Moon to Mars

  • Hemorrhaging from the Fingertips
    In this multipart lecture series, noted author Dr. Andrew Chaikin takes his unique historical perspective on the question of 'Can Humans Get to Mars?' This first installment introduces the twin problems of heavy-lift and human survival.
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  • Moon Meteor Truly Extraterrestrial
    When the Apollo moon rocks were analyzed back on Earth, there was a difference in their composition compared to what was predicted by remote sensing. A theory about space weathering was proposed thirty years ago to account for the observed differences.
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  • Red Planet in Sensaround
    An experience that few can imagine sampling is in some ways the simplest: to breathe deeply on another planet or moon. So what does Mars offer today to the sensory connoisseur?
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  • Roam in a Day
    Four prominent scientists are represented on the new Presidential commission chartered to study how best to plan a moon to Mars initiative. The commissioners repeated a need for crafting sustained efforts, while also considering an off-charter topic of how to sustain interest in space astronomy.
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  • Best Laid Plans, Men and Machines
    John Logsdon recently served on the Columbia Accident Investigation Board for NASA, and continues to shape views of both space history and tomorrow's policy. Astrobiology Magazine had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Logsdon about exploration initiatives.
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  • George W. Bush: Triad of Exploration Goals
    The Presidential NASA address outlined broad plans for three exploration goals: finish the space station, a new shuttle by 2014, and a return to the moon.
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  • Lunar Dust Bowl
    Radar data taken with the world's largest radio telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, shows that the lunar poles likely lack ice in shadowed craters, a finding that contradicts the earlier results from the Defense Department's Clementine satellite.
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  • Red Moon Rising
    Tonight's lunar eclipse presents a blood-red hue of scattered light from the Earth against the grey pallette of our Moon's reflective crust.
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  • Flying Humans: Interview with David Glover
    Prototype gliders for long-distance flying on Mars have reached their testing phase. A seasoned soaring guide and former President of the US Hang Gliding Association, David Glover, talks about the challenges of soaring on Earth and potentially elsewhere.
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  • Ion Drive to the Moon
    A new mission to survey the moon, called SMART-1, will also demonstrate a number of technologies for efficient space travel, including solar and ion propulsion. The probe launched flawlessly on September 27, and is currently on course for its lunar rendezvous.
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  • SMART-1: Chips Off the Terrestrial Block
    The first European lunar probe, called SMART-1, is scheduled to launch toward the moon in the next few weeks. Its primary goal will test theories of how the moon formed and evolved, along with any potential polar water-ice history.
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  • Earth Without Life?
    The Mars Express spacecraft snapped a new panorama of the Earth and Moon in silhouette against a dark sky. The views back at our own planet reveal a blue dot, rich with oceans and clouds, but how does our planet's chemistry hold up for comparison
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  • Lunar Eclipse’s Totality
    The first lunar eclipse visible in some parts of the US in over three years, Thursday night's reddening of the familiar grey moon promises a memorable show.
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  • Alien Weather
    Mars Odyssey scientists are prospecting the Red Planet for future explorers. The evidence of polar ice and dissolved potassium from rocks, together continues to build the case for glacial martian history, but its intense radiation would challenge unprotected life.
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  • Treasures from the Lunar Attic
    Computer simulations of what part of Earth, Mars and Venus might be found on the moon point to new methods for extraterrestrial sample return.
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