Free Press Journal
  •  NASA decodes hazards of human spaceflight to Mars

    Washington: In a bid to make an organised effort to overcome the obstacles that lie before a human journey to Mars, NASA has decoded some hazards that astronauts can encounter on a continual basis on the Red Planet. The space agency’s Human Research Programme (HRP) used ground-based analogues, laboratories, and the International Space Station (ISS), to evaluate human performance and countermeasures required for the exploration of Mars, expected to be in the 2030s.

  • NASA asks public to help astronauts survive carbon dioxide on Mars

    Washington: NASA has launched a public competition that asks people to find solutions to turn carbon dioxide into molecules that would help astronauts endure the harsh atmosphere on the Red Planet. Called the “CO2 Conversion Challenge”, the competition asks public to discover ways to develop novel synthesis technologies that use carbon dioxide as the sole carbon source to generate molecules that can be used to manufacture a variety of products, including “substrates” for

  • Scientists discover first-ever lake of liquid water on Mars

    Washington: In a tantalising find, a team of Italian researchers on Wednesday announced they have discovered a large saltwater lake under ice near the South Pole on Red Planet – raising a possibility that life may be there on Mars in some form.

  • When Mars got photobombed by its moon Phobos

    Washington DC: NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured Phobos, one of Mars’ two moons, during its orbital trek around the Red Planet.

  • NASA unveils ‘out of this world’ Mars rover

    Washington : NASA has unveiled an “out of this world” futuristic Mars rover concept vehicle to inspire young people to want to learn more about its plans to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.

  • UAE to build ‘first city on Mars by 2117’

    Dubai: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will build the first city on the Red Planet as part of the 2117 Mars project in collaboration with specialised international organisations and scientific institutes.

  • Red planet would have been flooded by water

    London: Scientists have discovered a patch of land in an ancient valley on Mars that may have been flooded by water in the not-too-distant past and could serve as the prime target to begin searching for evidence of life forms on the red planet.

  • Swirling spirals found at the north pole of red planet

    London: European Space Agency’s Mars Express has beamed back images that show distinctive dark spiralling troughs on the red planet’s north polar ice cap. The mosaic generated from 32 individual orbits ‘strips’ captured between 2004 and 2010, and covers an area of around a million square kilometres.

  • NASA orbiter detects infant versions of Martian ‘spiders’

    Washington: Using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data, researchers have detected cumulative growth of erosion-carved troughs that may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian “spiders,” which are radially patterned channels found only in the south polar region of the Red Planet, according to IANS.

  • Huge deposit of frozen underground water found on Mars

    Houston: Scientists using data from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found a huge reservoir of water frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains of the red planet, which may prove to be a vital resource for astronauts in future, says PTI.

  • Europe, Russia embark on search for life on Mars

    Paris – Europe and Russia are set to launch an unmanned spacecraft on Monday to smell Mars’ atmosphere for gassy evidence that life once existed on the Red Planet, or may do so still.

  • NASA closer than ever to sending US astronauts to Mars

    Washington: NASA is closer than ever to sending American astronauts to Mars in the 2030s and is empowering US entrepreneurs and innovators to expand the nascent commercial market in low-Earth orbit, the US space agency administrator Charlie Bolden has said.

  • Scott Kelly

    Scott Kelly becomes longest-serving US astronaut in space

    Washington: US astronaut Scott Kelly, commander of the current Expedition 45 crew on the International Space Station (ISS), has become the longest-living US astronaut on the orbiting laboratory. On October 16, Kelly began his 383rd day living in space, surpassing US astronaut Mike Fincke’s record of 382 cumulative days. The feat has come just before the 15th anniversary of continuous human presence on the International Space Station (ISS).