How to optimize your headspace on a mission to Mars

Imagine being confined to a metal cell with a couple of other people and few amenities for months or even years. Maybe after that, you’ll be moved to a new compound, but you still have no privacy and extremely limited communication with your family and anyone else in the outside world. You feel both crowded …

NASA and CSA welcomes 13 new astronauts and almost half of them are women

NASA and CSA (Canadian Space Agency) chose 13 new astronauts, and the good news is, almost half of them are women. Nicknamed “turtles“, six women and seven men were selected from record-breaking 18,000 applicants representing a wide variety of backgrounds and specialties.

Martian Scenic Overlook by Curiosity

An amazing video by NASA titled “Curiosity at Martian Scenic Overlook”. Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada gives a descriptive tour of the Mars rover’s view in Gale Crater which is 154 kilometers (96 miles) in diameter and estimated to be about 3.5-3.8 billion years old. It is created by an impactor. The crater is also …

Here’s why Mars is cold despite having an atmosphere of mostly carbon dioxide

Mars, often referred to as the Red Planet, boasts an atmosphere dominated by carbon dioxide, a gas typically associated with warmth-inducing greenhouse effects on Earth. Yet, anyone expecting balmy temperatures on Mars would be in for a chilly surprise. Despite its CO₂-rich atmosphere, Mars remains an icy desert with temperatures often plummeting far below freezing. …

Curiosity’s new selfie & Mars 2020 stands on its six wheels

On October 24, 2019, NASA has published a new selfie of the Curiosity Mars Rover, which was taken on October 11, the 2,553rd Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission. The space agency has also announced that Curiosity’s successor, the Mars 2020 Rover now stands on its own six wheels.

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have

I am one of the few African-American aerospace engineers who helped design the Apollo spaceships that took men to the Moon. My great-grandfather was a slave in Claiborne, Alabama, who used primitive tools to work the land. My father was born in Alabama before the Wright brothers made mankind’s first flight. He lived to see …