Amateur Space Weekly - November 21

Canadian university students control mock Mars rover in Utah, a rare model rocket fatality, teens sending DNA research into orbit, amateur exoplanet discoveries, and more in this week's recap of news in amateur space exploration.

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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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Amateur Space News May 4, 2014

Today’s headlines include high school experiments heading into space, a global volunteer effort to send a rover to the Moon, a student rocketry program, an Indian amateur satellite, cubesats, meteors, Mars, and more.

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Amateur Space News April 30, 2014

Balloons may spend more time in near space, an Irish amateur astronomer discovered a supernova, a Zooniverse co-founder now helps scientists publish code to github, amateur rocketry and satellite news, and more Mars news in today’s headlines.

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Crowdfunding Update April 14, 2014

Weekly notes on space-related crowdfunding projects.

Mars Society analog research stations

The Mars Society operates two Mars analog research stations where professionals and amateurs prepare the world for future missions to Mars. The Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station and the Mars Desert Research Station simulate the facilities of an early outpost on Mars. Six-person mission teams consisting of scientists, engineers, and volunteers live in a habitat module while they test procedures and technologies for Mars exploration. The most ambitious project, Mars Arctic 365, will send six people to live in the Arctic station for a year to simulate a full Mars mission.

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