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Upcoming event with Michael Foale

“An Evening with Michael Foale” is coming to Aylesbury. Hear from British-American NASA astronaunt, Michael Foale.

Michael has flown six space missions, spent time on both the MIR and ISS spacestations, helped fix the Hubble Space Telescope and spent more than a year in space.

The event takes place at Aylesbury Vale Academy on the 7th of May, 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets will be available on the door at £10.

Full address:

Paradise Orchard,
HP18 0WS

Detoxifying more Martian water

Recent discoveries on Mars by Mars Express show that some of the water ice may extend as deep at 3700 meters below the surface. This is much higher than previously detected.

But perhaps more importantly, a new method to detoxify the Martian water has just been selected by NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program.


A Merry Christmas to Beagle 2’s 20th Anniversary

It’s exactly 20 years since Beagle 2 touched down on Mars.

Built in Milton Keynes, UK, on a tiny budget, and flown to Mars attached to the side of ESA’s Mars Express. It was due to land on Mars on Christmas Day in 2003…


CHASM Wiki release event

Today another goal was reached for CHASM. They released the new Wiki at a workshop at the British Interplanetary Society (BIS). This new wiki will be the place for international Analogue experts to collaborate.


Mars in Ultraviolet by MAVEN

NASA’s MAVEN orbiter has taken several views of Mars in the ultraviolet light (which is light beyond what our eyes can see). Doing this can reveal new features or systems taking place on the planet.

The images were taken at different times in Mars orbit. Here we present the images next to generated images of Mars for easy comparison.


NASA Mars analog crew sealed in for a year

NASA’s year long Mars analog has just begun with the sealing in of its four crew members. The habitat for the Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog (CHAPEA) will not be reopened – assuming all goes well – until July 2024.


Twenty Years around Mars

It’s twenty years since the launch of Mars Express and later this year it will also complete twenty years of orbiting Mars – it continues to be one of the most successful orbiters ever.


UK Space Agency: Funding for Mars Research

If you’re a current researcher looking for opportunities to work on Planetary Science you can apply for funding through the UK Space Agencies and help explore Mars!


Airbus LOOP and Super-heavies

LOOP is a new space station concept from Airbus. It is designed to be multi-purpose so could be used in orbit around the Earth or the Moon, or even on long-term journeys to Mars.

It has an eight meter diameter and three floors, meaning it will fit perfectly in one of the super-heavy launch vehicles such as SpaceX’s Super-Heavy (which just had its first successful test launch this week – congratulations!). It would launch in its complete form, so as soon as it is in space it is capable of supporting astronauts.


The upcoming and the previous CHASM workshops

It is now only two weeks to the next CHASM workshop, but there’s still time to buy tickets. It takes place with Astrolands, an analogue habitat in Northern Spain situated deep in a cave system! Check it out:

But this post is about a visit to the analogue habitat during the previous CHASM workshop, LunAres in Poland. (You can also learn more about the workshop part here).


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Upcoming events

An Evening with astronaut Michael Foale!
7 May, Aylesbury.

Stay tuned for details on our next CHASM conference in 2024.

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