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Newswise: Take a guided ‘tour’ of SuperCam on the new Mars rover
Released: 6-Aug-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Take a guided ‘tour’ of SuperCam on the new Mars rover
Los Alamos National Laboratory

NASA’s new Perseverance rover, which just started its seven-month journey to Mars, carries on board what is likely the most versatile instrument ever created to understand the planet’s past habitability: SuperCam—and a new podcast will tell listeners all about it.

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 6:50 PM EDT
Was there life on Mars? New podcast explores instruments aboard Mars rover
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Could Jezero Crater hold the keys to unlocking an ancient and hidden past when life might have existed on the Martian surface?

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Released: 29-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
ORNL-produced plutonium-238 to help power Perseverance on Mars
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Mars 2020 will be the first NASA mission that uses ORNL-produced plutonium-238, the first U.S.-produced Pu-238 in three decades. ORNL's Pu-238 will help power Perseverance across the Red Planet's surface.

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Released: 27-Jul-2020 2:40 PM EDT
FSU expert available for context on NASA Perseverance mission
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: July 27, 2020 | 2:27 pm | SHARE: This summer, NASA’s Perseverance rover mission will begin its exploration of Mars, gathering valuable data that will help scientists understand our neighboring planet.Once on Mars, the rover will search for signs of ancient microscopic life and collect data about the planet’s geology and climate.

Newswise: New Mars rover tool will zap rocks to investigate planet’s past habitability
Released: 27-Jul-2020 1:05 PM EDT
New Mars rover tool will zap rocks to investigate planet’s past habitability
Los Alamos National Laboratory

When NASA’s Perseverance rover launches from Florida on its way to Mars, it will carry aboard what is likely the most versatile instrument ever made to better understand the Red Planet’s past habitability.

Newswise: Tracking space enterprises will change accounting, UAH professor says
Released: 27-Jul-2020 10:20 AM EDT
Tracking space enterprises will change accounting, UAH professor says
University of Alabama Huntsville

Emerging space businesses will drive new innovations in the accounting needed to provide an accurate picture of operations, says an associate professor of accounting at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) who has written a paper examining commerce in space.

Newswise: Mission to Mars: @UNLV Scientist Gives Insider Glimpse at NASA's 2020 Rover Mission
Released: 6-Jul-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Mission to Mars: @UNLV Scientist Gives Insider Glimpse at NASA's 2020 Rover Mission
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

Silver, bug-eyed extraterrestrials zooming across the cosmos in bullet-speed spaceships. Green, oval-faced creatures hiding out in a secret fortress at Nevada’s Area 51 base. Cartoonish, throaty-voiced relatives of Marvin the Martian who don armor and Spartan-style helmets. We humans are fascinated with the possibility of life on the Red Planet.

Newswise: The Magnetic History of Ice
Released: 30-Jun-2020 3:45 PM EDT
The Magnetic History of Ice
Weizmann Institute of Science

The Weizmann Institute's Prof. Oded Aharonson found that ancient ice holds magnetic particles. The finding could shed greater light on the Earth’s magnetic field reversals, supplement magnetic field data from rocks and sediment, and identify field reversals on other bodies in our Solar System, such as Mars.

Released: 15-Jun-2020 10:40 AM EDT
Electrically charged dust storms drive Martian chlorine cycle
Washington University in St. Louis

This paper — from the group that previously examined Martian dust storms — shifts focus to the electrochemical processes resulting from dust storms that may power the movement of chlorine, which is ongoing on Mars today. The research was published May 28 in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.

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Released: 11-May-2020 4:05 PM EDT
SwRI scientist modeled Mars climate to understand habitability
Southwest Research Institute

A Southwest Research Institute scientist modeled the atmosphere of Mars to help determine that salty pockets of water present on the Red Planet are likely not habitable by life as we know it on Earth.

Newswise: ASGC cube satellite would explore
using lunar soil as human radiation shield
6-May-2020 3:45 PM EDT
ASGC cube satellite would explore using lunar soil as human radiation shield
University of Alabama Huntsville

Science aboard an Alabama Space Grant Consortium (ASGC) student-led cube satellite mission called AEGIS could be valuable to developing future human outposts on the moon and in space travel to Mars if NASA gives the go-ahead for a 2022 flight.

Newswise: Life on the Rocks Helps Scientists Understand How to Survive in Extreme Environments
4-May-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Life on the Rocks Helps Scientists Understand How to Survive in Extreme Environments
Johns Hopkins University

By studying how the tiniest organisms in the Atacama Desert of Chile, one of the driest places on Earth, extract water from rocks, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University, University of California, Irvine, and U.C. Riverside revealed how, against all odds, life can exist in extreme environments.

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Released: 29-Apr-2020 2:15 PM EDT
4-billion-year-old nitrogen-containing organic molecules discovered in Martian meteorites
Tokyo Institute of Technology

A research team including research scientist Atsuko Kobayashi from the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan and research scientist Mizuho Koike from the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, have found nitrogen-bearing organic material in carbonate minerals in a Martian meteorite.

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Released: 2-Apr-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Discovery of life in solid rock deep beneath sea may inspire new search for life on Mars
University of Tokyo

Newly discovered single-celled creatures living deep beneath the seafloor have given researchers clues about how they might find life on Mars. These bacteria were discovered living in tiny cracks inside volcanic rocks after researchers persisted over a decade of trial and error to find a new way to examine the rocks.

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Released: 31-Mar-2020 1:50 PM EDT
On Mars or Earth, biohybrid can turn carbon dioxide into new products
University of California, Berkeley

If humans ever hope to colonize Mars, the settlers will need to manufacture on-planet a huge range of organic compounds, from fuels to drugs, that are too expensive to ship from Earth.

Released: 5-Mar-2020 1:25 PM EST
Study: Organic molecules discovered by Curiosity Rover consistent with early life on Mars
Washington State University

Organic compounds called thiophenes are found on Earth in coal, crude oil and oddly enough, in white truffles, the mushroom beloved by epicureans and wild pigs.

Released: 24-Feb-2020 4:50 PM EST
InSight detects gravity waves, devilish dust on Mars
Cornell University

More than a year after NASA’s Mars InSight lander touched down in a pebble-filled crater on the Martian equator, the rusty red planet is now serving up its meteorological secrets: gravity waves, surface swirling “dust devils,” and the steady, low rumble of infrasound, Cornell and other researchers have found.

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Released: 24-Feb-2020 3:50 PM EST
The seismicity of Mars
ETH Zürich

On 26 November 2018, the NASA InSight lander successfully set down on Mars in the Elysium Planitia region.

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Released: 21-Jan-2020 1:40 PM EST
Mars' water was mineral-rich and salty
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Presently, Earth is the only known location where life exists in the Universe. This year the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to three astronomers who proved, almost 20 years ago, that planets are common around stars beyond the solar system.

Newswise: One step closer to living on Mars: NAU scientists contribute to NASA’s 'treasure map' of widespread water ice near planet’s surface
Released: 11-Dec-2019 11:25 AM EST
One step closer to living on Mars: NAU scientists contribute to NASA’s 'treasure map' of widespread water ice near planet’s surface
Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University professor Christopher Edwards and postdoc Jennifer Buz are co-authors of a study published this week in Geophysical Research Letters that mapped several locations on Mars at high and mid-latitudes where water ice exists at a depth as little as an inch below the planet’s surface.

Newswise: Six Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows
25-Nov-2019 8:00 PM EST
Six Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Six scientists from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Newswise: UAH modeling the spacecraft for
NASA’s nuclear thermal propulsion idea
Released: 13-Nov-2019 11:20 AM EST
UAH modeling the spacecraft for NASA’s nuclear thermal propulsion idea
University of Alabama Huntsville

NASA has a research grant with The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) to model how a spacecraft might be engineered to work with nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP), en route to an eventual test flight.

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Released: 12-Nov-2019 12:05 PM EST
At future Mars landing spot, scientists spy mineral that could preserve signs of past life
Brown University

Next year, NASA plans to launch a new Mars rover to search for signs of ancient life on the Red Planet.

Newswise: On a mission to Mars
Released: 28-Oct-2019 9:40 AM EDT
On a mission to Mars
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Geologist Kathy Benison has been selected for NASA's Mars 2020 team.

Newswise: Space Hardware Contamination Control Protocols Get Update
15-Oct-2019 3:20 PM EDT
Space Hardware Contamination Control Protocols Get Update
AVS: Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing

Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab want to know more about the potential harmful effects of organic contamination on space exploration hardware and how to prevent it. They will talk about their research at the 66th annual AVS International Symposium and Exhibition. JPL scientist Martin Maxwell will present a session on how increased sensitivity of instruments and missions calls for an update in outdated contamination procedures.

Newswise: Are We Alone in the Universe? Rutgers Professor Explores Possibility of Life on Mars and Beyond
Released: 15-Oct-2019 9:45 AM EDT
Are We Alone in the Universe? Rutgers Professor Explores Possibility of Life on Mars and Beyond
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

People have spent centuries wondering whether life exists beyond Earth, but only recently have scientists developed the tools to find out.

Newswise: Ancient oasis once existed on Mars
Released: 7-Oct-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Ancient oasis once existed on Mars
Los Alamos National Laboratory

The surface of Mars was once home to shallow, salty ponds that went through episodes of overflow and drying, according to a paper published today in Nature Geoscience.

Newswise: Four Latin American countries represented in UND’s latest Inflatable Mars/Lunar Habitat mission
Released: 6-Oct-2019 6:05 PM EDT
Four Latin American countries represented in UND’s latest Inflatable Mars/Lunar Habitat mission
University of North Dakota

The first international mission in the University of North Dakota’s Inflatable Mars/Lunar Habitat (IMLH) was launched Wednesday afternoon when four students from Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Peru entered the facility to spend two weeks running experiments to help NASA with exploring the moon and Mars.

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Released: 24-Sep-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Getting mac and cheese to Mars
Washington State University

Washington State University scientists have developed a way to triple the shelf life of ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese, a development that could have benefits for everything from space travel to military use.

Released: 12-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Methane not released by wind on Mars, experts find
Newcastle University

Wind erosion has been ruled out as the primary cause of methane gas release on Mars, Newcastle University academics have shown.

Released: 18-Jul-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Drinking Red Wine on the Red Planet
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

BIDMC researchers report that a daily moderate dose of resveratrol significantly preserved muscle function and mitigated muscle atrophy in an animal model mimicking Mars’ partial gravity. Novel model innovated by BIDMC researchers will help scientists fill in the blanks about the little understood physiological consequences of partial gravity.

Newswise: What Will It Take to Live on the Moon?
Released: 11-Jul-2019 6:00 AM EDT
What Will It Take to Live on the Moon?
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

With NASA planning to revisit the lunar surface by 2024 and send multiple expeditions by 2028, Rutgers University’s Haym Benaroya is optimistic that people will someday live on the moon. Benaroya, a distinguished professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has spent most of his career focusing on lunar settlement and space exploration issues.

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Released: 10-Jul-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Moon landing’s legacy: a better life on Earth
University of Georgia

As the world prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20, 2019, UGA Today talked with Ben Davis, a professor of mechanical engineering at UGA, about the wide-ranging benefits of this technological triumph. Before coming to UGA, Davis was a propulsion vibrations analyst at NASA.

Newswise: Moon Landing 50 Years Later: Texas A&M Space Expert Discusses Its Importance
Released: 2-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Moon Landing 50 Years Later: Texas A&M Space Expert Discusses Its Importance
Texas A&M University

Texas A&M astronomer and physics expert Nick Suntzeff has been involved with space research for almost 30 years, and spent 20 years as an astronomer in Chile, where he helped co-discover dark energy. He offers his thoughts about the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and what’s ahead for the U.S. space program.

Newswise: On Mars, sands shift to a different drum
Released: 27-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT
On Mars, sands shift to a different drum
University of Arizona

Wind has shaped the face of Mars for millennia, but its exact role in piling up sand dunes, carving out rocky escarpments or filling impact craters has eluded scientists until now.

Newswise: Four scientists at PPPL awarded national and international honors
Released: 21-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Four scientists at PPPL awarded national and international honors
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Feature profiles four PPPL scientists who have received high honors.

Newswise: Sedimentary, dear Johnson: Is NASA looking at the wrong rocks for clues to Martian life?
Released: 17-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Sedimentary, dear Johnson: Is NASA looking at the wrong rocks for clues to Martian life?
Frontiers

In 2020, NASA and European-Russian missions will look for evidence of past life on Mars.

Newswise: Comfortably to Simulated Mars
Released: 7-May-2019 7:05 AM EDT
Comfortably to Simulated Mars
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

In cooperation with Empa, the Austrian Space Forum (ÖFW) is developing the "Serenity" space suit - a prototype for a Mars suit. The two partners have now signed a cooperation agreement to work even more closely together on the development of the prototype. The cooperation focuses on optimising the wearing comfort and heat regulation system of "Serenity" based on body models developed at Empa.

Newswise: Florida Tech to Host Space Technology Day May 23
Released: 19-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Florida Tech to Host Space Technology Day May 23
Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

The Florida Tech Office of Research in collaboration with NASA will host Space Technology Day on the university’s Melbourne campus Thursday, May 23. This free, daylong event will bring together professors, students, engineers, technologists and business leaders from around Florida to engage on NASA’s current and future space technology activities and the agency’s plans for exploring the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Newswise: New SmartSuit promises a better fit for astronauts
Released: 17-Apr-2019 10:05 AM EDT
New SmartSuit promises a better fit for astronauts
Texas A&M University

A new intelligent hybrid SmartSuit design proposed by Dr. Ana Diaz Artiles from Texas A&M University has the potential to solve some of the current design and health risks associated with the current spacesuit worn by astronauts.

Newswise: New Evidence of Deep Groundwater on Mars
Released: 29-Mar-2019 3:55 PM EDT
New Evidence of Deep Groundwater on Mars
University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering

Researchers at the USC Arid Climate and Water Research Center (AWARE) have published a study that suggests deep groundwater could still be active on Mars and could originate surface streams in some near-equatorial areas on Mars. The researchers at USC have determined that groundwater likely exists in a broader geographical area than just the poles of Mars and that there is an active system, as deep as 750 meters, from which groundwater comes to the surface through cracks in the specific craters they analyzed.

Newswise: SCOPE project scoops $16 million EU grant
Released: 19-Mar-2019 9:05 PM EDT
SCOPE project scoops $16 million EU grant
University of Adelaide

A University of Adelaide researcher, alongside members of an international team, has won an AU$16 million ERC Synergy Grant to use plasma energy to produce fertilisers which provides the opportunity for new business models and could even lead to crops on Mars.


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