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St. Louis metropolitian area about the necessity to continue exploration
through the heavens and to one day conquer humanities' greatest challenge:
HUMAN SETTLEMENT ON MARS!
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Recent Mars Society/ Space News:
Mars Society 2006
This year's Mars Society Conference
was recently announced. It will be held at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. The conference
will commence August 3 and end August 6. The gathering will highlight results from Spirit,
Opportunity, Mars Express missions and include speakers like Michael Griffin (NASA, Administrator),
Elon Musk (CEO and Founder - Space X), and Robert Zubrin (Pioneer Astronautics, The Mars Society)
along with many others.
Also results from recent MDRS, Devon Island, and FMARS crews. This conference is already being predicted
to be the best conference to date. Also check the Mars Society's main website for
hotel room discounts.
more information about registration
for more information about the L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station
Mars Society to Launch 4-Month Mars Mission to the High
Arctic in 2007
The Mars Society Steering Committee has voted to undertake a four-month long simulated
human Mars exploration mission to the high Arctic in 2007.
The mission will consist of a single 7 person crew, which will journey to the Flashline
Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) on Canada’s Devon Island, 900 miles from the North Pole, in early
May 2007, and remain on site through the end of August 2007.
can see the press release here
1st Annual Martian Media Festival
CALL FOR ENTRIES!
We are happy to present the First Annual
Martian Media Festival! The
Martian Media Festival is open to all Mars Society Conference attendees
who wish to show a film that relates to Mars, the Society or other
visual viewpoints, either
personal or institutional, that speak to the
human expansion into space and on to Mars itself. All genres will be
accepted for review,
including shorts, animation, experimental, and
documentary. We are especially interested in high-lighting any
from either FMARS or MDRS.
There is no entry fee, and awards will be limited to a handsome
cerificate and the hearty
handclasp. And of course the fun of sharing
your film with your fellow Martians!
we have several crew documentaries from FMARS and MDRS, as well as a couple of animated shorts. So join
For more info, rules, and entry form,
Report: Dnepr Rocket Crashes Shortly After Launch
posted: 26 July 2006
5:10 p.m. ET
A civilian Dnepr rocket built from
a modified intercontinental ballistic missile failed to carry a clutch of small satellites into orbit
Wednesday as it crashed just south of its Central Asian launch site, according to Russian wire reports.
engine apparently shut down prematurely just after rocketing spaceward from its Baikonur Cosmodrome launch
pad in Kazakhstan, Russian space officials told the Interfax News Agency. The rocket was scheduled
to launch at 3:43 p.m. EDT (1943 GMT) and reach orbit a short time later.
stage failed to separate on time, it stopped working about 10 minutes earlier, and that is why the engine
shut down in emergency mode,” Yury Nosenko, deputy head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency, told Interfax.
for more information
Japan Plans September Launch for New Spy Satellite
By Eric Talmadge
Associated Press Writer
posted: 26 July 2006
3:55 p.m. ET
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Lofty Goals For Higher Education: Students Build
and Test Near-Space Technology
Senior Space Writer
posted: 12 July 2006
06:38 am ET
BOULDER, Colorado – For students seeking higher
education, you can’t do much better than a classroom at the edge of space.
Thanks to Student Hands-on Training (SHOT) workshops, aspiring satellite
researchers can trial-run payload ideas by getting a lift from skyward-soaring balloons. SHOT
activities are on-going at the NASA-funded Colorado Space Grant Consortium at the University of Colorado.
Since the late 1980s, the consortium has given
students hands-on experience with real-world space projects, ranging from balloon-toted payloads to small
orbiting spacecraft, as well as telescopes and reduced gravity experimentation.
SHOT is partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s (AFRL) University Nanosat Program
that is funded through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The objective is to foster student
creativity and innovation in designing, fabricating, testing and flying small satellites.
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New Way Suggested to Search for Life on Mars
Senior Science Writer
posted: 30 June 2006
12:22 pm ET
A shiny coating found on rocks in
many of Earth's deserts suggest a new way to search for signs of life on Mars, scientists said today.
The coating, known as desert varnish,
binds traces of DNA, amino
acids and other organic compounds to desert rocks over the eons.
Desert varnish has been found in
the Atacama desert in Chile, the Mojave desert in California and Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Prehistoric
people carved the varnish away, revealing lighter-colored rock underneat to create petroglyphs.
The logic is simple: Samples of
Martian desert varnish could perhaps show whether there has been life on Mars at any time during its 4.5-billion-year
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Home Again: Six Astronauts Celebrate Shuttle Landing
posted: 17 July 2006
05:20 pm ET
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.
– The sky may be cloudy over NASA’s Florida
spaceport, but six astronauts are all smiles after riding their space shuttle back to Earth Monday.
“It’s good to be back,” said Discovery’s STS-121 mission commander Steven
Lindsey. “We had a long, but successful mission.”
NASA’s STS-121 astronauts landed
aboard Discovery at 9:14 a.m. EDT (1314 GMT) today after a 13-day
spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS). It was
Lindsey who deftly piloted the spacecraft – then a 100-ton glider – to a graceful stop despite a thick
cloud layer and some last minute runway changes.
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