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NASA Not going to Mars

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The National Research Council has reviewed NASA's plans to explore Mars and concluded it won't work.


From the Washington Post:


"The report makes a case for sending astronauts back to the moon. That had been a key element of NASA’s strategy under President George W. Bush. But President Obama and his advisers explicitly opposed another moon landing (“I just have to say pretty bluntly here: We’ve been there before,” Obama said in a speech on space policy in 2010)."


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Unfavorable Weather Delays Test of NASA "Flying Saucer."

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For the "RealScience" file:  NASA has had to scrub a test launch of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator due to weather conditions at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawai'i.  The system will send a saucer-shaped landing unit up on a balloon, then deploy a rocket to raise it to where Earth's atmosphere approximates that of Mars, in order to test whether the new braking syatem will work for vehicles bringing multiple-ton payloads to Mars.


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Earthrise, from Apollo VIII

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Here's an absolutely gorgeous and moving video recreating the capturing of the iconic earthrise image taken by the astronauts aboard Apollo 8, 45 years ago.  According to the chatter recorded in the capsule, they very nearly didn't get the picture.  It was literally a lucky shot, and you can share in their excitement as they frantically fumble around for some color film for the camera as the capsule rotates above the lunar surface.



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Apollo 11

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This weekend marks the 44th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, America's greatest achievement...well, next to, y'know, the whole democracy thing, and the winning World War II thing, and stuff.  Still, to date, of the twelve men who walked on the moon, all of them were Americans.

 

So Saturday night, go outside and gaze up at the moon, and try to imagine what life would be like today, if Apollo 11 hadn't been the beginning of the end of America's manned lunar missions.

 

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REAL SCIENCE: Happy Anniversary, Opportunity!

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Back in 2003, NASA sent two robotic rovers to Mars to analyze the soil and look for signs of life.  The mission was supposed to last only three months.

 

It's been ten years, and one of the rovers, Opportunity, is still going strong.

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REAL SCIENCE: Aloha Mars!

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A couple of months ago, we posted an article about a contest to select a team of "gastronauts" to spend a few months cooped up in a habitat on the Big Island of Hawaii, trying out sample menus for a prospective trip to Mars.

Well, here's an update on how that's working out:

http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/24/18475167-aloha-mars-what-w...

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REAL SCIENCE: Magnetic Portals

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A staple plot device of science fiction stories is the "wormhole," a spatio-temporal anomaly which permits faster-than-light travel between two points by bridging the gap between them via hyperspace or some supradimensional astral plane.

Apparently, they may not be entirely fictional. Elusive, mysterious, and transient, yes, but a NASA program is going to try to find what they call X-points or electron diffision regions which open up from time to time where the solar wind meets the Earth's magnetosphere.

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