Growing plants in space has multiple benefits, Nandi said. A mission to Mars might take several years to complete. Experience from the International Space Station shows that being able to grow some food in addition to pre-packaged meals is a big morale booster for astronauts, he said.
The data suggested the presence of a shallow sedimentary layer sandwiched between lava flows beneath the planet's surface.
The SpaceX Mars programme was initiated by Musk to colonise Mars after he first conceptualised the project back in 2001.
The rock that provided the mission's first core samples is basaltic in composition and may be the product of lava flows. The team also found salts within these rocks.
Each mission will consist of four crew members living and working in a 1,700-square-foot module 3D-printed by ICON, called Mars Dune Alpha.
Ingenuity aced that original technology-demonstrating mission and was rewarded with an extension, which aims to showcase the scouting potential of Mars rotorcraft. For example, the Perseverance team is looking forward to studying the photos.
The auroras was spotted by the Emirates Mars Ultraviolet Spectrometer, or EMUS, which is designed to study the thin, vast halo of hydrogen and oxygen surrounding Mars, not on its magnetism, so the aurora images came as a bonus.
The rover's Mast Camera, or Mastcam snapped colour images and the iridescent, or "mother of pearl" clouds on March 5, 2021, the 3,048th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.
Organic salts, such as iron, calcium, and magnesium oxalates and acetates, may be widespread in Martian surface sediments. These salts are the chemical remnants of organic compounds.
Washington: NASA will attempt to fly Ingenuity mini-helicopter, currently attached to the belly of the Perseverance rover, on Mars on April 8, in the first such attempt on another planet. However, before the 1.8- kg rotorcraft attempts its first controlled flight, both it and its team back home must meet a series of daunting milestones. […]
Beijing: China’s space probe Tianwen-1 has sent back the first image of Mars that it captured from a distance of 2.2 million km from the Red Planet. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released the image of Mars captured by Tianwen-1, Xinhua reported on Friday. The probe conducted its fourth orbital correction on Friday […]
Washington: NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover mission is set to complete a 470.8-million-kilometre next month as it is scheduled to land on Mars on February 18. Launched on July 30 last year, the rover is currently closing that distance at 2.5 kilometres per second, NASA said. Once at the top of the Red Planet’s atmosphere, […]
Washington: During routine survey operations for hazardous asteroids, NASA’s asteroid camera has spotted China’s Tianwen-1 Mars spacecraft speeding away from the Earth. The China’s Tianwen-1 Mars mission was launched on Thursday to begin a seven-month journey to the Red Planet, the space.com reported. The spacecraft consists of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, all […]
Beijing: China on Thursday conducted a key experiment to land a rover on Mars as it seeks to catch up with India, US, Russia and the European Union to reach the red planet. The landing test, carried out on simulated conditions, was conducted at Huailai County in the northern Hebei province, ahead of China’s first […]
Chennai: Has Padma Shri M. Annadurai, former Director of the U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) and who was involved in India’s three inter-planetary missions, a persona non grata at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) wonder serving and retired officials. At a time when several retired officials were present to witness the Vikram moon lander […]
Film: “Mission Mangal”; Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari; Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi; H.G. Dattatreya; Direction: Jagan Shakti; Rating: **& 1/2 (two and half stars) Going to Mars is about as much of a challenge as chomping on a Mars chocolate bar — at least, that’s the impression “Mission Mangal” […]
San Francisco: Tech billionaire and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to establish a base on Mars, and he has indicated the first resident on the planet could be Artificial Intelligence (AI). Responding to a tweet that asked Musk what his thoughts were on the first Martian being an intelligent machine rather than a human, he […]
Washington: NASA’s Curiosity rover has discovered “tough” organic molecules in three-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks near the surface of Mars — a finding that suggests the planet could have supported ancient life. It has also found seasonal variations in the levels of methane in the atmosphere, a discovery that has relation to the search for current life […]
Washington: NASA’s new head, Jim Bridenstine, has defended the new agency directive to return astronauts to the Moon, saying that the mission will not derail the US goal of becoming the first country to put humans on Mars. “Our return to the surface of the Moon will allow us to prove and advance technologies that […]
Washington: NASA has revealed how it plans to bring back Martian samples to Earth for the first time with the help of its next rover mission to the Red Planet, Mars 2020. After landing on Mars, a drill will capture rock cores, while a caching system with a miniature robotic arm will seal up these […]
Adelaide: SpaceX on Friday unveiled its plans to put humans on Mars as early as 2024. Speaking on the final day of the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) here, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk made the announcement of the plans, reports Xinhua news agency. Musk, who also serves as the CEO of automotive company […]
Bhubaneswar: Celebrating the 10th year of Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS), Tata Steel in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium (PSP) has brought the much acclaimed Vikram Sarabhai Space Exhibition of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the first time to Odisha. The week-long exhibition was inaugurated today at the Pathani Samanta Planetarium in the […]
Washington: Three Expedition 44 astronauts representing the US, Russia and Japan arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday to continue key research that advances NASA’s journey to Mars. The spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked at the space station after orbiting Earth four times, the US space agency said […]
Washington: After a series of weather-related delays, NASA has successfully tested its revolutionary “flying saucer” that will help land heavier payloads on the surface of long-distance planets, including Mars. NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project completed its second flight test when the saucer-shaped craft splashed down safely in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of […]
London: A simulated Mars mission held in the Utah desert in the US came to an abrupt end, when the research station was gutted in fire, media reported Wednesday. According to a Daily Mail report, the mission involved four “astronauts” living in isolation for two weeks in the hope of recreating the psychological effects of […]
India's maiden mission to Mars has traversed beyond the sphere of influence (SOI) of Earth extending about 9,25,000 km in its 10-month long voyage to the red planet