Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mount Sharp, inside Gale Crater on Mars

If you thought that NASA would cease space exploration after laying the US Space Shuttle programme to rest, you thought wrong. Just this past week, NASA has announced in a press release that they are looking for ideas and abstracts from anyone across the world, even India, “as part of NASA's effort to seek out the best and the brightest ideas from researchers and engineers in planetary science.” Basically, there are certain key challenges that NASA has outlined which need to be addressed if NASA is to accomplish its goal of landing humans on Mars in the 2030s. Selected papers would be presented in June at a workshop being hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. The aim of this workshop is to “advance Mars exploration”. So if you are well-versed with planetary science, and have some brilliant ideas to tackle the challenge areas outlined by NASA (which include things like Mars surface system capabilities and Mars ascent), be sure to check out the source links below. You might want to take note that 10th May 2012 is the deadline for submission of papers and abstracts.

Via: The Verge

Source: NASA, Lunar and Planetary Institute

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/MSSS

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