Tagged: Mars

NASA's Curiosity is on Mars safely – so now what? - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 07, 2012

By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, University of Melbourne At 3.31pm today (AEST) the NASA control room in Pasadena, California erupted after people heard these three simple words: “touchdown signal detected”. This diminutive sentence signalled that the Curiosity rover had safely landed on Mars. After a “picture perfect launch” on November 26 last year and a 254 day voyage to … Read More

Kiwimars Science:Water, water everywhere – but not a drop to drink! - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge May 06, 2012

Evidence of water-erosion on the martian surface As interesting as the martian atmosphere is, there’s one compound that’s presence is probably more important than all the others combined: water. Whilst some early astronomers convinced themselves they saw vast canal systems on the martian surface, it wasn’t till Mariner 9 reached the red planet in 1971 that direct evidence of the … Read More

Kiwimars 2012: Kiwis doing what Kiwis should - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Apr 25, 2012

An example of Kiwis participating in the sort of forward-thinking science that we need to attract  and retain talent in New Zealand is the 2012 Kiwimars crew. Supported by the ‘Kiwispace Foundation‘, Kiwimars is a 2 week expedition where 4 New Zealanders (and 2 Australians) travel to NASA’s Mars Desert Research Station in the … Read More

nerd nite Wellington 10, featuring Mars, quantum mechanics and Mad Makers - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Apr 03, 2012

This month’s edition of nerd nite Wellington looks to be a cracker. Or, possibly, a corker.     To celebrate the 10th edition,we’ve got people talking about making mad gadgets (and noises with them), KiwiMars and quantum mechanics. April 23rd, from 6pm. And two of them are Scibloggers!  Elf Eldridge and Roger Hanson, to be [...] … Read More