Data from NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has revealed the speed at which solar winds are stripping away the Martian atmosphere. NASA scientists believe the process likely played a key role in helping Mars transition from an early, warm and wet environment to the cold, arid planet Mars is today. Continue reading MAVEN Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere
Earth is heavy, and we don’t just mean in the “Back to the Future” sense. It makes it hard to escape from the surface. Escaping Earth is part of what makes space travel so expensive; every pound costs thousands upon thousands of dollars to just heft off the ground. Continue reading Could a Moon Fuel Stop Make Mars Missions Cheaper?
In the just-released blockbuster movie “The Martian”, Matt Damon’s character is left stranded on Mars, and struggling to remain alive. So he would have been happy to hear about a recent design competition that saw teams around the world submit designs for astronaut housing in space. Continue reading Life on Mars? Israelis Design 3D-Printed Space Home For NASA
This view of Mars from the Hubble Space Telescope’s new Advanced Camera for Surveys provides the sharpest view of the red planet attainable by the Earth-oribiting observatory. The picture was taken August 24, when Mars was approximately 34.7 million miles (or 55.8 million kilometres) from Earth. Continue reading Hubble’s Sharpest View of Mars
IN light of NASA’s recent evidence that liquid water flows on present-day Mars, the release of sci-fi film The Martian could not have come at a better time.
When astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is left behind on Mars without enough air, water or food to survive, his solution is to “science the s**t” out of it…” but what would you really need to do to survive on the Red Planet? Continue reading What it would take for Life on Mars