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Book Review: Mars Up Close – Inside the Curiosity Mission

Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission by Marc Kaufman; National Geographic Books, Wash., D.C.; $40.00 (hardcover); August 2014. This is an absolutely stunning book. After this read, and soaking in the lavishly dazzling presentation, you’ll get to know the fourth planet as never before … and why this world is a place that is [...]

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Apollo 11 Moon Landing: 21st Century Slooh Salute!

Since 2003, Slooh has connected telescopes to the Internet for access by the broader public. Slooh’s automated observatories develop celestial images in real-time for broadcast to the Internet. Now the new news! Slooh will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing  with a high-definition lunar broadcast on Sunday, July 20th  starting at 5:30 [...]

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Habitable Planets: Rack ‘em and Stack ‘em Worlds

So close, yet so far…Gliese 832 c is the nearest best habitable world candidate to date. An international team of astronomers, led by Robert Wittenmyer from the University of New South Wales, Australia, have reported the discovery of a new potentially habitable Super-Earth around the nearby red-dwarf star Gliese 832 – a mere hop, skip [...]

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Mars Rover: Dealing with Wheel Wear and Tear

Engineers on Earth are trying to get a little traction about wheels on Mars. NASA’s Curiosity rover is showing wheel “wear and tear” that engineers did not expect this early into the mission. Getting to Mount Sharp is a priority, but the robot has had to adjust its driving to compensate for the wheel damage. [...]

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The Ultimate “Take-out” Menu! Food for the First Mars Expedition

Question: How do you feed a six-person crew on a three-year mission to Mars? Answer: It’s not easy! That point was underscored during a June 23 panel discussion on living and working in extreme conditions at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo held this week in New Orleans. A [...]

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