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Mars Researchers Wrap Up Four-Month Mission To Study Food
2013-08-14 17:54:39

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online In space, no one can take your order for takeout. In fact, figuring out what astronauts would eat on Mars remains one of the biggest issues for researchers. To solve what future stellar explorers might eat, a team from the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) food study spent four months in isolation in a remote habitat that was designed to simulate a long-duration space journey. This particular study looked to...

Volunteer Mars Colonist Gather In DC
2013-08-06 12:25:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forty of the volunteers chosen to take a one-way trip to the Red Planet gathered in Washington, DC yesterday to hear Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp explain his plans to build a permanent base on Mars by 2023. Should Lansdorp succeed in raising the necessary $6 billion to send these volunteers to Earth's neighbor, they'll embark on a seven-month, one-way journey to set up the planet's first colony. Lansdorp's non-profit...

MAVEN Mars Mission
2013-08-06 04:02:09

[ Watch the Video: NASA | MAVEN Magnetometer ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As the Mars Curiosity rover marks its one-year anniversary, NASA is already beginning final preparations for the November launch of its next mission to the Red Planet. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatiles Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday. It is currently housed in a cleanroom, undergoing in-depth testing and fueling prior to its...

2013-08-05 16:20:28

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and is now perched in a cleanroom to begin final preparations for its November launch. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is undergoing detailed testing and fueling prior to being moved to its launch pad. The mission has a 20-day launch...

2013-08-05 16:20:15

Next Mission to Mars Progressing Toward November Launch DENVER, Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] delivered NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft to the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Friday, Aug. 2. The orbiter will now undergo three-and-a-half months of final processing in preparation for a November launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-401 rocket. PHOTOS:...

Mars Rover Curiosity Ends First Year On Mars, Prepares For Year Two
2013-08-04 04:49:35

[ Watch the Video: Twelve Months in Two Minutes - Curiosity's First Year on Mars ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online This week marks the one-year anniversary of the NASA Curiosity rover's arrival on Mars, and the start of its search for evidence suggesting that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting microbial life. Curiosity, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 41 in November 2011, touched down in Gale Crater on...

2013-07-30 16:20:44

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA officials and crew members aboard the International Space Station will observe the first anniversary of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars at a public event in Washington from noon-1:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 6. The event will be broadcast on NASA Television and streamed live on the agency's website. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Media and the public are welcome to attend to hear highlights...

BBC Examines How To Get To Mars
2013-07-24 12:18:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This weekend, BBC News and Imperial College London will treat BBC viewers to a five-part television series depicting how a manned mission to Mars might unfold. The mini-series, titled "How to put a human on Mars," examines the many challenges of the such a mission, including creating artificial gravity to prevent muscle atrophy, protecting astronauts from solar radiation, and landing the crew and other assets on the Martian...

Curiosity Rover Longest Drive To Date
2013-07-24 10:05:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In its continuing mission to survey Mars, NASA's Mars Curiosity rover drove its farthest distance ever on Sunday, the space agency said. NASA engineers took advantage of the rover's previous high vantage point to take Curiosity out for a spin at the start of its 340th Martian day, or sol. The Curiosity team said they will begin using the rover's automatic navigation, or "autonav," program to trace a path across the landscape and drive...

2013-07-22 08:21:18

HOUSTON, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wyomingites will have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's Driven to Explore traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The exhibit will be in Rock Springs, Wyo., at Wyoming's Big Show from 4 to 10 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, July 30, and from 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, to...