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NIAC Focus: Mars Molniya Orbit Atmospheric Resource Mining

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Mars molniya orbit resource mining (Credit: NASA)

NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program recently selected 13 proposals for Phase I awards. Below is a proposal submitted by Robert Mueller of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

Mars Molniya Orbit Atmospheric Resource Mining

Robert Mueller
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Mars planetary surface access is one of NASA’s biggest technical challenges involving advanced entry, descent, and landing (EDL) technologies and methods. This NASA Innovative Advanced Concept (NIAC) project intends to solve one of the top challenges for landing large payloads and humans on Mars by using advanced atmospheric In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) methods that have never been tried or studied before. The proposed Mars Molniya Orbit Atmospheric Resource Mining concept mission architecture will make Mars travel routine and affordable for cargo and crew, therefore enabling the expansion of human civilization to Mars.

NASA Seeks Industry Ideas for an Advanced Mars Satellite

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NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft artist concept. (Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft artist concept. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA is soliciting ideas from U.S. industry for designs of a Mars orbiter for potential launch in the 2020s. The satellite would provide advanced communications and imaging, as well as robotic science exploration, in support of NASA’s Journey to Mars.

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‘Mixed Reality’ Technology Brings Mars to Earth

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PASADENA, Calif. (NASA PR) — What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars? A group of researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, has been working on methods to take this question from the realm of imagination to the mind-bending domain of mixed reality.

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NASA Selects Robotics Projects for SBIR Phase II Funding

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NASA LOGONASA has selected four robotics projects for funding under its most recent round of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II awards. The projects include:

  • Surround Visual & Sensory Feedback for Robotic Arm Pilots. Swift Engineering, Inc., San Clemente, Calif.
  • Robotic Arm for Assistive Free-Flyers. Energid Technologies, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Robotic Arm for Assistive Free-Flyers. Energid Technologies, Cambridge, Mass.
  • Industrial Electrostatic-Gecko Gripper. Somatis Sensor Solutions, Los Angeles, Calif.

Descriptions of the projects follow.

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Bob Zubrin, Mars & Beer

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (NASA PR) — At the end of a long day of work, many people like to grab a cold pint of beer. Few of them think about the bubbles in the glass and how much brewers have to pay to put them there. But Robert Zubrin — president of the Mars Society and founder of multiple aerospace technology companies — does.

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ESA: ExoMars Performing Flawlessly

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Artist conception of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (Image Credit: ESA)

Artist conception of ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (Image Credit: ESA)

PARIS, 23 March 2016 (ESA PR) — Following a spectacular liftoff, ESA’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter is performing flawlessly en route to the Red Planet.

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UAE Mars Probe to be Launched on Japanese Rocket

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H-IIA launch (Credit: JAXA)

H-IIA launch (Credit: JAXA)

TOKYO & DUBAI, UAE (MHI/MBRSC PR)–Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TOKYO:7011) (MHI) has received an order for H-IIA launch services from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for launch of the Emirates Mars Mission’s (EMM) Hope spacecraft.

In order to better understand the Martian atmosphere and climate, Hope is expected to be launched in the summer of 2020 on MHI’s H-IIA launch vehicle, and is set to arrive at Mars in 2021 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE. This order for the EMM marks MHI’s fourth overseas contract for its launch services.

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Honeybee Robotics Selected for Two NASA SBIR Phase II Awards

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honeybee_roboticsNASA has selected Honeybee Robotics for two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II awards to continue development of technologies for use on the moon, Mars, asteroids and other worlds.

Under one award, Honeybee will develop a system capable of extracting and processing water and other volatile materials from the soil. The other award will fund the development of a hermetically sealed capsule for the return of soil samples from other worlds.

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The Simpsons: The Margian Chronicles

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ExoMars is Alive and Headed to Mars

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Trace Gas Orbiter, Schiaparelli and the ExoMars rover at Mars. (Credit: ESA/ATG medialab)

Trace Gas Orbiter, Schiaparelli and the ExoMars rover at Mars. (Credit: ESA/ATG medialab)

The European ExoMars mission has checked in with controllers after its launch earlier today aboard a Russian Proton rocket. The acquisition of signal came about 10 hours after launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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NASA Reschedules Mars InSight Mission for 2018 Launch

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Mars InSight lander (Credit: NASA)

Mars InSight lander (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NASA PR) — NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch window that begins May 5, 2018, with a Mars landing scheduled for Nov. 26, 2018.

InSight’s primary goal is to help us understand how rocky planets – including Earth – formed and evolved. The spacecraft had been on track to launch this month until a vacuum leak in its prime science instrument prompted NASA in December to suspend preparations for launch.

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Video: Buzz Aldrin Makes a Pitch for Human Mars Exploration

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Buzz Aldrin talks about the need for human exploration of Mars at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

ExoMars Flight Animation

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Video Caption: Animation visualising milestones during the launch of the ExoMars 2016 mission and its cruise to Mars. The mission comprises the Trace Gas Orbiter and an entry, descent and landing demonstrator module, Schiaparelli, which are scheduled to be launched on a four-stage Proton-M/Breeze-M rocket from Baikonur during the 14–25 March 2016 window. About ten-and-a-half hours after launch, the spacecraft will separate from the rocket and deploy its solar wings. Two weeks later, its high-gain antenna will be deployed. After a seven-month cruise to Mars, Schiaparelli will separate from TGO on 16 October. Three days later it will enter the martian atmosphere, while TGO begins its entry into Mars orbit.

NASA Plant Researchers Explore Question of Deep-Space Food Crops

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An artist concept depicts a greenhouse on the surface of Mars. Plants are growing with the help of red, blue and green LED light bars and a hydroponic cultivation approach. (Credit: SAIC)

An artist concept depicts a greenhouse on the surface of Mars. Plants are growing with the help of red, blue and green LED light bars and a hydroponic cultivation approach. (Credit: SAIC)

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By Linda Herridge
NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center

Dr. Ray Wheeler, lead for Advanced Life Support Research activities at Kennedy Space Center, holds a red and blue LED light fixture inside a laboratory at the Space Station Processing Facility. The LED lights recently were used to study the effects of different ratios of red and blue light on plant growth and development. Photo credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

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House Members Want NASA to Develop Human Space Exploration Roadmap

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Artists concept of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to an astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth's moon. (Credit: NASA)

Artists concept of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Robotic Mission capturing an asteroid boulder before redirecting it to an astronaut-accessible orbit around Earth’s moon. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (House Science Committee PR) – On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Space held a hearing titled,Charting a Course: Expert Perspectives on NASA’s Human Exploration Proposals.” Witnesses shared their viewpoints on NASA’s human space exploration plans – including a human mission to Mars – and the challenge of keeping programs on track through changing presidential administrations.

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