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Food Crops for a Red Planet?

Vegetables for a Red Planet? That is the prognosis of a study by plant ecologist Wieger Wamelink of Wageningen UR – a university and research center in The Netherlands that focuses specifically on the theme “healthy food and living environment.” The soil on Mars may be suitable for cultivating food crops, Wamelink reports, and he [...]

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FY-Eye! Impressive Satellite View of U.S. Land-Surface

The most comprehensive satellite-gleaned view of land-surface conditions from coast to coast in the conterminous United States is an eye-opener! Just issued by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), this latest look-see shows land-surface conditions from coast to coast, showing the extent of land cover types from forests to urban areas. The National Land Cover Database [...]

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Attention: Passengers of Planet Earth – Your Selfie Wanted!

Want to take part in a worldwide celebration of this year’s Earth Day? NASA is inviting all passengers on our planet to take part in a “Global Selfie” event. For Earth Day – celebrated on April 22 – NASA is trying to create an image of Earth from the ground up while also fostering a [...]

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NASA’s Strategic Plan 2014 Released

NASA has released its 2014 Strategic Plan, with the space agency’s Office of Strategy Formulation identified as the responsible office. “Our long-term goal is to send humans to Mars. Over the next two decades, we will develop and demonstrate the technologies and capabilities needed to send humans to explore the red planet and safely return [...]

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Space Microbe “Selfies” Set to Fly

Citizen science is blazing a trail into Earth orbit. Onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon capsule soon to be headed for the International Space Station (ISS) are microbes collected from across the United States. The effort is known as Project MERCCURI. It investigates how microbes from different places on Earth compare to each other and to [...]

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