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45 Years Later, The Cosmos Makes a Giant Leap Toward Us…

45 Years ago today we landed on the Moon for the very first time. The Apollo 11 team of Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong, and Buzz Aldrin took the first “Giant Leap for Mankind” (humankind) putting the first steps of humanity on a world beyond our own; a world characterized in the words of Buzz Aldrin by “Magnificent Desolation.”

There has been a lot of buzz (pun intended) about the 45th anniversary from screenings of the original landing to renewed debates about the moon landing hoax to an AMA by Buzz Aldrin on Reddit which you should check out.  There has also been questions about why we have yet to return.

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That is a good question. At the same time, we need to remember that since the late 60’s we have learned an incredible deal about space as we currently find ourselves in a Golden Age of Astronomy. We launched the Voyager Probes in the late 70’s which have just recently reached the edge of our solar system and crossed into inter-stellar space. The 80’s saw the dawn of the space shuttle program leaving the legacies of the International Space Station and Hubble Space Telescope. We got MIND BLOWING images in the 90’s from the Sojourner probe, part of the Mars Pathfinder Program when the Internet was first becoming ubiquitous. As a kid growing up in the 90’s where you could actually download images from Mars…amazing. I believe we actually crashed the NASA servers. We have since returned to Mars recently with Curiosity.

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It’s Official! Mars Did Have A Habitable Environment!

In a press conference today, An announcement was made that the Mars Curiosity Rover has discovered that Mars once supported a habitable environment. Very cool news as that means that, at one time, life could have existed on the Red Planet.

Now there has been confusion over the announcement. Not to add to this confusion, the rover has NOT discovered life itself either in the past or present, but rather the rover has confirmed that the planet supported conditions that could’ve given rise to life.

The news is particularly exciting to us as during our recent North America Tour, we were able to sit down with Chris Voorhees of Planetary Resources who served as Chief Engineer for mechanical assembly, integration and testing of the Mars Science Laboratory that makes up the Curiosity Rover. It’s very cool to think that we will be able to share with you the insights of somebody who has helped to make this discovery possible!

Check the link above for the article on www.space.com about the Mars discovery!

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-Keep Chasing

-Matt &8-)

Watch Curiosity Launch Live!

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

Curiosity Prepares for Journey to Mars

Largest vehicle we are planning on sending to the Red Planet yet. Curiosity’s revolutionary landing system may be the step we need to one day have somebody from our own Blue Planet settle on Mars. Rather than the rover being couched in an airbag deployed shell which looses energy gradually by bouncing across the Martian surface on landing, curiosity will have retro rockets that essentially suspend the unit above the surface until deployed at a safe velocity. Curiosity is simply too large to land with the traditional inflate and bounce system. 

Our own Globe and Mail puts it even more eloquently ;). Check out the article below:

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/science/curiosity-set-for-ambitious-mission-to-mars-the-red-planet/article2248372/