Science

NASA New Horizons Mission to Pluto

The PI’s Perspective: A Summer’s Work, Far From Home The work is fun, no doubt there; but it never ends on this mission of exploration — particularly in the summer, when we conduct our annual spacecraft checkouts.

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Sixteen Craters on Mercury Have New Names

The IAU recently approved a proposal from the MESSENGER Science Team to confer names on 16 impact craters on Mercury. The newly named craters were imaged during the mission’s first two flybys of Mercury in January and October last year.

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Mars on Earth Field Season Begins

After being delayed for nine days the first support staff and crew have made it to the NASA Haughton-Mars Project and Mars Society base camp. The base camp is located right next to Haughton Crater on Devon Island in Canada’s high Arctic. Weather in the arctic is always an issue. This year the snow melt was a little latter than usual. Combine that with fog, …

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Canadian Space Agency Announces Spaceflight Research Opportunity

On the heels of the Canadian Space Agency’s recent announcement of a major expansion of its space exploration program comes this new announcement of opportunity. Researchers have until June 28th to submit a letter of intent for their life science experiment. Successful proposals will be flown between 2004 and 2006 and have maximum annual funding of $100,000 for up to three years. Experiments must take …

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Canada Home to State of the Art Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility

While Canada’s robot arms do their work in orbit, Canadian researchers on the ground are developing cutting edge deep space life support systems. The University of Guelph in Ontario has opened a brand new Controlled Environment Systems (CES) research facility that will eventually contain 14 hypobaric (reduced pressure) chambers. The chambers – the first of which was opened last week – will allow researchers to …

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