By digging up Martian soil and thoroughly isolating genetic material from microbes, scientists could compare the genetic sequence to what we find here on Earth. The instrument responsible for collecting the genetic material is under development by researchers at Harvard and MIT and could catch a ride with a rocket to Mars in a decade or so.
The two shuttles Discovery and Endeavour are being retired, does that mean that space exploration will stagnate?
- Nope. Nasa is performing some rigorous testing of the new Mars rover Curiosity, or MSL as it is called. The new rover, as the name suggests, will be able to gather and analyze more information as it weighs four times more and is about twice as big as the previous two rovers Spirit and Opportunity which landed on the surface of Mars back in 2004.
Itís easy being a bit torn as what to make of this robot, is it really useful and what is its true purpose? Robonaut was boxed and launched together with the last mission for the Discovery space shuttle, once at place it had quite a wait in its little box.
Few things are as fascinating as black holes, and there are probably an equal amount of facts as there are myths and speculations. This list contains some of the things you should know.