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Talking To Mars: New Antenna Design Could Aid Interplanetary Communication

When people think about antennas, they often picture old television sets with “rabbit ears” – two metal rods poking above the screen. Essentially, antennas are devices that allow the wireless transfer or reception of radio signals. They come in various sizes and shapes. For instance, it’s your phone’s antenna that allows you to stream videos, post a social media status, use GPS to find a restaurant and call a friend.

How Travelling To Deep Space In Cryogenic Sleep Could Actually Work

Our bodies aren’t meant for space. We require too much maintenance to speed through the stars. We need a steady supply of things absent from space — namely water, food and oxygen. We crave warmth but won’t find it in deep space, where the average temperature is -270°C. Even if we could survive in an icy vacuum without sustenance, we’d probably go insane without distractions and room to move.

Sign Up To Send Your Name To Mars With NASA

Want your name on a microchip bound for the Red Planet? It’s totally free, you’ll earn NASA “frequent flyer miles”, and your name will be on Mars. Here’s how to sign up.

Mars One Is Still Completely Full Of Crap

After watching a two hour debate on the feasibility of the Mars One mission last night, I think I finally understand its problem. It’s not that the company is broke. It’s that we don’t yet have the technology to sustain human life on Mars, and Mars One still won’t admit it.

What A Flyover Of The Surface Of Mars Would Look Like

The ESA put together this rendered flyover video of Mars (from images taken from the Mars Express) and we can see the craters and cliffs and canyons that pockmark the red planet as if we we were actually flying by and poking our head out the window. It’s all the same drab and dusty colour but it also looks phenomenal.

A Fan Stitched Together The Best Selfie Of Curiosity Yet  

Behold Kevin Gill’s mosaic image of NASA’s Mars rover, which is just as good as the official selfies of Curiosity. The Nashua, NH, software engineer stitched together dozens of high-resolution photos taken by the MAHLI (Mars Hand Lens Imager) camera of the rover, and the result is a stunning self portrait of the car-sized robotic explorer.

Explore The Surface Of Mars With NASA's Latest Web Tools

Most of us will never set foot on Mars, but thanks to NASA’s unceasing public outreach campaign, we can all imagine what that would be like. To commemorate the three year anniversary of the Curiosity rover’s Martian landing, NASA has unveiled two new web tools that allow you to explore the Red Planet’s surface and ride alongside the much-anthropomorphised rover.

Stunning Video Of Mars From Orbit

Video: What a hypnotising look at the red planet. We get to see the view that ESA’s Mars Express see as it explores Mars, specifically a stunning look from orbit. I just love seeing it spin and twirl and then zoom in and then repeat the beautiful process all over again. I can see this in my dreams.

NASA Wants This Gas-Jet Drone To Find Resources On The Moon And Mars

This might look like a slightly ramshackle home-brew drone, but in fact its a new kind of robotic vehicle developed by NASA that “can gather samples on other worlds in places inaccessible to rovers”.

This Earth-Like View Is Actually On Mars

Rugged rock, naturally carved gullies and even a dusting of frost. This could almost be a satellite of a particularly remote part of Earth — but in fact you’re looking at the surface of Mars.

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