A crew of scientists is coming back to the real world this week. They’ve been living inside a remote habitat 8,200 feet atop Mauna Loa. They’re part of a NASA-funded study to simulate what it’s like to live on Mars. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.
Just last month, lawmakers, academics and space experts gathered in Honolulu to discuss the development of an aerospace industry in Hawaii. At the same time, Alaska and Hawaii announced a joint program to develop miniature satellites and other aerospace technology. In central Asia, India’s space program is taking a major step this week—to Mars. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.
Among the many ideas for Hawaii's future is the possibility of playing a bigger role in the commercial space launch industry. It's been under consideration for years, to compete with other states wanting to attract new industries. As for a location, the leading contender appears to be the Kona International Airport. HPR's Sherry Bracken tells us more.
We’ve got Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus for viewing, the ISS passes over the islands and we learn about weather on Mars as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.
Below, see material shot in August 2011 displaying warm-season weather on Mars. Scientists think it could demonstrate evidence of salty liquid water still active on the planet today: