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NASA on Monday announced funding for 30 new space projects under the agencyâ€™s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected 30 proposals for funding under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC, program.
NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p, EDT on Monday, Aug 8, to announce the proposals selected for study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC, program.
MIT engineers and scientist colleagues have a new vision for the future of Mars exploration: a swarm of probes, each the size of a baseball, spreading out across the planet in every direction.
For the past several years, NASA has been encouraging scientists and engineers to think outside the box, to come up with ideas just this side of science fiction. Their hope is that some of these ideas will pan out, and provide the agency with technologies it can use 20, 30, or 40 years down the road.
Anxiety can be a good thing. It alerts you that something may be wrong, that danger may be close. It helps initiate signals that get you ready to act. Plants don't get anxious in the same way that humans do. But they do suffer from stress, and they deal with it in much the same way. This could be a problem for plants on Mars.
When it comes to taking the next "giant leap" in space exploration, NASA is thinking small -- really small. In laboratories around the country, NASA is supporting the burgeoning science of nanotechnology. The science of nanotechnology could lead to radical improvements for space exploration.
Take the cold tolerance of bacteria that thrive in arctic ice, add the ultraviolet resistance of tomato plants growing high in the Andes mountains, and combine with an ordinary plant. What do you get? A tough plant "pioneer" that can grow in Martian soil.
"Are we there yet?" Everyone has faced this exasperating question from impatient companions on a long road trip. Imagine if the trip lasted six months. One way. However, future astronauts may race to Mars up to six times faster by riding a beam of electrified and magnetized gas (plasma).
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