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  • How Safe is Travel to Mars?
    A "worst-case" analysis shows that during a trip to and from Mars, astronauts would be exposed to levels of deadly radiation that are considered unacceptable by today´s standards. The danger arises from galactic cosmic radiation and the rare but dangerous storms of protons from the
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  • Mars: Time for a New Chronology?
    Mars Express has provided the most detailed map to date of Mars´ mineralogy and has answered some longstanding questions. Based on this new information, a group of European scientists has proposed new names for the planet´s geologic eras. But not everyone agrees with the need
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  • ESA's Astrolab Mission: Making Space a Safer Place
    European astronaut Thomas Reiter recently began Europe´s first long-duration human mission on the International Space Station. Over a period of several months, Reiter will conduct experiments to assess the effect on the human body of long-term exposure to the high-radiation and microgravity environment of space.
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  • ESA’s Astrolab Mission: Making Space a Safer Place
    European astronaut Thomas Reiter recently began Europe´s first long-duration human mission on the International Space Station. Over a period of several months, Reiter will conduct experiments to assess the effect on the human body of long-term exposure to the high-radiation and microgravity environment of space.
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  • Saturn's Methane Moon
    Scientists knew Saturn's giant moon Titan would be interesting, perhaps containing organic compounds that are the building blocks of life. But the discovery of methane lakes and a "methanosphere" raises a question: is a frozen moon orbiting a giant gas planet Earth's closest analog in
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  • Saturn’s Methane Moon
    Scientists knew Saturn's giant moon Titan would be interesting, perhaps containing organic compounds that are the building blocks of life. But the discovery of methane lakes and a "methanosphere" raises a question: is a frozen moon orbiting a giant gas planet Earth's closest analog in
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  • Linking the Earth to the Moon
    Apollo turned our distant moon into the very edge of the human frontier, and rocks collected during that mission helped reveal the moon's evolutionary history. In this essay, Bernard Foing describes current scientific research that continues to teach us about the history of the
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  • Arctic, Antarctic, Mars
    When scientists examined a meteorite from Mars under a microscope, they discovered tiny mineral spheres that, some argued, were produced by living organisms. Now, researchers working in the high Arctic have found similar mineral features, produced not by microbes, but by a volcano.
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  • The Nordic Invasion
    In early May, scientists met in Stockholm, Sweden for the first Nordic Astrobiology conference. This overview provides a look at some of the conference presentations, which dealt with the origin and distribution of life in the universe.
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  • Europeans psych themselves up for a trip to Mars
    The European Space Agency doesn´t have any concrete plans to send humans to Mars, but they´ve already begun making preparations for the trip. A small Italian-French crew is currently spending a year in a remote Antarctic research station, to learn how to handle the individual
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