Successful Orion Test Brings NASA Closer to Moon, Mars Missions

From NASA July 2, 2019 RELEASE 19-054 Ascent Abort-2 successfully launched at 7 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Credits: NASA NASA successfully demonstrated Tuesday the Orion spacecraft’s launch abort system can outrun a speeding rocket and pull astronauts to safety during an emergency during launch.…

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Jezero Crater, Mars 2020’s Landing Site

From NASA May 28, 2019 NASA’s Mars 2020 will land in Jezero Crater, pictured here. The image was taken by instruments on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which regularly takes images of potential landing sites for future missions. On ancient Mars, water carved channels and transported sediments to form fans and deltas within lake basins. Examination…

UTSA tapped by NASA to help build homes on the moon and Mars

University of Texas at San Antonio (San Antonio, Apr. 10, 2019) — The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been tapped by The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to join a team that will build homes for human habitation on the moon and Mars. As exploration missions beyond Earth become more ambitious,…

NASA to Test Fission Power for Future Mars Colony

By Irene Klotz, Space.com Contributor, Original Story on Space.com Here An artist’s impression of a nuclear power system, consisting of four separate fission reactors, for Mars habitats. Credit: NASA/Kilopower As NASA makes plans to one day send humans to Mars, one of the key technical gaps the agency is working to fill is how to…

One mystery of the Martian atmosphere solved

From the University of Michigan How Mars’ atmosphere got so thin: New insights from Curiosity ANN ARBOR—New findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover provide clues to how Mars lost its original atmosphere, which scientists believe was much thicker than the one left today. “The beauty of these measurements lies in the fact that these are the…

More evidence of past water on Mars – an old streambed

From NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, some exciting news of the “picture is worth a thousand words” variety – NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed on Martian Surface PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence…

NASA's 7 minutes of terror tonight – more than a curiosity

UPDATE: Touchdown confirmed! Congratulations NASA JPL! First image received. See below. ======================================== I thought I”d take a minute to advise you that some real science and engineering that will be see from NASA tonight rather than the politically motivated science from scientist turned arrested activist Dr. James Hansen in the latest NASA GISS claim distributed…

Friday Funny – The Sceptic Isle

Josh writes: With a certain amount of hysteria and hand wringing over the latest Heartland ads I thought a more pastoral cartoon might be a good idea. I will update the cartoon if people suggest improvements but my aim is to express where we are in the debate over Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming – I…