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NASA examines problems Astronauts on Mars could face talking with experts back on Earth

 

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationMountain View, CA – NASA’s BASALT project finds that science experts on this planet will be able to guide astronauts’ scientific exploration on Mars while it’s happening, despite a sometimes 40-minute round-trip lag in communications with Earth. But the devil’s in the details – and there are a lot of them.

A scene that first played out on the Moon in 1972 happened again, years later, in Hawaii. While exploring the lunar surface, Apollo 17 astronaut and geologist Harrison Schmitt spotted some bright orange soil – an important clue about the Moon’s volcanic history. You can hear the excitement in his voice in recordings, but mission control in Houston couldn’t see what was so remarkable in the video beamed back to Earth.

Two BASALT project researchers take on the role of astronauts exploring Mars to collect scientific samples, during a simulated human space mission in 2016. Conducted on Hawaii’s volcanic terrain, which bears similarities to landscapes on Mars, this research is designing and developing elements of future missions. (NASA)

Two BASALT project researchers take on the role of astronauts exploring Mars to collect scientific samples, during a simulated human space mission in 2016. Conducted on Hawaii’s volcanic terrain, which bears similarities to landscapes on Mars, this research is designing and developing elements of future missions. (NASA)

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Rakkasan Soldiers presented medals for Valor

 

By Army Pfc. Christopher McKenna
3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT), PAO

The Logo of the 101st Airborne DivisionFOB SALERNO, Afghanistan (May 13th 2010) – Many Soldiers have received Bronze Stars and Army Commendation Medals, but relatively few know the pride that comes with adding the small metal “V” to the ribbon – a device that denotes the award was presented for acts of valor.

On May 12, 11 more Soldiers learned what it felt like to have their courage publicly recognized when they received awards with “V” Devices at a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, where U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, was on hand to present awards.

Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and Col. Viet Luong, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stand in front of the brigade headquarters building, May 12, with a group of Soldiers whom received award for valor. There were three Bronze Star Medal’s with “V” Device as well as eight Army Commendation Meal’s with “V” Device awarded. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Christopher McKenna)

Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and Col. Viet Luong, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stand in front of the brigade headquarters building, May 12, with a group of Soldiers whom received award for valor. There were three Bronze Star Medal’s with “V” Device as well as eight Army Commendation Meal’s with “V” Device awarded. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Christopher McKenna)

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