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Space agency closing research lab key to International Space Station, Canadarm

A spare robotic hand for Canadarm2 tested at Ottawa's David Florida Laboratory in 2015. The Canadian Space Agency says the lab can run tests ranging from –25 to 60 C. (Canadian Space Agency)The Canadian Space Agency has confirmed a west Ottawa spacecraft laboratory it calls "Canada's national facility for spacecraft assembly  integration" is closing at the end of March 2025.The David Florida Laboratory officially opened in 1972 in the Shirley's Bay complex off Carling Avenue. It's one of the few complexes in the world

NASA Invites You to Live the Martian Experience Without Leaving Earth

Mars Dune Alpha Conceptual Render: Visualization on Mars. Credit: ICONNASA is seeking applicants to participate in its next simulated one-year Mars surface mission to help inform the agency’s plans for human exploration of the Red Planet. The second of three planned ground-based missions called CHAPEA (Crew Health and Performance Exploration Analog) is scheduled to kick off in spring 2025.Each CHAPEA mission involves a four-person volunteer crew living and working inside a 1,700-square-foot, 3D-printed habitat based at…

Psychiatrist studies potential workplace stressors faced by the first astronauts on Mars

Within the next few decades, NASA aims to land humans on the Moon, set up a lunar colony and use the lessons learned to send people to Mars as part of its Artemis program. While researchers know that space travel can stress space crew members both physically and mentally and test their ability to work together in close quarters, missions to Mars will amplify these challenges. Mars is far away — millions of miles from Earth — and a mission to the red planet will take two to two and a half…

Lucas Pope’s Mars After Midnight hits the Playdate console on March 12

Panic just held a games showcase revealing over a dozen upcoming exclusives. The company also announced a March 12 release date for the long-anticipated Mars After Midnight, which is likely the console’s first marquee title.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRjRt4NSfKMMars After Midnight is a game created by renowned developer Lucas Pope, the guy behind Papers, Please and Return of the Obra Dinn. Both of these titles were and Mars After Midnight looks to take a few cues from Papers, Please, as you play as a door guard of…

Honkai Impact 3rd Part 2 Releases This Week, Taking You To Mars

Honkai Impact 3rd, HoYoverse's sci-fi ARPG, is debuting the Part 2 chapter on February 29. Taking place on Mars, you will gain access to new maps, enhancements around the aerial combat system, and monsters to fight against. Honkai Impact 3rd is also releasing on the Mac App Store in the near future.In terms of story, the Sea of Data is slowly invading space. You'll travel to a new city and make use of the Anchor of the Apocalypse to explore different civilizations across multiple bubble universes.…

Honkai Impact 3rd embarks on a new chapter with Part 2, Mars Crisis, this month

The elite Valkyries’ adventures continue in Honkai Impact 3rd’s upcoming chapter, Mars Crisis. This time, we’ll see new faces join the team, from the eccentric Senadina to the animalistic Coralie 6626 Planck. If you have always wanted to go on a heroic deep space escapade, now is the perfect time to begin as Honkai Impact 3rd kicks off Part 2 on February 29. You won’t stray too far from our solar system as the team sets out on a quest to Mars. That means HoYoverse longtime players can look forward to all-new missions,…

Canadian contribution to private lunar lander could lead to a telescope on the moon

The first private spacecraft to softly land on the moon carries a Canadian instrument that will test the possibility of building an observatory at the Lunar south pole.The phone booth-sized lander by Intuitive Machines, named Odysseus, launched on Feb. 15 and touched down on Thursday near a small impact crater about 300 kilometers from the moon's south pole.It was a stressful event with navigation and communication issues, but 15 nail-biting minutes after it landed, mission control confirmed that they were receiving a…

How Ancient Volcanoes on Mars Are Rewriting the Story of Earth

Figure 1. Topographic data are draped over infrared image data showing complex tectonic structures and volcanic deposits in the Eridania region of Mars. Warm colors are higher elevations. Credit: NASA/Mars Odyssey/HRSCMars’s complex volcanism, driven by vertical tectonics, provides insights into ancient crustal recycling, offering new perspectives on both Martian and Earth geology.Volcanoes are a common feature on the surfaces of solid planets within the solar system, resulting from magmatic activity occurring within the…

The search for life on Mars

Last week, NASA’s Perseverance rover spotted its companion, the downed Ingenuity helicopter, in its final resting place amongst a sea of sand ripples on Mars. The aircraft had suffered irreparable damage in a rough landing, but before that, it had snapped a breathtaking view of the Martian landscape with wind-strewn dunes reaching out towards a field of rocky hilltops. Although the craft will never take flight again, it was a symbol of the “ingenuity” that’s surging through the space industry…

NASA Seeks Four Volunteers To Spend A Year In An Isolated Mars Colony Simulator

Ready to embark on a cosmic adventure? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is seeking volunteers for a special mission to the Red Planet. That’s right, you can now potentially go live on Mars, or at least, a very close version of it.Last Friday (February 16), NASA announced that it was seeking applicants to participate in its next simulated one-year Mars surface mission to help gather information that will be useful for planning actual human missions to the real Mars in the future.This is the second…