Marte, quattro miliardi di anni fa sul pianeta scorrevano grandi fiumi come Po e Reno: la scoperta italiana
Mesi e mesi a guardare le stesse immagini. La pazienza del geologo, l’occhio dello scienziato e il puntiglio del ricercatore. Alla fine, nell’emisfero Sud del pianeta Rosso,nei pressi del bacino Hellas, un affioramento ha catturato l’attenzione di Francesco Salese, geologo esperto di geologia planetaria in forza alla Irsps dell’Università... Read more
Ingenuity elicottero marziano
  by Eugenio Sorrentino  Dopo avere battezzato Perseverance il rover della missione Mars 2020, che partirà nel luglio 2020,la NASA ha scelto quello del Mars Helicopter, denominato Ingenuity. Destinato a diventare il primo aeromobile a tentare il volo a motore su un altro pianeta, il Mars Helicopter della NASA... Read more
China’s Mars mission named Tianwen-1, appears on track for July launch
  China has named its first independent interplanetary mission “Tianwen-1”, with the combined Mars orbiter and rover spacecraft apparently proceeding towards launch in July. The name and mission logo were unveiled at a China National Space Administration online ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of the... Read more
Digestione Anaerobica per applicazioni spaziali dalla canapa industriale
  by Giovanni Garofalo   La digestione anaerobica è un processo biologico dovuto alla decomposizione microbica di residui organici in assenza di ossigeno molecolare (O2). Tale processo determina principalmente la formazione di due prodotti: metano (CH4) e biossido di carbonio (CO2). L’insieme combinato da origine al biogas, e permette... Read more
What can the coronavirus outbreak teach us about bringing Mars samples back to Earth?
A new virus called SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of a disease called COVID-19. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are still learning about the virus, monitoring the disease it causes, and researching... Read more
Look down into a pit on Mars. The caved-in roof of a lava tube could be a good place to explore on the Red Planet
    Want to look inside a deep, dark pit on Mars? The scientists and engineers from the NASA’s HiRISE Camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have done just that. From its orbit about 260 km (160 miles) above the surface, HiRISE can spot something as small as... Read more
1 YEAR from the ARRIVAL ON MARS OF MARS 2020 ROVER
  Exactly a year from now, a capsule will come hurtling through the atmosphere of Mars with the Americans’ next big rover. If it survives the “seven minutes of terror” that describe its descent to the surface, the new robot promises a very different mission to all those that... Read more
Luca Parmitano: return to Earth
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano touched down in the Kazakh Steppe at 09:12 GMT , 6 February 2020 after his second six-month mission on the International Space Station. Luca returned to Earth in the Russian Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft alongside US astronaut Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. During his second mission, known as ‘Beyond’, Luca... Read more
Mystery at Mars’s Pole Explained
A new study from Caltech suggests that the theory, developed by physicist Robert B. Leighton and planetary scientist Bruce C. Murray, may indeed be correct. Carbon dioxide makes up more than 95 percent of Mars’s atmosphere, which has a surface pressure of only 0.6 percent that of Earth. Direct... Read more
NASA invites public to vote on name for Mars 2020 rover
A panel of volunteer judges, including educators, professionals and space enthusiasts around the United States, selected 155 semifinalists after evaluating more than 28,000 submissions in NASA’s «Name the Rover» essay contest open to U.S. students in kindergarten through 12th grade. NASA winnowed down the list to nine finalists and... Read more