Tag Archives: Mars

Microbes: Martian miners of the future?

In the world of ‘Emerging Tech’, asteroid mining is an idea that won’t go away. As we whittle away our resources here on Earth, many companies are looking to the orbiting lumps of rock in our Solar System as the … Continue reading

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Microbe Talk: October 2015

This month’s podcast is all about microbes in remote and hostile environments. Ben spoke to Dr Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist from the University of Leicester, about NASA’s recent announcement that there is liquid water on Mars. Lewis told us more about … Continue reading

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NASA, the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, and the extremotolerant bacteria

If you’re sending a probe to another planet, how can you ensure that there are no microbes hitching a lift? I spoke to Dr Parag Vaishampayan from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena about this, and a discovery he … Continue reading

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