Posts Tagged ‘Mars’

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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