Testing a prototype Mars drill in Antarctica

Group - Antarctica

The Antarctic Dry Valleys: one of the best Mars polar analogues! As part of the ASTEP IceBite project, we are testing a prototype Mars drill in the frigid and harsh Antarctic environment. So far we have tested two important aspects: teleoperation, and drilling to 1m and collecting samples from the entire depth. The teleoperation took […]

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Mars’ Climate: Cyclogenesis, Frontal Waves and Dust Modeling

NASA ARC planetary atmospheric scientists (Jeff Hollingsworth and Melinda Kahre) have published on 19 November 2010 an article in Geophysical Research Letters (American Geophysical Union) with this citation: Hollingsworth, J.L., and M.A. Kahre (2010), Extratropical cyclones, frontal waves, and Mars dust: Modeling and considerations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L22202, doi:10.1029/2010GL044262. http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2010/2010GL044262.shtml The research reported is […]

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Identification of origin of particles brought back by Hayabusa

Hayabusa Particles

The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) has recently announced that preliminary examinations of particles removed from the sample canister of the Hayabusa Sample Return Mission have shown that asteroidal materials were, indeed, recovered from asteroid Itokawa. A press release, in English, can be found at: http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2010/11/20101116_hayabusa_e.html(or see http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2010/11/20101116_hayabusa_j.html for the original Japanese version). Dr. Scott Sandford, […]

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