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14/09/2021 18:35:37  

In terms of building materials, Mars has nothing to offer but blood, soil, sweat and tears. And urine. Lots of urine

A group of boffins from the University of Manchester have proposed an innovative if unexpected way of creating structures for any future Mars colony: mixing the bodily fluids of the first colonists with Martian soil to create super-strength concrete.…

14/09/2021 16:35:42  

Impersonation scams and smishing rocket, say UK Finance and Which?

Brits are too polite to tell phone scammers to "get stuffed", "take a hike" or "sling yer 'ook" when they impersonate so-called "trusted organisations" such as banks.…

14/09/2021 16:35:38  

Users’ Advisory Group (UAG) The Users’ Advisory Group (UAG) is a federal advisory committee comprised of experts from outside the United States Government (USG) created as part of the National Space Council (NSpC). The NSpC is an Executive Branch interagency coordinating committee chaired by the Vice President, which is tasked with advising and assisting the President on national space policy and strategy. UAG members provide counsel on any and all space policy issues. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has sponsored the UAG on behalf of the NSpC since 2018. The UAG formally meets publicly up to twice a year. Deliberative meetings are open to the public. Fact-finding meetings continue throughout the year, and are closed to the public. Members are not compensated for their service, although the sponsor does provide logistics, travel, and per diem support. UAG Membership The UAG consists of not more than 30 members who serve as Special Government Employees (individual subject matter experts or consultants) or Representatives (representing industry, other non-Federal entities, and other recognizable groups of persons involved in aeronautical and space activities). Candidates may not be a regular Federal government employee, and must not be registered by the Department of Justice under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FAR), 22 U.S.C. 611 et seq. Additionally, a candidate for a Special Government Employee appointment must not be federally registered as a lobbyist under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1602, as amended. Application Instructions Persons or organizations may nominate individuals for consideration as potential members of the UAG. Interested candidates may also self-nominate. To complete this process, NASA requests that all interested persons or organizations submit a single email attaching the cover letter, resume (including contact information for the individual), and/or professional biography to nominations@spacecounciluag.org. Each document must not exceed one page. The cover letter must be a signed letter saved as a PDF file, indicate the category of membership for which the individual is being nominated (“Representative” or “Special Government Employee”), and contain an affirmative statement that the individual meets all aforesaid requirements. Cover letters for Representative nominations must also indicate why the individual should be considered for membership, and be on the supporting organization’s letterhead. Hard copies such as paper documents sent through postal mail will not be accepted. Please have your nominations submitted by 27 September 2021.
14/09/2021 16:35:36  

Vortices and Dust Devils As Observed by the MEDA Instruments onboard Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover
14/09/2021 16:35:36  

The Timing of Alluvial Fan Formation on Mars
14/09/2021 16:35:35  

Thermophysical and Compositional Analyses of Dunes at Hargraves Crater, Mars
14/09/2021 14:35:52  

Sierra Space and Space Tango to Revolutionize Manufacturing for New Low-Earth Orbit Economy and Create Space Business Opportunities
14/09/2021 14:35:50  

ROSES-21 Amendment 35: Five Physical Sciences Topics Not Solicited This Year
14/09/2021 13:31:47  

Scientists are using the country to test drone tech that could one day explore the planet's terrain.
14/09/2021 01:35:18  

Too early to confirm ancient alien life, but a 'potentially habitable sustained environment,' though...

NASA scientists can breathe a sigh of relief now that Perseverance has successfully collected not one but two Martian rock specimens, after its first attempt to obtain and store a sample failed.…

13/09/2021 21:35:32  

NASA Announcement of Opportunity - Research Operations and Integration (ROI) Deputy Element Scientist for Flight Analogs
13/09/2021 21:35:28  

NASA Announcement of Opportunity - Research Operations and Integration (ROI) Deputy Element Scientist for Flight Analogs
13/09/2021 20:35:50  

NASA SMD: Astrophysics Advisory Committee October 13 and 15, 2021, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
13/09/2021 18:35:32  

This time it's... quite a bit faster

Good news for earthbound Pi-tinkerers hoping to get their code into orbit: a follow-up to 2015's Astro Pi is due to head to the International Space Station (ISS) this year.…

13/09/2021 06:34:51  

NASA's Mars rover Perseverance collected its second rock sample this week — and Friday Caltech's Ken Farley, a project scientist for the mission, announced that they've learned something. "It's a big deal that the water was there a long time." The Perseverance science team already knew a lake once filled the crater; for how long has been more uncertain. The scientists couldn't dismiss the possibility that Jezero's lake was a "flash in the pan": floodwaters could have rapidly filled the impact crater and dried up in the space of 50 years, for example. But the level of alteration that scientists see in the rock that provided the core samples — as well as in the rock the team targeted on their first sample-acquisition attempt — suggests that groundwater was present for a long time. This groundwater could have been related to the lake that was once in Jezero, or it could have traveled through the rocks long after the lake had dried up. Though scientists still can't say whether any of the water that altered these rocks was present for tens of thousands or for millions of years, they feel more certain that it was there for long enough to make the area more welcoming to microscopic life in the past. And they discovered something interesting in the rock samples: salts. These salts may have formed when groundwater flowed through and altered the original minerals in the rock, or more likely when liquid water evaporated, leaving the salts. The salt minerals in these first two rock cores may also have trapped tiny bubbles of ancient Martian water. If present, they could serve as microscopic time capsules, offering clues about the ancient climate and habitability of Mars. Salt minerals are also well-known on Earth for their ability to preserve signs of ancient life.

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10/09/2021 22:34:49  

NASA Awards Contract for Software Licenses, Maintenance, Support
10/09/2021 21:34:28  

NASA Selects Three Space Biology Proposals to Prepare for Future Research on the Surface of the Moon
10/09/2021 21:34:26  

NASA Selects 10 Space Biology Research Projects that will Enable Organisms to Thrive in Deep Space
10/09/2021 21:34:25  

NASA Selects Three Space Biology Proposals to Prepare for Future Research on the Surface of the Moon
10/09/2021 21:34:25  

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for GOES-U Mission
10/09/2021 19:34:28  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List # 966 10 September 2021 (Space Life Science Research Results)
10/09/2021 19:34:24  

NASA Spaceline Current Awareness List # 966 10 September 2021 (Space Life Science Research Results)
10/09/2021 15:34:58  

NASA Invites Media to Next SpaceX Commercial Crew Space Station Launch
09/09/2021 21:34:30  

NASA Innovations Will Help U.S. Meet Sustainable Aviation Goals
09/09/2021 19:34:44  

New Spacesuit Technologies for Moon and Mars Exploration Tested In Oregon Where Apollo Astronauts Once Trained and Tested Spacesuits