NASA announced Tuesday that its new crew exploration vehicle will be named Orion.
Orion is the vehicle NASAs Constellation Program is developing to carry a new generation of explorers back to the moon and later to Mars. Orion will succeed the space shuttle as NASA’s primary vehicle for human space exploration.
Orion’s first flight with astronauts onboard is planned for no later than 2014 to the International Space Station. Its first flight to the moon is planned for no later than 2020. ..
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from PhysOrg China and Russia to launch joint mission to Mars China and Russia are planning a joint mission to Mars that will bring back samples to earth and land on one of the red planet’s tiny moons, state media quoted a Chinese scientist as saying Wednesday. Ye Peijian, of the Chinese Research Institute of […]
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“To put a human colony of four or five scientists on the moon for any extended period of time, it’s necessary to figure out how to produce the oxygen and water and propellant that might be required for simple life support, largely because it’s too darned expensive to get it all the way from Earth and stockpile it there,” says Dale Boucher, director of research and development at the Sudbury-based Northern Centre for Advanced Technology…
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from washingtonpost.com U.S. Planning Base on Moon To Prepare for Trip to Mars For the first time since 1972, the United States is planning to fly to the moon, but instead of a quick, Apollo-like visit, astronauts intend to build a permanent base and live there while they prepare what may be the most ambitious […]
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Water ice was expected in the polar caps, since they represent the largest known reservoirs of water on Mars. Estimates suggest that if they melted, they would cover the planet in a layer of water up to 33 metres deep.
But as it scanned the region around the south pole, MARSIS also turned up an unexpected ice source. It lies near the southern polar cap and is underneath a region of Martian surface that shows no visible signs of ice. The radar signals reveal what appear to be relatively thin layers of underground water ice layers that may contain water of a equivalent to half of that locked up in the entire southern polar cap.
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New Scientist Breaking News – Radar reveals ice deep below Martian surface … Ice bowl Johnson and colleagues have now revealed subsurface measurements of two regions in the planet’s northern hemisphere the mid-latitude lowlands called Chryse Planitia and the northern polar cap. They believe a 250-kilometre-wide circular structure that lies between 1.5 and 2.5 […]
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