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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Building Blocks of Life on Mars

Posted: March 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Building Blocks of Life on Mars

NASANASA scientists reckon rock samples from Mars have shown that the dusty red planet would once have been capable of supporting life. Analysis of Mars rocks by the Curiosity Rover uncovered the building blocks of life – hydrogen, carbon and oxygen – and evidence the planet could once have supported organisms, NASA said.

“A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment,” Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program said. “From what we know now, the answer is yes.”

At a televised press conference, the NASA team said this was the first definitive proof a life-supporting environment had existed beyond Earth. Curiosity, a six-wheeled robot with 10 scientific instruments on board, is the most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to another planet.

The sample was drilled from sedimentary bedrock in an area which previous research had shown to be an ancient river system or lake bed. It was found to contain clay minerals, sulfate minerals and other chemicals :: Read the full article »»»»


Two NASA Probes Crash Land on Lunar Surface

Posted: December 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Two NASA Probes Crash Land on Lunar Surface

Cankler - Two NASA Probes Crash Land on Luna Surface

Two tiny NASA probes have crashed into the Moon after spending months gathering data by orbiting kilometres above the lunar surface, the US space agency said. The site where the probes crashed will be named after astronaut Sally Ride, the first US female in space. The two tiny probes have been dubbed Ebb and Flow :: Read the full article »»»»


Mars, A Little Like Hawaii

Posted: November 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Mars, A Little Like Hawaii

Cankler Science News - NASA - Mars Curiosity, Landscape Like HawaiiNASA’s superneat Mars rover Curiosity has found soil that bears a striking resemblance to volcanic sand in Hawaii. In the first study of the red planet’s soil, Curiosity determined the grains have crystals similar to basaltic soils found in volcanic regions on Earth.

The rover uses an X-ray imager to reveal the atomic structures of crystals in the Martian soil, the first time the technology – x-ray diffraction – has been used to analyse soil beyond our planet.

“The mineralogy of Mars’s soil has been a source of conjecture until now,” Curiosity scientist David Vaniman said, from the Planetary Science Institute.”This interest isn’t just academic,” he added. “Soils on planets’ surfaces are a reflection of surface exposure processes and history, with information on present and past climates.”

The minerals were identified in the first sample of Martian soil ingested recently by the rover. Curiosity used its Chemistry and Mineralogy instrument – CheMin – to obtain the results, which are filling gaps and adding confidence to earlier estimates of the mineralogical makeup of the dust and fine soil widespread on the Red Planet.

NASA plan to use the information about Mars’s minerals to figure out if the planet most like Earth in the solar system could have supported and preserved microbial life :: Read the full article »»»»


DARPA Funds Interstellar Starship

Posted: May 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: DARPA, NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE, STANDOUT | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on DARPA Funds Interstellar Starship

DARPA Funds Interstellar Starship - Enterprise NX01That US behemoth, DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aka the Department of Everything – has teamed up with that other US giant, the fiscally challenged NASA to create a program that would see interstellar travel within the next 100 years. The duo have awarded $US500,00 in seed funding to the Dorothy Jemison Foundation to form the aptly named 100 Year Starship – 100YSS – program.

The initiative will call on expert opinion from a wide range of disciplines, engineers, scientists and artists will contribute to a single shared vision, to develop the capability for mankind to achieve interstellar flight within the next 100 years.

A public symposium will be held this year, in Houston, Texas from September 14 to 16. In what will become an annual event. Has the real world finally caught up with the strangely accurate  transfictontrek world of Gene Roddenberry?   :: Read the full article »»»»


NASA: Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Journey to Smithsonian

Posted: April 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: NASA, National Aeronautics Space Administration, SPACE | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on NASA: Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Journey to Smithsonian

NASA - Shuttle Discovery Makes Final Journey to SmithsonianAfter three decades of space service, NASA’s oldest and most traveled shuttle, Discovery, began its new life as a museum relic with one final takeoff. Discovery departed Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at daybreak Tuesday aboard a modified jumbo jet bound for Washington, where it will become a Smithsonian exhibit.

The space shuttle Discovery has made a dramatic flyover of Washington DC on the way to its final resting place at a museum outside the US capital. Piggybacking aboard a Boeing 747, Discovery soared over the Washington Monument, the White House and the dome of the Capitol, as thousands packing the National Mall to witness the final salute. The shuttle was on its way to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, the nation’s official repository for space artefacts. The United States retired its space shuttles last year after finishing work on the $100 billion International Space Station.

NASA will now begin work on a new generation of spaceships that can carry astronauts to destinations beyond the station’s 384-kilometre-high orbit :: Read the full article »»»»