WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has established a Mars Sample Return Program Independent Review Board to proactively assist with analysis of current plans and goals for one of the most difficult missions humanity has ever undertaken: the return of samples from another planet to study on Earth.
WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — With 2020 more than half way through, NASA is gearing up for a busy rest of the year and 2021.
Following the recent successful launch of a Mars rover and safely bringing home astronauts from low-Earth orbit aboard a new commercial spacecraft, NASA is looking forward to more exploration firsts now through 2021.
Cosmos magazine takes a look at what humans might drive around on the surface of Mars one day. Writer Michael Dumiak examines the MarsCruiserOne, a three- to four-person rover designed by Architecture and Vision of Munich.
The article contains some very cool illustrations of the rover, which was designed by German Andreas Vogler and his Rome-based partner Arturo Vittori, whose brother Roberto is an ESA astronaut.
“I’m worried about it tipping over,” says JPL’s Brent Sherwood, who is editing a collection of space design concepts. “But it is very cool â€“ one of the more advanced designs I’ve seen.”
Bad Astronomy is hosting the Carnival of Space, a regular collection of space-related articles. The 44th edition features just about everything you might want to know about the future of human exploration of Mars. Articles include:
Stuart Atkinson writes about the Red Planet’s changing landscape Ian Oâ€™Neill discusses an early-warning system for solar flares to protect Martian colonists Colony Worlds has a piece on radiation hazards on other planets Ethan Siegel tells you why Mars colonists may go thirsty Nancy Atkinson discusses one-way, one-person trip to the Red Planet Next Big Future has a piece on how future explorers might travel to Mars using carbon nanotubes solar sails Mars Odyssey reviews how ISS experience could help us build a Martian spaceship And who will be first to Mars? Might it be an Indian or South Korean? Or a woman?
Check out these stories and more from the Carnival of Space at the Bad Astronomy site.