Mars Missions In Summer Slow Lane

US and European efforts to send joint missions to Mars in 2016 and 2018 are slowed by an inability on the part of the Americans to provide a full financial commitment to the projects.

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    NASA has ruled out nuclear power for the next Discovery mission, which will be selected this summer and launch ... production gets off to a slow start, any new plutonium-238 helps and “is going to have an immediate effect on missions,” for the better ...
    03/11/2015 - 3:49 am | View Link
  • NASA exploring inflatable spacecraft designs for future Mars missions
    "In a real spacecraft, a connected stack of donut rings would be inflated before entering a planet's atmosphere to slow the vehicle for landing," NASA explained in a blog update last summer ... with inflatables would save missions from carrying extra ...
    01/5/2015 - 9:11 am | View Link
  • Introduction to Astronaut Bioethics
    You could suffocate or be stranded on the moon—a slow death. You could be a child born in space ... be critical to account for mental health and resiliency on long missions. An astronaut who suffers a major depressive episode or a psychotic break ...
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  • Mars Facts, information, pictures | ...
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    09/3/2015 - 6:50 pm | View Website
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    09/3/2015 - 6:33 am | View Website
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Home
    Managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology, JPL is the leading U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system.
    09/3/2015 - 6:19 am | View Website
  • Overview
    With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet.
    09/2/2015 - 4:26 am | View Website
  • Mars' Calendar | The Planetary Society
    Mars' Calendar. Time on Mars is easily divided into days based on its rotation rate and years based on its orbit. Sols, or Martian solar days, are only 39 minutes and ...
    09/1/2015 - 7:14 pm | View Website
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