360-Degree Mars Panorama of the Day: Now we can explore the Red Planet in high-res, thanks to a new interactive panorama of Mars stitched together from shots taken at the Curiosity rover’s landing site.
For the mohawk guy in us all.
You really need to see this.
We can’t stop clicking!
NASA’s Curiosity rover has landed on Mars! Its descent-stage retrorockets fired, guiding it to the surface. Nylon cords lowered the rover to the ground in the “sky crane” maneuver. When the spacecraft sensed touchdown, the connecting cords were severed, and the descent stage flew out of the way. The time of day at the landing site is mid-afternoon — about 3 p.m. local Mars time at Gale Crater. (via NASA - Mars Science Laboratory, the Next Mars Rover)
Today, the Mars Science Laboratory flight team begins executing its procedure for entry, descent and landing (EDL), and the spacecraft begins its sequence of autonomous activities leading to the landing this coming weekend. (via NASA - Mars Science Laboratory, the Next Mars Rover)
Mars One will establish the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. A habitable settlement will be waiting for the settlers when they land. The settlement will support them while they live and work on Mars the rest of their lives. Every two years after 2023 an additional crew will arrive, such that there is a real living, growing community on Mars. (via Home - Mars One)
Now, this is the plan. Get your ass to Mars.
NASA announced this week that it will consider a 500-day test trip to Mars aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
At approximately 16-months-long, this simulation will mark the longest manned mission in space — a marathon in the world of manned space missions. Space Station missions…