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Chris Carberry

Entries by Chris Carberry

Enabling 'The Martian'

(32) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 2:29 PM

Three years ago this week, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, better known as the Curiosity rover, touched down on the surface of Mars. It did so only after the now famous "7 Minutes of Terror," a harrowing journey through the Martian atmosphere, utilizing a revolutionary entry, descent, and landing technique never...

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Já deveríamos estar em Marte! Por que não estamos?

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2015 | 10:42 AM

O avanço da humanidade no espaço não seguiu exatamente o caminho previsto. Nas décadas de 1960 e 1970, os futuristas e os filmes de ficção científica, como 2001: Uma Odisseia no Espaço ou o seriado Space 1999, davam como certo que voos espaciais regulares com passageiros, bases na Lua, exploração...

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왜 인류는 아직도 화성에 발을 딛지 못했나?

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:51 PM

우주를 향한 인류의 희망은 예측만큼 순조롭게 이루어지지 않았다. 6~70년대에는 미래 전문가들은 물론 '2001년 스페이스 오디세이'같은 영화나 TV 시리즈 '스페이스 1999년'가 21세기로 넘어가기 전에 인류가 달에 기지를 세우고 다른 행성을 탐험할 수 있을 거라고 예측했다. 그런데 지금 현실은 당시의 기대에 한참 모자란다. 물론 당대의 기대가 그저 환상이었다고 할 수도 있겠지만 아무런...

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We Were Supposed to Be on Mars by Now! Why Aren't We?

(264) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 10:01 AM

Humanity's advancement into space has not progressed quite as predicted. In the 1960s and 1970s, futurists, as well as science fiction movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey or the old campy television show, Space 1999, took it for granted that regular passenger flights, moon bases, interplanetary exploration, and other extraordinary advancements in space would...

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Do We Have What It Takes to Explore Space?

(11) Comments | Posted November 20, 2014 | 9:04 AM

The recent accidents at Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences have stimulated an important discussion not only for space exploration, but also for our national economic future: What level of risk are we willing to accept in order to advance technology and exploration?

We are all saddened by...

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Mars: It's All About the Life

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:45 AM

Life on Mars is inevitable. Now, such a statement may sound audacious, farfetched, and maybe even just a little bit crazy. It might be viewed as being just a wild prognostication about finding extraterrestrial microbial life on Mars -- but it is based firmly in the realm of reality.


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It's Time We Commit to Send Humans to Mars

(73) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 7:38 AM

There is growing support for human missions to Mars within the next two decades. This has been fueled by the remarkable success of NASA missions such as the Curiosity rover as well as a growing desire that our nation show that we are still capable of bold and historic endeavors....

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One Year of Curiosity - Are We Any Closer to Sending Humans to Mars?

(20) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 3:16 PM

One year ago, the world watched as the Curiosity rover was lowered to the Martian surface in one of the most spectacular engineering feats ever attempted. People assembled for special landing parties all around the globe; hundreds of people gathered after 1:00 a.m. in Times Square in New York to...

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Mars: The Next International Destination

(116) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 9:17 PM

The international community is longing for the next big cooperative goal in space exploration. There have been modest partnerships in space since the 1960s -- growing during the Space Shuttle era -- but the International Space Station was a turning point in international cooperation. It was far from a perfect...

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Americans Support Humans to Mars

(55) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:27 AM

A new national poll released two weeks ago helped to characterize the level of American support for Mars exploration. In these complex times, are Americans in favor of human exploration of the Mars? The answer is an unequivocal YES.

Basically over 70 percent of "the" Americans believe that...

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Enter the Mars Generation

(28) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 8:00 AM

We don't know what year humans will set foot on Mars. We don't know what nationality will be first to stand beside their flag on the Martian surface. We can't even be certain how we will get there. However, we do know that it is highly likely that the generation...

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The Politics of Life on Mars

(79) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 8:14 AM

Speculation about life on Mars has been rampant this fall. Rumors that the Mars Curiosity Rover may have found evidence of life on Mars have surfaced twice in the past few weeks. The most recent rumor started when a member of the Curiosity team was quoted as saying that they...

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Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before Sending Humans to Mars -- Some Additional Thoughts

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 9:00 AM

In our post last week, we discussed the question: "How can we explore space when there is so much poverty in the world?" We determined that there is no merit in this question because a focused, goal-oriented space program can have a tremendous impact on STEM education, innovation,...

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Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before We Send Humans to Mars

(218) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:00 AM

As we celebrate the success of the Curiosity rover on Mars and reflect on the remarkable life of Neil Armstrong, it's not hard to imagine what amazing achievements in space exploration can be accomplished/attained in the next few decades. However, not everyone is supportive of exploring space. Skeptics are often...

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Curiosity: The Mars Rover and the Promise of Space Exploration

(41) Comments | Posted August 5, 2012 | 11:25 AM

On the morning of Aug. 6, 2012, Curiosity, the most ambitious and complex robotic rover in space history, will land on the Martian surface. The size of a small SUV, Curiosity, if successful, could help answer questions we have been asking for a century, most notably: Could Mars have ever...

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