Pioneer Astronautics announced today that it had successfully demonstrated a new technology suitable for use as a means of automated inflation of Mars exploration balloons. The experiment, which involved the use of methanol to inflate a solar-heated balloon, took place at an altitude of 100,000 ft over Byers Colorado, on the morning of Saturday, August 26. It was witnessed by observers from Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS) which provided flight telemetry and tracking support, and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), which funded the experiment as part of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program.
A new study shows that life can not only survive beneath tons of ice at the dark, near-freezing junctions between glaciers and Earth, but actually thrive there. Researchers say the discovery reinforces the notion that the bottom of the ice cap at Mars’ north pole should be a primary target in the search for life.
Small may soon be big for NASA. A tiny rover vehicle studying an asteroid and a diminutive glider swooping through Martian skies are among the pint-sized spacecraft likely to help explore the solar system over the next decade, says a NASA official.
James Cameron Crosses to the ‘Dark’ Side New York Post
Besides “Dark Angel,” Cameron had also been expected to produce a miniseries for Fox based on the best-selling “Mars” trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson. But he has abandoned the project, explaining that “these books would not be well served in television and the story was too big a meal for a feature film.”