Astronaut Requirements for Mars

June 21, 2017 Astronaut Requirements During their careers, the next generation of astronauts may fly on any of four different U.S. spacecraft: the International Space Station, two NASA Commercial Crew Program spacecraft currently in development by U.S. companies, and NASA’s Orion deep-space exploration vehicle. What does it take to be an astronaut? In 2016, NASA […]

Antarctica and the International Space Station Ham Radio

Ten California high school students have received a fellowship from the Barboza Space Center to develop an emergency communication system for the International Space Station.  This prototype will be used here on Earth to communicate with high school students in Australia, South Korea and Cabo Verde.  We are working on getting scientists in Antarctica to […]

Astronaut Training in Antarctica

Sept. 13, 2016 Antarctica Provides ICE to Study Behavior Effects in Astronauts A trip to the Red Planet begins long in advance of liftoff. NASA’s journey to Mars includes preparing astronauts to cope with several months of isolation, confinement, and in an extreme environment (identified with the acronym ICE). One of the best ways to […]

White Mars

“White Mars” –Antarctica Provides NASA with a Training Ground for Manned Missions to Mars September 16, 2016       NASA has astronauts in training under extreme weather conditions of Antarctica to prepare them for deep space and planetary explorations such as the manned journey to Mars. The preparation includes the astronauts undergoing tests to […]

The closest thing on Earth to a mission to Mars

The closest thing on Earth to a mission to Mars By Meera Senthilingam, for CNN Updated 8:21 AM ET, Wed December 9, 2015 Photos: Scientists are using the Concordia research station in Antarctica to research the effects of long space missions. In winter, no sunlight is seen for four months and the typical crew of […]

Good Observations Sites in Antarctica

Antarctica: High and Dry (and Cold and Calm) What makes a good observing site? Nearly every kind of astronomical telescope benefits from a site that provides clear, dry, and dark conditions. While the stormy weather on the Antarctic coast is legendary, the high plateau in the center of the continent is quite the opposite. It […]