Tag Archives: Mars
The National Academies has just published the interim report, “The Goals, Rationales, and Definition of Planetary Protection.” It makes for really interesting reading. You may find a downloadable copy here.
I am quoted in a recent story, “Americans Will Never Make Mars A Priority. Why Should That Stop Us?” by Rebecca Boyle on the FiveThirtyEight blog on the potential for the human exploration of Mars. You can find this story … Continue reading
Mission to Mars (2000) was far from being a great movie. Parts of it were good, parts of it no so much. A lot of it was alright, but not memorable. It has considerable NASA propaganda in it; one of my … Continue reading
National Geographic is premiering a new documentary/action film about humans going to Mars on the evening of November 14, 2016, 9 pm EST airtime. The information on this series is here. Executive Producer Ron Howard is behind this unique series mixing … Continue reading
Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, and Images Craft Knowledge of Mars. By Janet Vertesi. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Acknowledgments, illustrations, appendices, notes, bibliography, index. 304 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. ISBN-13: 978-0226155968. $33.25 USD. Janet Vertesi, now assistant … Continue reading
The first truly successful landings on Mars took place in 1976 when the Viking mission used two identical spacecraft, each consisting of a lander and an orbiter. Launched on August 20, 1975, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Viking … Continue reading
Join us for a series of presentations at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, Virginia, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Viking landings on Mars. Open to the public Admission is free. In this special Sigma Series … Continue reading
Space Policy and History Forum #19 Astrobiology in Action by Dr. Michael Meyer Lead Scientist for the Mars Exploration Program, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters The idea that a planetary neighbor could have life has invigorated space exploration for … Continue reading
Space food is one of those items that is consistently fascinating. What do astronauts eat, and why. This infographic from Labeley.com has some interesting information. Enjoy.
Although microbial life might survive the extreme conditions of space, for Homo sapien sapiens the space environment remains remarkably dangerous to life. One space life scientist, Vadim Rygalov, remarked that ensuring human life during spaceflight was largely about providing the … Continue reading