Posts Tagged ‘Mars’

Martian Water

July 26, 2018

Martian Water

There’s a 12-mile-wide lake of liquid water a mile beneath the southern ice cap of Mars. The discovery was made using the Marsis radar instrument on board the European Space Agency’s Mars Express, which has been orbiting the red planet for 15 years. Thirsty astronauts shouldn’t expect instant refreshment, though. The lake is filled with salt water.

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“Mars: huge underground lake raises prospects of life on planet, astronomers say,” Ian Sample, The Guardian

“A 12-mile-wide body of water lies beneath a Mars ice cap,” Carolyn Y. Johnson, Washington Post

“Scientists detect giant underground aquifer on Mars, raising hope of life on the planet,” Loren Grush, The Verge

“Liquid water ‘lake’ revealed on Mars,” Mary Halton, BBC News

“Deep within Mars, Liquid Water Offers Hope for Life,” Lee Billings, Scientific American

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Flying Over Mars

April 13, 2018

Jan Fröjdman used real images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to create this rendering of a Red Planet flyover.

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Water. Not Just For Earthlings Anymore.

February 9, 2018

Water. Not Just For Earthlings Anymore.

With the help of HiRISE, a powerful camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists have found vast quantities subsurface ice reserves that astronauts could mine for drinking, growing crops, or converting into hydrogen for fuel.

“The deposits begin at depths as shallow as one meter and extend upwards of 100 meters into the planet. The researchers don’t estimate the quantity of ice present, but they do note that the amount of ice near the surface is likely more extensive than the few locations where it’s exposed. And what’s more, the ice looks pretty damn pure.”

— “Scientists Discover Clean Water Ice Just Below Mars’ Surface,” Robbie Gonzalez, Wired

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on Mars

December 2, 2017

“Oswald the Lucky Rabbit on Mars,” 1930, directed by Walter Lantz and Bill Nolan. The animation team included Fred “Tex” Avery.

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Flying to Mars? Not So Fast.

November 28, 2016

Brian Resnick, Brad Plumer, Javier Zarracina, and Christophe Haubursin of Vox explain how a trip to Mars can kill you. On the other hand, think of the frequent flyer miles ….

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Congress Versus Mars!

February 11, 2016

Congress Versus Mars!

The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology thinks NASA’s Journey to Mars initiative is lost in Space. “This is a misguided mission without a mission, without a launch date and without ties to exploration goals. It’s just a time-wasting distraction,” said committee chair Rep. Lamar Smith (R, TX-21) in hearings last week.

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“Congressional committee says NASA’s Mars mission is in critical need of a plan,” Loren Grush, The Verge

“Congress Scolds NASA, Underscoring How Far We Are From Mars,” Dianna Wray, Houston Press

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India Reaches Mars

September 24, 2014

India Reaches Mars

India’s Mars Orbital Mission (MOM), the unmanned probe also known as Mangalyaan, launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5th, and went into orbit around Mars last night. India’s project cost under $80.3 million, lots less than NASA’s $455 million Maven Mars probe.

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India Goes to Mars!

December 2, 2013

India Goes to Mars!

India’s Mars Orbital Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, has left Earth orbit en route to the Red Planet. The unmanned probe, launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5th and is scheduled to reach and orbit Mars in September, according to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). India’s project cost $80.3 million, less than a sixth of NASA’s $455 million Mars probe. You can follow India’s Mars mission on Twitter: @Mangalyaan1

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Rover Lands on Mars, Discovers Ample Parking

August 6, 2012

Rover Lands on Mars, Discovers Ample Parking

NASA’s Curiosity Rover vehicle made a successful landing on the surface of Mars yesterday and immediately found a parking space. Preliminary data from the rover suggest an abundance of parking places on the surface of the Red Planet. Scientists at California’s Jet Propulsion Lab are already calculating the feasibility of bringing the parking spaces back to Earth and installing them in major metropolitan areas. Savings in parking fines alone would recoup the cost of the Mars mission ten-fold.

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Pizza for Mars!

July 20, 2012

Pizza for Mars!

Ever since aerospace expert George W. Bush decreed that the U.S. must voyage to Mars, there’s something everyone wants to know: What are Mars colonists gonna eat? Now NASA and Lockheed Martin have an answer: Pizza. Vegan pizza.

Domino’s won’t deliver pies beyond the Moon, so Mars colonists will grow their own veggies and bake their own pizza. Houston, we have a menu. Now all we need is a long-range rocket and billions to pay for it, a way for astronauts to survive a long radiation-fraught journey, and a place for colonists to live while tending and watering their Martian greenhouse.

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