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MIT-Mars-One
2014-10-14 12:35:26

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An independent evaluation of the Mars One project, a Netherlands-based effort to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet by the year 2025, suggests the project is likely to fail unless new technologies are developed to help keep residents alive. In fact, according to Time.com’s Jeffrey Kluger, the MIT engineers behind the new study report that colonists would begin to die within 68 days of landing on Mars due to a lack of...

MAVEN Mission
2014-09-09 10:50:55

Izumi Hansen and Elizabeth Zubritsky, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center On Sept. 21, 2014, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft will complete roughly 10 months of travel and enter orbit around the Red Planet. The orbit-insertion maneuver will be carried out as the spacecraft approaches Mars, wrapping up an interplanetary journey of 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). Six thruster engines will fire briefly for a “settling” burn that damps out...

NASA Issues RFI For Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites
2014-07-25 03:05:46

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. "We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate at the agency's...

2014-07-23 16:20:53

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO "We are looking to broaden participation in the exploration of Mars to include new models for government and commercial partnerships," said John Grunsfeld, associate...

Researchers Discover New Type Of Dust In Mars' Atmosphere
2014-06-23 13:34:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using ultraviolet and infrared imaging techniques, scientists have discovered that the Martian atmosphere contains particulate matter in two distinct sizes, according to a new report published in the journal Icarus. In the study, a team of Russian and French scientists observed the transition of Mars’ northern hemisphere into summer. During this transitional phase, the Sun’s rays poke through the Martian atmosphere and the...

Comet Siding Spring Won't Disrupt Martian Orbiters As It Makes Close Approach Of The Red Planet
2014-06-20 07:06:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Later this year, comet Siding Spring will have a very close brush with Mars. That brush will be so close, in fact, that it lead scientists to worry about the safety of the three spacecraft currently orbiting the planet. Some experts from the University of Maryland (UMD) have used a satellite mounted telescope to observe the "fresh" comet, however, and they find that it poses minimal danger to the Martian spacecraft. Instead, the...

Despite Inhospitable Temperatures, Mars Lacks Frigid Wind Chills
2014-06-13 13:14:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the average planet-wide temperature on Mars is a frigid -81 degrees F and the lowest winter temperatures can get down to -184 degrees F, the Red Planet is much more hospitable than those temperatures would suggest due to a lack of wind chill, a new study has found. The wind chill temperature on Earth is always colder than the thermometer reading, but on Mars the temperature would feel as much as 200 degrees F hotter than the...

2014-05-19 20:20:09

Lockheed Martin-Built Lander to Study Interior of Mars DENVER, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The team preparing NASA's next Mars lander mission gained a green light today to begin building the spacecraft, which will study how Earthlike planets form. Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] will now begin building the InSight spacecraft. The InSight mission will launch from California in March 2016 and touch down on Mars six months later. The stationary lander's robotic arm will then deploy...

Equipped with New Sensors, Morpheus Lander Preps To Tackle Its Own Landing
2014-04-25 03:46:30

[ Watch The Video: NASA’s Morpheus Lander Completes 8th Free Flight ] Steven Siceloff, NASA A test flight later this week will challenge a set of sensors to map out a 65-yard square of boulder-sized hazards and pick out a safe place to land. Mounted to an uncrewed prototype lander called Morpheus that flies autonomously several hundred feet above the ground, the sensor system will have 10 seconds to do its work: six seconds really, as it will take four seconds to map the area...

2014-03-25 12:21:17

Researchers in Spain have designed a vacuum chamber capable of mimicking conditions on Mars to test gear for use in future missions WASHINGTON, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the "Red Planet." They do it within their Mars environmental simulation chamber, which is specially designed to mimic conditions on the fourth planet from the sun -- right...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin