Mars

Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

While NASA has been carrying out some extensive missions on Mars, looking for evidence of water and signs that the planet could have supported life, it has been required to follow strict requirements to prevent contamination. The idea behind this is that the introduction of microbes from Earth could harm the Martian planet, something researchers have spoken out against today.

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NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA's Curiosity rover has sent more than a few pictures of the Red Planet back to its Earth-bound audience, a great deal of which have been made freely available for the public to view on the space agency's website. The latest image to be made public, however, stands out from the rest due to its sheer size: a huge 1.3 billion pixels. Such a resolution was achieved by stitching together hundreds of frames.

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NASA Opportunity rover finds sign of past non-acidic water on Mars

NASA Opportunity rover finds sign of past non-acidic water on Mars

The hunt for evidence of water on Mars that could support life has been a long and exciting one (depending on your definition of exciting). While there is evidence abound of water that used to be on the Martian planet, it has been of the highly acidic variety, which is not conducive to life. Now, however, NASA has discovered evidence of non-acidic water in Mars' past, a finding made by the rover Opportunity.

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NASA to use sensor-based badge to monitor Mars astronauts’ mental state

NASA to use sensor-based badge to monitor Mars astronauts’ mental state

We've written about the Mars One project extensively, a plan to select, train, and send astronauts to Mars, where they will live out the rest of their lives. Other future projects won't necessarily involve a permanent life on Mars, but all will require a substantial number of years, and as such will require a very stable psychological state to handle. For its part, NASA is looking into monitoring the psychological state of its astronauts with a sensor-based "badge."

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