China launches ambitious Tianwen-1 Mars rover mission
China’s first fully homegrown Mars mission is on its way to the Red Planet. The Tianwen-1 mission launched atop a Long March 5 rocket from Hainan Island’s Wenchang Satellite Launch Center this morning (July 23) at 12:41 a.m. EDT (0441 GMT). Tianwen-1 consists of an orbiter and a lander/rover... Read more
Hope probe: UAE launches Mars mission
The Hope probe launched on an H2-A rocket from Tanegashima spaceport, and is now on a 500-million-km journey to study Mars’ weather and climate. Two previous attempts to launch the probe in the past week had to be called off because of adverse weather. Hope’s arrival in February 2021... Read more
The UAE’s Hope Mars orbiter launch delayed to next week due to bad weather
A historic Mars launch has been delayed again by troublesome weather conditions at the launch site. The United Arab Emirates is eager to launch its first-ever interplanetary mission, a Red Planet orbiter dubbed Hope. The UAE Space Agency is now targeting a launch between July 19 and July 21,... Read more
Perspective view of Korolev crater
This image from ESA’s Mars Express shows Korolev crater, an 82-kilometre-across feature found in the northern lowlands of Mars.The crater itself is centred at 165° E, 73° N on the martian surface. This image was created using data from the nadir and colour channels of the High Resolution Stereo... Read more
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