space exloration http://www.kplu.org en Company unveils plan to mine asteroids for riches http://www.kplu.org/post/company-unveils-plan-mine-asteroids-riches <p>Space-faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron goes as planned.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:40:07 +0000 The Associated Press 4844 at http://www.kplu.org Company unveils plan to mine asteroids for riches NASA considering space station for Mars dry run http://www.kplu.org/post/nasa-considering-space-station-mars-dry-run <p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. &mdash; The International Space Station may provide the setting for a 500-day pretend trip to Mars in another few years.</p><div><p>NASA said Tuesday that consideration is under way to use the space station as a dry run for a simulated trip to and from Mars. It would be patterned after Russia&#39;s mock flight to Mars that lasted 520 days at a Moscow research center. Six men were involved in that study, which ended late last year. They were locked in a steel capsule.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 19:06:14 +0000 The Associated Press 4503 at http://www.kplu.org Cassini spacecraft glimpses new views of moon Rhea http://www.kplu.org/post/cassini-spacecraft-glimpses-new-views-moon-rhea <p>PASADENA, Calif. &mdash; The pockmarked surface of Saturn&#39;s second-largest moon has come into sharper focus in new images released by NASA.</p><p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:11:04 +0000 The Associated Press 4414 at http://www.kplu.org Cassini spacecraft glimpses new views of moon Rhea Boeing engineer practices Mars trip in Utah desert http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-engineer-practices-mars-trip-utah-desert <p>Despite having to endure a broken toilet, lousy food and fifteen days in a cramped research station in the Utah desert, a Boeing engineer says she&#39;s still enthusiastic about one day making a trip to Mars. Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:00:41 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1225 at http://www.kplu.org Boeing engineer practices Mars trip in Utah desert