Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Vista From Mars Rover Looks Back Over Journey So Far: A panorama taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover from a mountainside ridge provides a vista of key sites visited since the rover's 2012 landing, and the towering surroundings.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
Not NASA scientists, but a bunch of college kids at Villanova University answered one of the modern era’s most perplexing questions: Yes, beer could be made on Mars.
The astrobiology students were tasked with finding out which crops could survive in harsh, alkaline Martian soil and help feed a hungry colony, the New York Times reported.
Without access to actual Martian dirt, students resorted to using crushed basalt from an ancient volcano in the Mojave, which closely matches NASA’s analysis of the real stuff – and can be bought online.
Using various other methods to further replicate Martian conditions, students were able to sustain plants such as soybeans, kale and potatoes.
Naturally, “because they’re students,” one group of interstellar farmers also chose to grow hops, the plant that gives beer its bite, said Edward Guinan, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Villanova, who teaches the course.
Marijuana was also up for consideration but was ultimately nixed by Guinan.
Given the success of this experiment and similar ones in the Netherlands, Villanova students are currently looking into doing follow-up tests with other crops like barley, the other key ingredient for a tall glass of Martian brew.
Friday, January 26, 2018
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Monday, January 15, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
Steep Slopes on Mars Reveal Structure of Buried Ice: Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars' surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018