NASA begins yearlong Mars isolation experiment

Aug 29, 2015

NASA begins yearlong Mars isolation experiment

Six people have shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii starting Friday in the longest U.S. isolation experiment aimed at helping NASA prepare for a journey to Mars. The six are a French astrobiologist, a German physicist and four Americans: a ...

Parachute fails during NASA 'saucer' test off Kauai

Jun 9, 2015

Parachute fails during NASA 'saucer' test off Kauai

A parachute failed during a NASA test of new technology for landing larger spacecraft — and eventually astronauts — on Mars, the agency said Monday. The parachute deployed but failed to inflate, Kimberly Newton, a spokeswoman for NASA, said in an email. The agency ...

Cosmic rays may damage the brains of astronauts

May 3, 2015

Cosmic rays may damage the brains of astronauts

Researchers said on Friday that long-term exposure to galactic cosmic rays, which permeate space, may cause dementia-like cognitive impairments in astronauts during any future round-trip Mars journey, expected to take at least 2½ years. In a NASA-funded study, mice exposed to highly energetic charged ...

Nov 28, 2014

Earthlings to beam 90,000 hellos to Mars

Radio telescopes on Earth will beam 90,000 messages to Mars on Friday to commemorate the launch 50 years ago of the first robotic probe to visit the planet. A U.S. space funding company called Uwingu organized the extraterrestrial shout-out to mark the 50th anniversary ...