Articles Tagged: Mars

Yearlong Mock Mars Mission to Test Mental Toll of Isolation

On Friday (Aug. 28), six scientists left the comforts of civilization, set to be gone for an entire year. Their mission will simulate what it might be like for astronauts journeying to Mars. In the confines of a 36-foot-wide (11 meters) and 20-foot-high (6 m) solar-powered dome in a remote location on the island of Hawaii, the six team members will have to live together for 365 days. They will have no face-to-face contact with humans outside of the dome. This is the fourth and longest such mission carried out by the Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program, and its goal is to find out how people will respond to the isolation that might accompany a mission to Mars.

‘The Martian’ Shows 9 Ways NASA Tech Is Headed to Mars

In the sci-fi film “The Martian,” which hits theaters in October, astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) is stranded by himself, and presumed dead, on the Red Planet. But how much of the technology at Watney’s disposal actually exists today, or should exist in the near future? Read on to learn about the tech NASA is developing as part of its effort to put real boots on Mars in the 2030s.

Billionaires Wanted to Fund Private Mars Colony

Could the first Mars colony be called Buffettville, or Zuckerburgh? The Netherlands-based nonprofit Mars One aims to establish a permanent settlement on the Red Planet, beginning with the touchdown of the first four pioneers in 2027. The biggest challenges facing the project are financial rather than technical, so a big donation from a deep-pocketed person concerned about his or her legacy could make a huge difference, Mars One representatives said.

Space probes: sterile launch into outer space

Components used on a space mission must be cleaned meticulously. Fraunhofer researchers designed a cleanroom for the ESA (European Space Agency) in which the most infinitesimal contaminants can be removed. These experts, together with partners, are sterilizing ESA’s “ExoMars” Mars rover, scheduled for launch in 2018.

UAE to join space exploration with Mars mission

The United Arab Emirates will join a select group of nations with technological expertise in space when its probe to Mars will be launched in 2020 and placed in orbit in 2021. In what will be a first for the Arab world, the Emirates Mars Mission will demonstrate technical and intellectual capabilities in space exploration, and provide an entry into the global space industry which sees an annual spending of over $314bn.

Nasa chief technologist: Mars is first step in humanity’s permanent migration into solar system

“Nasa really views our Mars mission as humanity permanently moving out into the solar system – not going to grab a rock, plant a flag and come home. This is to permanently make humanity a multi-planet species.” These words from Nasa’s chief technologist Dr David Miller reflect the agency’s shift in priorities since the Apollo missions: from that of conquering space, to colonising it.

NASA’s Next Mars Lander Begins Tests for 2016 Launch

NASA’s next robotic Mars explorer has been put together and is now undergoing testing ahead of its launch next year.

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