In Today’s Deep Space Extra… International scientists are gathered on the Arabian Peninsula for a Mars mission simulation. Russia prepares for its fastest ever Progress re-supply mission to the international Space Station. Congress ends an overnight U.S. Government shutdown with plans for spending increases. NASA hosts “State of NASA” events on Monday.
Human Space Exploration
Mars on Earth: Simulation tests in remote desert of Oman
AP via New York Times (2/8): Two hundred scientists from 25 countries have gathered on a desert stretch of the Arabian Peninsula in Oman to test hardware and rehearse for a Mars mission over a four week stint. They are simulating medical emergencies, testing a space suit developed for red planet exploration and coping with isolation. Shipping containers serve as labs and habitats in the 125 degree heat.
3-D printable tools may help study astronaut health
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2/98): Advance medical lab tools, manufactured in space, could help future human deep space explorers assess physical changes, including changing states of health. An initiative led by JPL could help to handle samples of blood and other biological samples without sending them back to Earth for analysis.
Russia’s ‘fastest ever’ Progress spacecraft prepped for launch ...