Curiosity rover decides—by itself—what to investigate on Mars

Curiosity rover decides—by itself—what to investigate on Mars

Curiosity rover decides—by itself—what to investigate on Mars NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012, in part to analyze rocks to see whether the Red Planet was ever habitable (or inhabited). But now the robot has gone off script, picking out its own targets for analysis—precisely as planned. Directing a robot’s every move from another planet isn’t easy. Communication with programmers can be delayed by hours, thanks to issues with bandwidth and the alignment of relay satellites and antennas. So Curiosity was programmed to fill communications gaps by aiming…

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Cosmic rays may double cancer risks for astronauts travelling to Mars

Cosmic rays may double cancer risks for astronauts travelling to Mars

Cosmic rays may double cancer risks for astronauts travelling to Mars Conventional risk models used by NASA and others assume DNA damage and mutation are the cause of radiation cancers. (Image for representation, Source: Pixabay) Astronauts travelling to Mars or other deep space missions may be at a two-fold higher risk of developing cancer than previously assumed, due to exposure to cosmic rays outside the protection of Earth’s magnetic field, a new study warns. Astronauts travelling to Mars or other deep space missions may be at a two-fold higher risk of…

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NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter  Prepares :NASA’s extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19.Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet — less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than one-tenth the distance of any known comet flyby of Earth. Siding Spring’s nucleus will come closest…

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Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis

Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis

Impact crater linked to Martian tsunamis Scientists have located an impact crater linked to powerful tsunamis that swept across part of ancient Mars. The team believe an asteroid triggered 150m-high waves when it plunged into an ocean thought to have existed on northern Mars three billion years ago. Lomonosov crater in the planet’s northern plains fits the bill as the source of tsunami deposits identified on the surface. Details were outlined at the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Although the idea has lost some of its currency in recent…

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LIFE ON MARS?: Alien snapped ‘peering out of cave on Red Planet’ in NASA photograph

LIFE ON MARS?: Alien snapped 'peering out of cave on Red Planet' in NASA photograph

LIFE ON MARS?: Alien snapped ‘peering out of cave on Red Planet’ in NASA photograph WITH its timid expression, could this really be the face of a nervous but quizzical Martian peering out of a cave as the NASA Curiosity Rover drives by? NASA*UFOSD Peek-a-boo: Is this an alien on Mars? One veteran UFO chaser and his army of online followers think so. The emergence of the grainy image of the “alien face” poking out of a small rock opening has sparked a fierce online debate over what it could…

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Crab-like ‘alien facehugger’ in a cave is spotted on Mars in latest bizarre claim by conspiracy theorists

Crab-like 'alien facehugger' in a cave is spotted on Mars in latest bizarre claim by conspiracy theorists

Crab-like ‘alien facehugger’ in a cave is spotted on Mars in latest bizarre claim by conspiracy theorists From ancient pyramids to military bunkers, there’s not much conspiracy theorists haven’t seen on Mars. Now, in their latest bizarre sighting, alien hunters say they have spotted a mysterious ‘facehugger crab’ on the red planet. Since the image was uploaded on Facebook, a number of people have said it looks like the facehugger monster shown in the 1979 film, Alien.  From ancient pyramids to military bunkers, there’s not much conspiracy theorists haven’t seen…

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Space experts say sending humans to Mars worth the risk

Space experts say sending humans to Mars worth the riskSimulated image of Mars

Space experts say sending humans to Mars worth the risk There’s a long-standing joke that NASA is always 20 years from putting astronauts on Mars. Mission details shared at a recent summit shows that the space agency is right on schedule. A to-do list from 2015 looks remarkably similar to one compiled in 1990. One difference: NASA is now building a rocket and test-driving technologies needed to get a crew to Mars. But the specifics for the longest road trip in history — and what astronauts will do once they…

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Fungus Growth on the ISS Gives Hope for Life on Mars

Fungus Growth on the ISS Gives Hope for Life on MarsAstronaut on a spacewalk at the ISS

Fungus Growth on the ISS Gives Hope for Life on Mars Fungus : Experiments in space under Mars-like conditions have led to the discovery of the extreme resiliency of some Earth-bound organisms and the potential they may have for finding life on Mars. The search for life on Mars is getting some help from a seemingly unlikely source — fungi from around the world. After European scientists sent Antarctic fungi and lichens (composite plants made of fungi and an algae that grow in crust-like formations on rocks) to the International…

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