Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s seemingly unstoppable Mars rover Opportunity has been knocked out by a gigantic dust storm that is enveloping the red planet and blotting out the sun. Officials said Wednesday they’re hopeful the rover will survive the storm, which already covers one-quarter of Mars and is expected to encircle the planet … Continue reading CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. | NASA rover knocked out as gigantic dust storm envelops Mars

Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

WASHINGTON/December 11, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon — and on to Mars. Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to “refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery.” The move, Trump said, “marks an important step in returning American … Continue reading Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

Crash report: Confused by spin, Mars probe failed to brake

BERLIN (AP)(STL.News) — An independent report has concluded that Europe’s Schiaparelli probe crash-landed on Mars last year because its systems couldn’t cope with a brief, wild rotation during its descent. The report commissioned by the European Space Agency says the sudden spin — lasting only one second — overloaded the probe’s sensors, making it think … Continue reading Crash report: Confused by spin, Mars probe failed to brake

Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome

HONOLULU (AP) — Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods — with a rare treat of Spam — and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace. The simulated stay on Mars with a carefully selected crew of researchers embarked on … Continue reading Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome