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Book Review: Why Mars – NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration

Why Mars – NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration by W. Henry Lambright; Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland; $49.95 (hardcover); 2014. Wondering when humans will set boot on Mars? Author W. Henry Lambright has written an absorbing and detailed look at the long trail of robotic Mars exploration program from its origins to [...]

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MIT’s BioSuit: Well Suited for Space

It’s a tight fit – but if you’re sauntering around on Mars that’s a fashion statement. Space designers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are stitching together plans for shrink-wrapping spacesuits. So much so that spacesuits of the future may resemble a streamlined second skin. The MIT BioSuit is a skintight spacesuit that offers [...]

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Glug, Glug, Bubble, Bubble: Diving into Outer Space

It’s called a “science splashdown.” The undersea environment is the closest analogue on Earth to a gravity-weak environment like that of asteroids, the moons of Mars or Mars itself. Therefore, other than being in outer space, going to inner-space is the best place to test relevant exploration concepts. The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, known [...]

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Extraterrestrial Cooking 101: Moon, Mars Space Galley Tested

Don’t tell anybody. There may be a secret sauce to cooking in space. Cornell researchers have taken to the air to better understand the effectiveness of a specially constructed space galley – one designed to be used on the Moon as well as Mars. Making use of the microgravity-producing “G-Force 1” space simulator plane the [...]

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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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