Preparing for Life on Mars

Today the NYTimes published a 360° video about a NASA-funded study of isolation designed to help scientists better understand the requirements for a mission to Mars.

Official information about the HI-SEAS (Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) Project can be found on the University of Hawaii website.

An NPR Article on a prior HI-SEAS mission can be found here.

Of course, if NASA wants to know about living on Mars, they could always just ask Matt Damon.

SEVEN Planets Around the Trappist-1 Red Dwarf Star. SEVEN!

Image Credits: NASA-JPL/Caltech

The discovery is just astounding. All of these planets are likely candidates for water. At least three are in the “goldilocks” zone — meaning those planets might have surface water in liquid form.

Of course, they are 40 light years away…which means we’re probably not visiting there anytime soon.  Nevertheless, on a celestial scale, those planets are the same thing as down-the-block neighbors.

More info on the NASA site.