” The countdown has commenced and the excitement is building for India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) – which will conduct a detailed study of the Martian atmosphere and is the nation’s first ever mission to the Red Planet.”
” The 56 hour 30 min countdown started at 6:06 a.m. IST today (Nov. 3), according to an official statement from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) leading to liftoff on Tuesday, Nov 5, from a seaside launch pad in Srihanikota, India.”
” MOM is the first of two new Mars orbiter science probes from Earth set to blast off for the Red Planet this November. Half a globe away, NASA’s MAVEN orbiter remains on target to launch barely two weeks after MOM on Nov. 18 – from the Florida Space Coast.”
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Curiosity Rover Report (Sept. 19, 2013): Leave the Driving to Autonav
Published on Sep 19, 2013
” As NASA’s Curiosity heads to Mount Sharp, the rover is using autonomous navigation to pick the best route.”
Researchers are reportedly developing a snake-like robot that could be paired up with a rover to help future explorers investigate regions that are typically inaccessible. NASA’s Curiosity and Opportunity rovers have had great success helping scientists gather more data about Mars, but clunky wheels prevent the Martian vehicles from exploring nooks and crannies that may hide secrets about the Red Planet’s past. A more versatile snake robot could be the key in attempting to go where no rover has gone before.
“One option is to make the robot into one of the vehicle’s arms, with the ability to disconnect and reconnect itself, so that it can be lowered to the ground, where it can crawl about independently.” “
Curiosity Rover Report (08.22.13): The Odometer Keeps Turning
” Since MAC started to review the new IMI Tavor, he has been searching for the perfect optic for the Israeli bullpup. It just so happens that I have a Meprolight MOR on T&E from The Mako Group, the official importer of all the Meprolight optics for the North American market and the optic of choice by IDF Special Forces.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were one of the first militaries to understand the importance of an optic equipped rifle for every infantryman. The standard reflex sight of the IDF is the Meprolight M21, but a select few in each unit are issued a specialized reflex sight with a built-in laser designator. The first in this new class of sights was the MARS (Multi-purpose Aiming Reflex Sight). The MARS integrated an AA battery-powered red reflex sight, dual laser designators and a tethered pressure switch for activation in a single unit.”
” Is that a rat on Mars?
A photo from the mast camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals the dusty orange, rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet — and what starry-eyed enthusiasts claim is a dusty orange rodent hiding among the stones.
The photo, taken Sept. 28, 2012, depicts the “Rocknest” site, where NASA’s rover took a scoopful of sand, tasted it, and determined it was full of weathered basaltic materials — not unlike Hawaii, the space agency’s scientists said last year.
The “creature” was identified on the UFO Sightings Daily website, where its finder, ScottCWaring, held tight to his opinion: That’s one darn cute rodent on Mars.”
- After Gorilla, NASA’s Curiosity rover finds ‘rat on Mars’ – Daily News & Analysis (dnaindia.com)
- ‘Mars rat’ spied by NASA’s Curiosity rover (foxnews.com)
- ‘Mars rat’ spied by NASA’s Curiosity rover (aworldchaos.wordpress.com)
- ‘Mars rat’ spied by NASA’s Curiosity rover (2012indyinfo.com)
- Rat-Like Anomaly Spotted on Mars by Curiosity Rover (techeblog.com)
” Venus and Jupiter are both now visible after sunset. Venus is buried in deep twilight in mid-May but will become more visible as the month passes. Later in May, the planet Mercury will climb up out of the glare of sunset, to appear low in the west at dusk. In the last week of May, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury will form a spectacular planetary trio. Meanwhile, Saturn – shines noticeably bright in the May 2013 evening sky all month long. And Mars is officially in the morning sky in May 2013, but not visible, having passed behind the sun from Earth last month.”
” Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky this month, will be joined by tiny Mercury for a rare celestial show this weekend.
Typically, Venus, the second-closest planet to the sun, and Jupiter, which orbits beyond Mars, are tens of millions of miles apart. But they have been cycling together while moving ever closer to each other this month, joined by the innermost planet Mercury.
The celestial show peaks on Sunday when the trio will appear as a bright triangle of light in the western sky beginning about 30 minutes after sunset.
Triple conjunctions are relatively rare, according to NASA. The last one was in May 2011 and the next one will not occur until October 2015.”
” Almost 80,000 people have applied to take part in a one-way mission to Mars, each of them completing a rigorous application that stresses the need for a “Can Do!” attitude, asks individuals about their sense of humour and requires the submission of an application fee that can be as much as $75.
Mars One, the Dutch company behind the proposed mission, says it has received applications from more than 120 countries. It also says that the role of Mars explorer/guinea pig is “the most desired job in history”. More than 17,000 of the applicants are from the US – the most of any country so far.
“These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants,” said the founder of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp. “Mars One is a mission representing all humanity and its true spirit will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented. I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening.” “
” COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — They’ll be crammed into a space the size of an RV for more than a year, breathing recycled air, subsisting on dehydrated food and drinking their purified urine. If they die, they’ll be freeze-dried in a body bag. And if they survive, they’ll have to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at a screaming 8.8 miles (14.2 kilometers) per second.
But the applications are already rolling in for the first manned mission to Mars, the project team said Thursday (April 11).
Speaking at the National Space Symposium here, members of the Inspiration Mars Foundationdescribed the challenges inherent in launching two humans on a 501-day flyby journey to the Red Planet and back in January 2018, but remained optimistic that those challenges aren’t insurmountable.
“So far, we haven’t come up with any show-stoppers, so that’s exciting,” said Jane Poynter, president of the Paragon Space Development Corp., which has partnered with Inspiration Mars.
The goal is to send two people (a man and a woman, possibly a married couple) on a 501-day there-and-back flyby around Mars in January 2018. The positions of Earth and Mars are then ideal for such a quick trip; the next such opportunity won’t come around until 2031.
The goal of the mission is to inspire the public — and Congress — to recommit to long-distance space travel, Tito said at the National Space Symposium.”
” It wasn’t quite the jubilation we saw this summer when NASA landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars, but scientists behind the GRAIL mission congratulated each other on a job well done this afternoon after the two orbiters successfully smashed into the moon. Afterward, project head Maria Zuber said NASA plans to name the impact site after the late Sally Ride. Her sister, Karen “Bear” Ride, said now “there’s a little corner of the moon that’s named for Sally. As for GRAIL, Zuber says the orbiters Ebb and Flow “have removed the viel from the moon,” and their data will inform research into the history of our natural satellite for years to come. “
- NASA names moon crash site in honor of Sally Ride (kfwbam.com)
- GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride (spaceref.com)
- | NASA X-rays the Moon + gets a Theory of Life on Mars! (truthaholics.wordpress.com)
- Moon probes to be ‘blown apart’ in Monday mountain crash (lightyears.blogs.cnn.com)
- Nasa to crash two spacecraft into the moon (guardian.co.uk)
” The Curiosity rover has detected organic compounds on Mars, NASA scientists announced at a press conference today. But the source of these carbon-containing molecules, which are essential to sustaining life, is still up in the air. Using Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments, researchers found traces of water, sulfur, and small amounts of organics in the form chlorine-containing compounds, though the researchers were quick to point out that they’re still trying to determine the source of the organics—they could very well could be from residual earth contaminants, the scientists warned. “[SAM] has made this detection of simple, organic compounds; we just don’t know if they’re indigenous to Mars or not,” said project scientist John Grotzinger. “
- Curiosity Rover Finds Organic Signal on Mars, But Not Definitive: NASA (space.com)
- Mars rover finds clues of organic compounds, but scientists caution that research is needed to link them to signs of life past or present (mercurynews.com)
- Mars Curiosity rover finds water, simple carbon compounds – but no organics (sott.net)
- Mars rover detects complex substances (guardian.co.uk)
- WATCH LIVE: NASA Reveals Mars Rover Finding (huffingtonpost.com)
” Unlike the Apollo astronauts’ footprints on the moon, Curiosity’s trails will probably be wiped away by the planet’s frequent wind and sand storms. But there is still something so incredible about these little ephemeral marks we are making on another world. “
- NASA scientists eyeing regional dust storm on Mars (thehindu.com)
- Large Mars Dust Storm is Brewing (news.discovery.com)
- Mars dust storm tracked by NASA (cbc.ca)
- Can Humans Live on Mars ? (universetoday.com)
- Mars might not cook humans in their skins (chron.com)
The report comes by way of the rover’s principal investigator, geologist John Grotzinger of Caltech, who said that Curiosity has uncovered exciting new results from a sample of Martian soil recently scooped up and placed in the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument.
“This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,” Grotzinger told NPR in an segment published Nov. 20. Curiosity’s SAM instrument contains a vast array of tools that can vaporize soil and rocks to analyze them and measure the abundances of certain light elements such as carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen – chemicals typically associated with life. “
- Has Curiosity Made an ‘Earth-Shaking’ Discovery? (universetoday.com)
- ‘Earthshaking’ news coming from NASA on Mars? (chron.com)
- Mars Mystery: Has Curiosity Rover Made Big Discovery? (space.com)
- Mars discovery ‘one for history books’ (msnbc.msn.com)
- NASA admits hiding ‘really good’ news from Martian soil (go.theregister.com)
With NASA’s budget being cut by 20% so Obama can by more votes the future of American space exploration is in doubt .
“Less than two weeks from now, the Mars Science Laboratory will reach the Red Planet. After scientists hold their breath through the sophisticated but terrifying landing procedure , the car-size Curiosity rover should be
in position to explore new regions of our neighboring world. “