Frost found atop giant Mars volcanoes

Paris (AFP) June 10, 2024

Early morning frost has been detected on the peaks of massive volcanoes on Mars, an unexpected discovery about the dispersal of water on Mars that could one day prove essential for human exploration, scientists said.

The early morning frost was spotted in images taken by the European Space Agency’s Trace Gas Orbiter, according to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Monday.

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Mars’ tallest volcanoes found with frost

Paris, France (SPX) Jun 10, 2024

Water frost has been detected on Mars’ colossal volcanoes, marking the first observation of this phenomenon on the largest mountains in the Solar System. The international team, led by the University of Bern, utilized high-resolution color images from the Bernese Mars camera, CaSSIS, onboard the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. Understanding water distribution and transport is

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European Group Gets 15M Euros for Inflatable Heat Shield

Madrid, Spain (SPX) Jun 10, 2024

A European consortium, led by Spanish mission and system integrator Elecnor Deimos (“Deimos”), is working to develop an inflatable heat shield (IHS) for recovering rocket stages from space. This system could also protect cargo during re-entry and may be used for Mars missions.

ICARUS (“Inflatable Concept Aeroshell for the Recovery of a re-Usable launcher Stage”) has received euro 10 milli

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Mystery of Martian Polar Ice Flow Solved

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 07, 2024

Mars’ polar ice caps, initially identified in the 19th Century, have puzzled researchers due to their apparent lack of movement. Observations from Mariner 9 in 1971 sparked a decades-long debate about whether these ice caps were flowing. While Earth-like polar ice flow was expected, no clear evidence of movement has been found. A new study led by Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Isaa

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NASA aims for quicker, reasonable investment Mars sample return mission

Space Coast FL (SPX) Jun 05, 2024

NASA officials want a new Mars sample return mission plan that is faster, costs less and isn’t as complex than one scrapped in April.

The space agency doesn’t want to wait until 2040 and spend $11 billion to return core samples being collected on Mars, which the recently scrapped plan would have required.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson in April canceled the lengthy mission plan, saying he

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Subsurface Ice on Mars Crucial for Future Habitats on Other Planets

West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jun 04, 2024

To survive on other planets, water is, of course, critical. We need it to drink, sustain crops and even create rocket fuel.

But on spaceflights, checked luggage is exorbitantly expensive. Anything heavy, especially liquids like water, is bulky and costly to haul by rocket, even to our closest interplanetary neighbors. The best plan, then, is to find water at the spacecraft’s destination.

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Martian meteorites reveal Red Planet structure

Los Angeles CA (SPX) Jun 01, 2024

Mars has a distinct structure in its mantle and crust, with identifiable reservoirs, as revealed by meteorites analyzed by scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and their colleagues.

Meteorites formed around 1.3 billion years ago and ejected from Mars have been collected by scientists from Antarctica and Africa over recent decades. Scripps Oceanography geologist

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South Korea aims Mars mission with new space centre

Seoul (AFP) May 30, 2024

South Korea aims to make a Mars landing by 2045, President Yoon Suk Yeol said Thursday, outlining plans to spend about $70 billion over the coming decades on space exploration.

The newly created Korea Aerospace Administration (KASA) will lead the drive to make the land of K-pop a new space powerhouse, following the United States, Russia and China.

“I have always believed that there is an

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Astrobotic conducting NASA JPL Mars mission studies

Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 21, 2024

Astrobotic has been selected by NASA’s Mars Exploration Program for two studies of commercial services aimed at supporting cost-effective, frequent missions to Mars. The studies will explore commercial payload delivery and surface imaging services to enable future scientific missions to the Red Planet.

The two studies will focus on large payload delivery and hosting services, and Mars surf

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Redwire spearheads NASA Mars imaging study

Los Angeles CA (SPX) May 22, 2024

Redwire Corporation (NYSE: RDW), a leader in space infrastructure, has been awarded a NASA/JPL contract to study a Redwire-led commercial Mars spacecraft. The project will use Redwire’s spacecraft technology to provide surface imagery for industry and government customers, potentially supporting future Mars exploration missions.

“This presents an exciting opportunity to advance scientific

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