Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Completes Expedition

Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Completes Expedition

Earlier this month I wrote about how pro-am teams from India and Australia are conducting Mars analog research in the Mars Society of Australia’s Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge. The 16-day expedition concluded on July 20. Here are some highlights from the expedition diary and other sources:

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Australians and Indians Use Mars Tech to Search for Radioactive Slime

Australians and Indians Use Mars Tech to Search for Radioactive Slime

The Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Expedition is underway in the Australian desert. The Mars Society of Australia conducts the robotics expeditions to evaluate technologies and exploration techniques that future astronauts may use on Mars.

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Amateur Space News Roundup May 23, 2014

Amateur Space News Roundup May 23, 2014

Amateurs search for asteroids and meteorites and sign a deal with Nasa to rescue a space probe; high school students test zero-g hardware for Nasa and elementary school students build and launch rockets; Noaa recruits weather-watchers; even scientists want to join Mars One.

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Amateur Space News Roundup May 22, 2014

Amateur Space News Roundup May 22, 2014

Today's headlines include student rocket contests, high school CanSats, university high-altitude balloons, crowdsourcing weather and astronomy, and the daily dose of Mars One candidate profiles.

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Amateur Space News May 19, 2014

Amateur Space News May 19, 2014

Today’s headlines include Australian students exploring Near Space, follow up on the student rocketry championships, crowdfunded lunar landers, meteors over the American South, amateur astronomy youth programs… and local Mars One reports.

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CanSats: Satellites-in-a-can lets students do space research

Space agencies and space companies often complain that too many young engineers graduate without any practical experience. CanSats let universities give students experience with all stages of a space-related mission: proposal, design, engineering, launch, data acquisition, analysis, and report. These satellites-in-a-can may not actually reach Outer Space, but they give college students - and high school students - experience they need to work on real space missions.

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Amateur Space News April 23, 2014

Today’s recap includes new opportunities for middle and high school research on the International Space Station, ninth graders using rocketry to learn physics, professional and amateur astrophotographers working together, and a talk about Mars in New Zealand.

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Radio Jove Student Radio Telescope

Get a radio telescope kit from Nasa and listen to Jupiter’s magnetic storms. The Radio Jove Project created a do-it-yourself kit with little more than a wire and some basic electronics, but the simple telescope will introduce you to the strange world of radio astronomy.

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Restoring Historic Radio Telescopes

Today’s state-of-the art technologies become tomorrow’s obsolete castoffs as scientific frontiers advance. Radio telescopes built in the 1950’s and 1960’s pioneered radio astronomy and tracked spacecraft during the early Space Age. Groups of amateurs restored several historic telescopes to conduct amateur and student radio astronomy research.

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Fireballs in the Sky Tracks Meteors with your Smartphone

Use your smartphone to help scientists find pieces of asteroids and planets here on Earth. Fireballs in the Sky, an app for Android and iOS, lets people report large meteors streaking through the night sky. Scientists use the data to triangulate the meteor’s path and find meteorites that reach the ground.

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