Rowan geology chair co-authors series of articles ahead of asteroid sample’s return to Earth | Rowan Today

The extraterrestrial payload of a NASA spacecraft is still about a year away from Earth but researchers, including Rowan University Geology Chair Dr. Harold Connolly Jr., are already publishing widely about the distant capture of materials from a moving asteroid. In 2020, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft rendezvoused with and performed a touch-and-go retrieval mission just above … Read more

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ teases return of an epic character

Warning: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” season 1, episode 7 With news that the last episode of Season 2 of “Strange New Worlds” plus the first two episodes of Season 5 of “Discovery” have started shootingwe rejoice that more “Star Trek” is on the way, but sadly only three installments remain of this … Read more

China aims to return Mars samples before joint NASA-European mission: report

China plans to haul Mars samples to Earth in 2031, two years before NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) aim to do so, according to media reports. The target date was announced in a Monday (June 20) presentation (opens in new tab) by Sun Zezhou, chief designer of the Tianwen 1 Mars orbiter and … Read more

NASA, Partner Establish New Research Group for Mars Sample Return Program – NASA Mars Exploration

Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration: This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Download image › Sixteen scientists from the US, Europe, Canada, … Read more

Tampa Bay area student researchers return from studying the Gulf of Mexico’s health

Tampa Bay area researchers and college students recently returned ashore after an eight-day excursion collecting data from the Gulf of Mexico. They were aboard the Research Vessel Weatherbird II, a boat equipped with advanced laboratories and sensor technology. Courtesy / Rebekka Larson In transit to first site out of about 10 overall. With each working … Read more

Mars sample return: Could Red Planet life contaminate Earth?

Conceptual drawing of a Mars Sample Retrieval Lander. (Image credit: NASA) The robotic return of pristine samples from the surface of Mars has been a holy grail goal of Red Planet investigators for many, many years. Over that time, strategies for returning Mars collectibles have ranged from “grab and go” acquisition from the surface to … Read more

Astronauts Have Distinct Brain Changes Even Months After They Return to Earth

Flung into freefall for months on end, our bodies adjust in ways that makes for a long list of health concerns for space travelers. The latest evaluation of microgravity’s warping effect on our biology focuses on the spaces surrounding the blood vessels that weave through our brain, revealing concerning changes that remain with astronauts between … Read more