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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...

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...

Mars 2112 And Its UntimelyDemise
2013-02-07 16:12:58

Rayshell Clapper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online If you were going to open a space-themed restaurant, what planet would you choose to focus the place around? Well in 1999, one group thought Mars would be the best space object for a themed restaurant, so they opened Mars 2112. And why not? If Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and a slew of others can write about Mars, why not create a restaurant tourist trap in none other than New York paying homage to Earth´s favorite sister...

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...

Mars in 1980 as seen by the Viking 1 Orbiter
2011-08-29 06:29:30

  A green thumb and a little flair as a gourmet chef may be among the key skills for the first men and women who travel to the Red Planet later this century, according to a scientist who reported Sunday August 28 on preparations for the first manned missions to Mars. Speaking at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Maya R. Cooper said that provisioning the astronauts with food stands as one of the greatest challenges in scripting the...

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2011-03-01 10:48:26

By Diego Urbina, Mars500 Crew Now that the Mars500 crew has been united, when the Marswalkers, 'returned' from the surface of the Red Planet to join the 'orbital' trio, Diego has again had time to send his thoughts. This diary was written on 21 February, before the last egress to the simulated martian surface. The last few weeks have been truly exciting. As you probably know, Wang, Aleksandr and I, transferred to the landing module, have been living in further isolation, in a reduced room...

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2011-02-20 06:25:00

Astronauts participating in a simulated space mission to Mars made a second walk on the imitation surface of the Red Planet in Russia on Friday. The AFP news agency reports that Russian cosmonaut Alexander Smoleyevsky, who made the first maneuver with Italian astronaut Diego Urbina on Monday, was joined by China's Wang Yue for the second of the three planned sorties. The simulated mission carried six volunteers who spent eight months in a space capsule cut off from the rest of the...

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2011-02-11 13:30:00

On Saturday a group of volunteers will reach a stage in their one-and-a-half year experiment to study the effects of a mission to Mars when they "land" on the Red Planet's surface. Three of the six volunteers will "touch down" on Saturday before moving out of their lander for a first "space walk" Monday on the Martian surface. The landing marks the approximate halfway point for the experiment in which participants spend 520 days in isolation from the world to test how humans would respond...

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2011-01-21 11:40:00

The Mars500 mission director said on Friday that six researchers on a 520-day mock flight to Mars are all feeling ready to "land" on the Red Planet after 233 days in a locked steel capsule. The all-male crew of three Russians, a Chinese, a Frenchman and an Italian-Colombian has been inside windowless capsules at a Moscow research center since June.  The crew's mission is to help real space crews in the future cope with the confinement and stress of interplanetary travel. The...

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2010-10-20 08:40:00

Proposal would cut costs dramatically, ensure long-term commitment For the chance to watch the sun rise over Olympus Mons, or maybe take a stroll across the vast plains of the Vastitas Borealis, would you sign on for a one-way flight to Mars? It's a question that gives pause to even Dirk Schulze-Makuch, a Washington State University associate professor, who, with colleague Paul Davies, a physicist and cosmologist from Arizona State University, argues for precisely such a one-way manned...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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