted space flight. Since the U.S. "won" the battle for the moon in 1969, Mars is the next...

2007-06-21 00:00:00

PARIS -- If you have planetary vision, want to be on the cutting edge and don't get bored easily, the European Space Agency may be looking for you. It is looking for 12 volunteers for a simulated mission to Mars that will last up to 520 days in "extreme isolation and confinement." Despite the rigorous conditions, more than 2,000 applications have been received in two days, project manager Jennifer Ngo-Anh said Thursday. "The reaction has been really overwhelming. My mailbox is full," she said...

2007-06-20 00:30:00

ESA is preparing for future human exploration missions to Mars. We are currently looking for volunteers to take part in a 520-day simulated Mars mission. To go to Mars is still a dream and one of the last gigantic challenges. But one day some of us will be on precisely that journey to the Red Planet. A journey with no way out once the spaceship is on a direct path to Mars.  Challenges These men and women will have to take care of themselves for almost two years during the roundtrip....

2007-05-08 06:00:00

By STEVE CONNOR Why are we asking this question now? Professor Stephen Hawking has just completed a series of "zero- gravity" dives in an aircraft designed to test weightlessness in space. Professor Hawking, one of the foremost experts on the cosmological theories of gravity and black holes, said he wants to see the Earth from space by going for a ride with Sir Richard Branson's company Virgin Galactic, which is scheduled to offer tourist trips into "space" in two years. Hawking believes...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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