Mars

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.

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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!

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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.

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Rolls Royce teasers its space generator

The well known British company Rolls Royce started studying nuclear power specifically for space exploration in 2021. It has just recently tweeted a teaser of a its new micro-reactor.

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Happy New (Mars and Earth) year!

Earth and Mars Orbit

It’s the year 2023 on Earth (by the Gregorian calendar). And it’s the year 37 on Mars (by a NASA calendar). Earth’s New year will start on the 1st of January, the new Martian year started on the 26th of December.

How is that possible?

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The Passing of the Queen

The Queen has passed and our thoughts go out to the Royal Family and all those mourning her loss.

Her Majesty has been the head of the United Kingdom longer than the space age, becoming Queen seven years before the first satellite “Sputnik” was launched in 1959.

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