Mars Series

Endeavour Crater captured by NASA Opportunity rover

Just finished watching MARS series produced by National Geographic channel.

Great series that had me forget that I was watching what is (so far) fiction. It was also a lot more story based than I was expecting, but the human stories helped create the Mars world. The mix of realistic action and the the interviews really made me forget I was watching something non-factual in places – despite the miles of wasteful corridors of the Mars base, it was more corridor than habitat in places!

Recommended!

Image: Mars Endeavour Crater captured by NASA Opportunity rover

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Enceladus Has All Ingredients For Life

Cassini scientists announce that a form of chemical energy that life can feed on appears to exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and Hubble researchers report additional evidence of plumes erupting from Jupiter’s moon Europa.

“This is the closest we’ve come, so far, to identifying a place with some of the ingredients needed for a habitable environment,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington.

via NASA Missions Provide New Insights into ‘Ocean Worlds’ | NASA

Space X Moon Trip

We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.

So excited when I heard the announcement. Hopefully they hit all the deadlines and get the trip underway as soon as. Can’t wait!

via SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX

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On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the moon was launched. Pictured here is the Saturn V rocket lifting the Apollo 11 astronauts towards their manned mission to the Moon. (Ralph Morse—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #NASA #Apollo11