Days before Phobos-Grunt reenters the atmosphere, a new video captures the failed Mars probe traveling backward above the Earth. Its solar panels face away from the sun and there’s no sign of it tumbling, which most spacecraft are designed to do to maintain stability.
Now that we’ve begun 3D printing anything and everything here on Earth, it’s time to move to the final frontier: printing space stations in orbit. It was only a matter of time. Now new company Made in Space is seeking investors and beginning tests to make space printing a reality, according to Space.com.
If NASA ever gets a clear directive for interplanetary exploration, a new Hundred-Year Starship could be their version of the Mayflower. And like the first pilgrims, Martian explorers might set sail with the knowledge they would never return home.
Tiny robotic bulldozers may soon be on their way to Mars.
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner & Michael Moyer (Editors)Posted 01.25.2002 at 2:25 pm 0 Comments
They'll be too small to clear the way for settlements, but tiny robotic bulldozers may soon be on their way to Mars. Weighing 8 pounds each, the rovers will dig for water or other treasures. Each is equipped with an arm that can scoop Martian soil into an overhead bucket. They're not yet scheduled to fly.