Mar 31

Digestione Anaerobica per applicazioni spaziali dalla canapa industriale

La digestione anaerobica è un processo biologico dovuto alla decomposizione microbica di residui organici in assenza di ossigeno molecolare (O2). Tale processo determina principalmente la formazione di due prodotti: metano (CH4) e biossido di carbonio (CO2). L’insieme combinato da origine al biogas, e permette la valorizzazione energetica di un opportuno substrato. Tra i vari substrati […]

Mar 12

Rinviato lancio Exomars

Il lancio del rover ExoMars verso Marte, previsto per luglio 2020, slitta a ottobre 2022. Lo  ha annunciato in una conferenza via streaming Jan Wörner, direttore generale  dell’Agenzia Spaziale Europea. Il rinvio si è reso necessario a causa di problemi critici  emersi durante i test con i paracadute ed è stato condiviso con l’agenzia spaziale russa  Roscosmos. Il rover, […]

Feb 19


Exactly a year from now, a capsule will come hurtling through the atmosphere of Mars with the Americans’ next big rover. If it survives the “seven minutes of terror” that describe its descent to the surface, the new robot promises a very different mission to all those that have gone before it. The rover will […]

Feb 12

Mars City State Design Competition Announced

The Mars Society is pleased to announce the holding of an international contest for the best design plan of a Mars city state of 1,000,000 people. There will be a prize of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second, $2,500 for third, $1,000 for fourth and $500 for fifth. In addition, the top 20 papers […]

Feb 6

Luca Parmitano: return to Earth

ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano touched down in the Kazakh Steppe at 09:12 GMT , 6 February 2020 after his second six-month mission on the International Space Station. Luca returned to Earth in the Russian Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft alongside US astronaut Christina Koch and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov. During his second mission, known as ‘Beyond’, Luca […]

Feb 3

Mystery at Mars’s Pole Explained

A new study from Caltech suggests that the theory, developed by physicist Robert B. Leighton and planetary scientist Bruce C. Murray, may indeed be correct. Carbon dioxide makes up more than 95 percent of Mars’s atmosphere, which has a surface pressure of only 0.6 percent that of Earth. Direct sunlight on the CO2 ice deposited at the poles leads to its sublimation . Leighton […]

Jan 31

NASA invites public to vote on name for Mars 2020 rover

A panel of volunteer judges, including educators, professionals and space enthusiasts around the United States, selected 155 semifinalists after evaluating more than 28,000 submissions in NASA’s «Name the Rover» essay contest open to U.S. students in kindergarten through 12th grade. NASA winnowed down the list to nine finalists and announced the prospective names Tuesday. Members of the public […]

Jan 31

Welcome Cyprus!

We welcome the new chapter of the Mars Society in Cyprus

Jan 19

Martian water could disappear faster than expected

An international research team,1 led partly by CNRS researcher Franck Montmessin, has just revealed that water vapour is accumulating in large quantities and unexpected proportions at an altitude of over 80 km in the Martian atmosphere.Measurements showed that large atmospheric pockets are even in a state of supersaturation, with the atmosphere containing 10 to 100 […]