When a Mars Simulation Goes Wrong – The Atlantic

Human habitats are complex systems in which unexpected outcomes can and will happen. We should never expect future Mars missions to be immune.


A recent mission atop a Hawaiian volcano shows humans still have much to learn before they set foot on another world.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/06/mars-simulation-hi-seas-nasa-hawaii/553532/

Meeting Announcement 2018-06-24

All:

Meeting this Sunday, NORMA’s, rt 75 and 15th street, plano, Sunday, June 24, 6pm. We are back to NORMA’s, and our usual new time of 6pm.

We have a recordbreaking exciting URC to talk about, and the upcoming Moon Day!  I’ve confirmed that we are on track for our usual position at the Frontiers of Flight Musuem.

Lots going on in the Space world, including open discussion about the viability of SLS vs ‘the new guys’ for manned missions to Mars!

See you on Sunday!

Kurt

Opportunity in Danger

If you have not already heard, the Opportunity Rover is caught in a very bad dust storm that has very seriously degraded the power generating capability of its solar panels. It is likely experiencing a low power fault right now, so this is the most serious power event Oppy has experienced in the last 14 years of the mission. There is some hope that the dust in the air will help to keep the rover from getting below its minimum operating temperature & so it may yet be able to wake up once the panels can collect enough energy to come out of the low power mode.

Mark