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Will Space Travel Break Our Hearts?
Topic: Moon to Mars
04/10/11
Summary: Astronauts on missions to the Moon and Mars will face many challenges to their health. New research shows that cosmic radiation experienced beyond the safety of Earth's magnetic field could damage arteries in our hearts, putting astronauts at risk on long-duration missions.

Keeping Astronauts Safe from Meteroids
Topic: Moon to Mars
04/01/11
Summary: Every day, about 100 tons of meteoroids bombard the Earth's atmosphere. These tiny particles can cause serious damage to spacecraft and astronauts alike. So how do we ensure the safety of space explorers and the important scientific experiments in orbit around our planet?

Spacebound Bacteria Inspire Earthbound Remedies
Topic: Moon to Mars
03/22/11
Summary: By studying the effects of spaceflight on a bacterium from Earth, scientists are gaining a better understanding of how infectious disease occurs in space. The research could improve the health of patients here on Earth as well as astronauts.

A New View of the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
03/16/11
Summary: NASA has released the final set of data from the exploration phase of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter along with the first measurements from its new life as a science satellite. The data includes striking images and maps that will help scientists study our nearest celestial neighbor.

Radiation No Concern for Space Crops?
Topic: Moon to Mars
03/03/11
Summary: Flax seeds can grow in radioactive soil near the contaminated site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident without much change to their proteins, experiments show. This study may point the way to growing crops in space, on the Moon, or on Mars.

The Moon's Metallic Water
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/25/11
Summary: Even though our moon has suffered intense bombardment from asteroids and powerful radiation from the Sun, significant deposits of water remain in deep polar craters. New data from the LCROSS spacecraft has improved our understanding of this unique lunar resource and has identified other elements that are present in lunar ice.

The Great Moonbuggy Race
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/24/11
Summary: Forty years after the first lunar rover rolled across the Moon, NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race is challenging future engineers to demonstrate the same ingenuity. Technologies such as this could prove essential for future human explorers on the Moon and beyond.

Walking on 'Mars'
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/19/11
Summary: 'Astronauts' aboard a simulated mission to Mars have made their first steps on the surface of 'Mars.' The Mars500 project is helping scientists understand the difficulties of designing a human Mars mission. Many astrobiologists hope that human explorers on the surface of Mars will one day aid in the search for life on the red planet.

Apollo's Lost Voyagers
Topic: Moon to Mars
02/16/11
Summary: Apollo 14 not only brought astronauts to the moon, but also a collection seeds. Astrobiologists were not sure if the seeds would germinate after orbiting the Moon 34 times, but they did. 'Moon trees' have been planted across the US and one researcher is now trying to locate them all.

The Moon's Earth-Like Core
Topic: Moon to Mars
01/09/11
Summary: By re-examining Apollo-era data using state-of-the-art seismological techniques, researchers have determined that our moon has a core similar to the Earth. The findings could help astrobiologists better understand how rocky bodies form and evolve.

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