NASA has a plan to put robot bees on Mars

April 3, 2018 by  
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NASA has announced the funding of a new research effort that will explore the possibility of using robot bees to study the Martian surface. NASA has appropriately called the concept the Marsbee, and the team hopes to develop a model that is capable of navigating the thin atmosphere of Mars in swarms, gathering information with various sensors. “The objective of the proposed work is to increase the set of possible exploration and science missions on Mars by investigating the feasibility of flapping wing aerospace architectures in a Martian environment,” explains University of Alabama researcher Chang-kwon Kang in a statement . A research team at the University of Alabama will work in collaboration with an as-of-yet unannounced team in Japan to create what may be a more efficient means to explore Mars. While the Mars rover has proven to be a reliable exploration machine, it does suffer from slow speeds. A swarm of robotic bees would not have this problem as it scours the surface of the Red Planet. The body of the Marsbee would be similar to that of an actual bumblebee, while its larger wings will be about the size of a cicada. Researchers are currently exploring the most effective mode of flight, whether flapping through flapping, fixed-wing or rotor. The collaborating group of Japanese scientists has already created their own wing-flapping robot, the hummingbird micro-air vehicle (MAV). Related: Elon Musk says trips to Mars coming as soon as next year The Marsbees would be bound to a mobile “hive,” in the form of a traditional rover. The rover would serve as a home base at which the Marsbees would recharge and store data. The Marsbees would also be capable of sending information whilst in-flight through Wi-Fi technology. The Marsbee is still very early in development. NASA expects feasibility studies to last a decade before the project moves onto Phase II. The challenges that must be overcome before the Marsbee takes flight include designing a potentially autonomous navigation system, determining flight style, and inventing a means to keep dust out of the Marsbee. Via Phys.org Images via NASA

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Six scientists just completed a year-long simulated Mars mission

September 6, 2016 by  
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Around a year ago, six scientists entered a solar-powered dome on the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii to study how an astronaut crew would function in isolation on Mars . They stayed inside the dome for a whole year as part of a NASA -funded mission conducted by the University of Hawaii at Manoa called Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation , or HI-SEAS. At the end of August, the scientists finally exited the dome. Soil scientist Carmel Johnston, engineer and physicist Christiane Heinicke, neuroscientist and journalist Sheyna Gifford, doctorate in architecture candidate Tristan Bassingthwaighte, pilot and engineer Andrzej Stewart, and biologist Cyprien Verseux came from around the world to participate in HI-SEAS. The University of Hawaii at Manoa has already conducted two other HI-SEAS missions, and the recently finished third mission centered around crew dynamics as the team members lived far away from friends and family with solely the other members for company. They were able to send emails, but had a twenty-minute delay as there would be on Mars. Related: United Arab Emirates to Launch Unmanned Mission to Mars by 2021 ” Body movement trackers ,” cameras, and electronic surveys allowed University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers to study social, emotional, and cognitive factors as the six scientists lived in the dome for a year. The scientists only emerged outside in simulated Mars spacesuits to conduct research. Bassingthwaighte said in a University of Hawaii at Manoa video , “The UH research going on up here is just super vital when it comes to picking crews, figuring out how people are going to actually work on different kinds of missions. It’s sort of the human factors element of space travel, colonization, whatever it is you’re actually looking at.” Bassingthwaighte also utilized the experience to study ” extreme architecture .” There will be two more NASA-funded HI-SEAS missions in 2017 and 2018, each eight months long. + HI-SEAS Via the University of Hawaii at Manoa Images via Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation Facebook

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Evidence of life on Mars mounts with new research

January 12, 2015 by  
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As the evidence grows , it’s becoming more and more probable that there was once life on Mars. Nora Noffke, a geobiologist and associate professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia recently announced that she sees possible signs of life in rock formations on Mars. When these formations are compared with similar structures on Earth, they indicate that microbial life was likely present on the planet . Read the rest of Evidence of life on Mars mounts with new research Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: astronauts on Mars , bacteria colonize Mars , life on mars , manned mars mission , mars , mars rover , martian life , microbes on mars , NASA Mars mission , nasa rover , nora noffke

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Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China

January 12, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Turenscape’s regenerative wetland park cleans up a post-industrial landscape in China Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ASLA , china , landscape architect , Landscape Architecture , Liupanshui , Liupanshui Minghu wetland park , native habitat , natural riverbank , regenerative landscape , Shuicheng River , stormwater management , stormwater retention , Turenscape , Turenscape landscape architecture , water cleanup , wetland park , wetlands

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NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars

May 19, 2014 by  
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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California has built a saucer-like spacecraft that will be used as a planetary lander in Mars missions launching as early as 2018. The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) will enable land vehicles, crew and cargo to safely reach the surface of the Red Planet. The first Supersonic saucer-shaped vehicle test is scheduled for June 2, 2014 and will be performed at the Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility. Read the rest of NASA May Send New Flying Saucer-Shaped Landing Vehicles to Mars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Curiosity rover Mars , green technology , Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) , mars exploration , Mars landers , Mars vehicles , NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory , NASA Mars mission , NASA rockets , NASA space test flights , NASA technology , space exploration , space technology , Viking mission NASA

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