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Mars Pioneer Behind Failed Beagle 2 Mission Passes Away
2014-05-09 04:48:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Colin Pillinger, the British space scientist best known for a failed 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars, has died at the age of 70, his family and colleagues confirmed to various media outlets on Thursday. According to BBC News, Pillinger suffered a brain hemorrhage and fell into a coma while at his Cambridge home. He later passed away at Addenbrooke's Hospital without regaining consciousness, his family said in a...

India's Flagship Martian Orbiter Has A Minor Hiccup Over Earth
2013-11-11 13:26:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online India’s landmark mission to mars, which was launched just under a week ago, has hit a minor speed bump while in orbit over Earth. The country’s Mars Orbiter Mission, otherwise known as Mangalyaan or MOM, encountered a problem with a liquid fuel thruster, causing the probe to miss an intended higher orbital trajectory. India maintains that this minor issue is just that and will not set the country back in its attempt to be only...

2012-10-02 13:17:39

As NASA's Curiosity rover scours the surface of Mars and beams pictures of the stark and desolate landscape back to Earth, we've begun to paint a picture of what living on the red planet might actually be like. In this month's Physics World, Ashley Dale, a PhD student at the University of Bristol, brings this image to life by giving his account of the two weeks he spent living in the Utah desert as part of a simulated Mars mission. Comparing his surroundings to a "Monet landscape", Dale...

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2012-07-09 14:50:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Food criticism is being placed on a whole new level, or to be more accurate, it's being placed on a galactic level with a new Mars food taste tester mission. Researchers have selected six individuals out of 700 applications to make up the crew of a simulated Mars mission that is intended to test new forms of food and food preparation strategies for deep-space travel. The HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation)...

NASA Looking For Future Mars Mission Ideas
2012-04-16 09:14:41

NASA, reeling from budget cuts to its space program, is planning its next Mars mission and wants help from scientists and engineers around the world to make it a reality, according to recent reports. The research into a new Mars venture is being taken on by NASA´s Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG), with the goal of finding a relatively low-cost way to send a robotic mission to Mars by 2020, and a possible human mission in the 2030s. But a 21 percent budget cut to planetary science...

Russia Now Blames Cosmic Radiation For Failed Mars Mission
2012-02-01 05:52:10

Russian space agency Roscosmos announced on Tuesday the initial results of an investigation into its failed Mars mission, blaming cosmic radiation for a computer glitch that ultimately doomed the Phobos-Grunt spacecraft, Moscow's first deep space mission in twenty years. "The most likely reason in the commission's opinion is the local influence of heavy charged particles from outer space on the onboard computer system," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin...

US Institute Wraps Up Mars500 Data Collection
2011-11-09 04:55:03

For the past 17 months, researchers with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) collected data to evaluate the impact of prolonged operational confinement on the sleep, performance, and mood of six crew members during a Mars mission simulation in Moscow. The 520-day simulation, which concluded Nov. 4, was conducted by the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation — Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. As the only U.S....

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2010-11-09 12:40:00

About eight months before the NASA rover Curiosity touches down on Mars in August 2012, the mission's science measurements will begin much closer to Earth. The Mars Science Laboratory mission's Radiation Assessment Detector, or RAD, will monitor naturally occurring radiation that can be unhealthful if absorbed by living organisms. It will do so on the surface of Mars, where there has never before been such an instrument, as well as during the trip between Mars and Earth. RAD's measurements on...

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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