April 1, 2009

Mars mission simulator

Posted in Mars tagged , , , , at 10:17 am by waynezwhirled

Atmosphere of Mars taken from low orbit
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A group is undergoing a long-term isolation test to simulate the group conditions that would be experienced on a Mars mission.

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March 26, 2009

Committee for US Space Leadership

Posted in Mars tagged , , at 8:49 am by waynezwhirled

Some senior leaders have banded together to form the Committe for US Space Leadership.  They are trying to convince the Obama administration that it needs to actively address looming gaps in US space capability that will cause the US to fall behind other countries.

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Spaceflight over the next century

Posted in Mars tagged , , , , at 8:18 am by waynezwhirled

Backdropped by the blackness of space and Eart...
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Some prognostication of spaceflight activity/technology over the next century.

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March 25, 2009

Did you wash your hands?

Posted in Mars tagged , , at 10:17 pm by waynezwhirled

Colour image of Phobos, imaged by the Mars Rec...
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Could there be aliens among us?  The Phobos Life Experiment will provide some information on the types of life that may be able to survive interplanetary transfer.

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Space Studies Board

Posted in Mars tagged , , at 10:07 pm by waynezwhirled

The input cutoff has past (Jan 30), but it will be interesting to see what comes of the Space Studies Board.  They are aggregating input on the civilian space program to propose future policies.

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Vision for Humans in Space

Posted in Mars tagged , , , , , , at 9:54 pm by waynezwhirled

Edward White on a spacewalk during the Gemini ...
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A forward look at the important area of human space exploration.  The “Future of Human Spaceflight” was writtent by a team of scientsts led by MIT researchers.  A full copy of the report is available from MIT.

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Can’t have too many robots.

Posted in Mars, robotics tagged , , , at 9:32 pm by waynezwhirled

Atmosphere of Mars taken from low orbit
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The EU-sponsored I-SWARM project is looking at the possibility of using small robots functioning in a cooperative swarm to provide repair support to Mars missions (as well as others).  The idea is to compensate for harsh conditions with high-redundancy and task distribution.

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Are we there yet?

Posted in Mars, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 9:07 pm by waynezwhirled

Atmosphere of Mars taken from low orbit
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Research to support the important area of manned space flight.  A group is chosen for long-term isolation studies simulating conditions on a Mars excursion.

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