Latest Red Planet Stories

2010-06-22 07:00:00

A team of University of Alberta engineering students has proven themselves other-worldly with their winning design for a machine meant to work on Mars. After sweeping the U of A's mechanical engineering student design awards, the four-member team took the National Design Excellence title this month with a robotic drill for taking core samples of the red planet. "Winning the nationals in Victoria was our goal from the start," said team member Nicolas Olmedo. "We asked our...

2010-05-19 06:55:00

Six men are about to embark on a 520-day simulated journey to the Red Planet in a sealed-off module that will test how long it takes for isolation to affect humans. The six men, three Russians, an Italian-Colombian, a Frenchman and a Chinese man, will be locked up in a set of cramped compartments for the record-breaking Mars500 simulated flight that will last until November 2011. The men who enlisted in the project called themselves "trailblazers" Tuesday, saying they were ready to face the...

2009-03-30 10:55:00

A simulated manned mission to Mars, scheduled to start on Tuesday, will see six European and Russian volunteers locked up in a capsule in Moscow for over three months to simulate the conditions of a trip to the Red Planet, the AFP reported. The crew will spend 105 days at the facility until their "mission" ends, allowing scientists to assess the psychological effects of long duration space flight. The scientific experiment will show the impact of prolonged isolation on stress, hormones,...

2007-06-20 00:30:00

ESA is preparing for future human exploration missions to Mars. We are currently looking for volunteers to take part in a 520-day simulated Mars mission. To go to Mars is still a dream and one of the last gigantic challenges. But one day some of us will be on precisely that journey to the Red Planet. A journey with no way out once the spaceship is on a direct path to Mars.  Challenges These men and women will have to take care of themselves for almost two years during the roundtrip....

2007-04-13 06:00:00

By Elizabeth Ahlin RED OAK, Iowa -- The specter of the Red Planet descends today on Red Oak Middle School. The school's sixth-grade students have been busily erecting Marsville, a colony they designed to be habitable by humans in the harsh environment of Mars. For one day, Marsville will be the home of 125 students as they demonstrate their knowledge of the planet. One of the things they know is that it gets chilly on Mars -- chillier, even, than western Iowa this April. "It's really...

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