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Send Your Name to Mars

Send NASA your name and it will be included with others on a microchip on the Mars Science Laboratory rover heading to Mars in 2011!

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Posted: October 29th, 2010
at 7:28am by Koookiecrumbles


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A One-Way Human Mission to Mars

A human mission to Mars is technologically feasible, but hugely expensive requiring enormous financial and political commitments. A creative solution to this dilemma would be a one-way human mission to Mars in place of the manned return mission that remains stuck on the drawing board. Our proposal would cut the costs several fold but ensure at the same time a continuous commitment to the exploration of Mars in particular and space in general. It would also obviate the need for years of rehabilitation for returning astronauts, which would not be an issue if the astronauts were to remain in the low-gravity environment of Mars. We envision that Mars exploration would begin and proceed for a long time on the basis of outbound journeys only. A mission to Mars could use some of the hardware that has been developed for the Moon program. One approach could be to send four astronauts initially, two on each of two space craft, each with a lander and sufficient supplies, to stake a single outpost on Mars. A one-way human mission to Mars would not be a fixed duration project as in the Apollo program, but the first step in establishing a permanent human presence on the planet. The astronauts would be re-supplied on a periodic basis from Earth with basic necessities, but otherwise would be expected to become increasingly proficient at harvesting and utilizing resources available on Mars. Eventually the outpost would reach self-sufficiency, and then it could serve as a hub for a greatly expanded colonization program. There are many reasons why a human colony on Mars is a desirable goal, scientifically and politically. The strategy of one-way missions brings this goal within technological and financial feasibility. Nevertheless, to attain it would require not only major international cooperation, but a return to the exploration spirit and risk-taking ethos of the great period of Earth exploration, from Columbus to Amundsen, but which has nowadays being replaced with a culture of safety and political correctness.

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Posted: October 22nd, 2010
at 10:51am by Koookiecrumbles


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Eskimo Nebula

The breathtakingly beautiful Eskimo Nebula is an intricate structure of shells and streamers of gas around a dying Sun-like star 5000 light-years away. The disc of material is embellished with a ring of comet-shaped objects, their tails streaming away from the central, dying star. The planetary nebula began to form about 10 000 years ago, when the dying star started to expel an intense ‘wind’ of high-speed material out into space. A Credits: NASA, ESA, Andrew Fruchter (STScI), and the ERO team (STScI + ST-ECF)

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Posted: October 1st, 2010
at 3:10pm by Koookiecrumbles


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China Launches Moon mission

A Long March 3C rocket with the Chang’e-2 probe took off from Xichang launch centre at about 1100 GMT. AThe rocket will shoot the craft into the trans-lunar orbit, after which the satellite is expected to reach the Moon in about five days. AChang’e-2 will be used to test key technologies and collect data for future landings. A The latest launch, to test key technologies and gather data, is China’s second lunar mission China says it will send a rover on its next mission, and it also has ambitions to put humans on the surface of the lunar body at some future date. AThe Xinhua News Agency said Chang’e-2 would circle just 15km (nine miles) above the rocky terrain in order to take photographs of possible landing locations. AIt is China’s second lunar probe - the first was launched in 2007. The craft stayed in space for 16 months before being intentionally crashed on to the Moon’s surface.

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Posted: October 1st, 2010
at 3:08pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Homemade Spacecraft

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Posted: October 1st, 2010
at 3:04pm by Koookiecrumbles


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