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The mission is set to be complete by 2017

MIT students have joined other universities in a project that aims to send Earth-like mementos to Mars within the next three years.
 
According to The Boston Globe, the students have announced a mission called Time Capsule to Mars, which is the first crowd-funded, student-led, interplanetary mission. The idea came from last year's Humans 2 Mars summit in Washington, where the students noticed that many attendees were more interested in the fame that comes with landing on Mars rather than the knowledge that comes with it. 
 
That's why the MIT students want to send three small satellites -- called CubeSats -- to Mars by 2017. The satellites will carry messages, photos, audio clips, and videos representative of what Earth is like in 2014. 
 
It won't be easy, as new technologies will be used to carry the Earthly items. For instance, the students will test a new propulsion method to get the 26½-pound satellites to Mars. Communication and the health of the spacecraft are other major concerns.


[SOURCE: Red Orbit]

Students participating the project -- which include those from MIT, Duke University, Stanford University, and the University of Connecticut -- are working with Explore Mars (a Boston-area nonprofit that promotes Mars exploration) as well as NASA, Lockheed Martin and Boeing.
 
The project is expected to cost $25 million USD.
 
“We wanted to remind people we go to space to push forward humanity,” said Emily Briere, a Duke senior who is the mission director. “We think space exploration is a natural avenue to explore that has endless rewards to people on Earth.”

Source: The Boston Globe



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wow
By Reclaimer77 on 6/25/14, Rating: 0
RE: wow
By w8gaming on 6/26/2014 4:55:37 AM , Rating: 2
Whatever being sent might carry some Earth microscopic life forms, which millions of years later (if civilizations on Earth was somehow destroyed and never landed on Mars), might evolve into another form of sentient beings, which one day thought to themselves, "are we alone in the universe and why no other life form ever visited us?".

Yeah, I know, Mars is too dry. But maybe another kind of life form not exactly based on carbon and water might evolve.


RE: wow
By danjw1 on 6/26/2014 9:31:04 AM , Rating: 2
Umm, maybe you haven't heard, but we have sent a number of missions to Mars.


RE: wow
By Schrag4 on 6/26/2014 1:46:25 PM , Rating: 2
If that's true, the Sierra Club should block any further attempt for us to put anything on Mars. We wouldn't want to introduce anything to Mars that might interfere with whatever life, if any, exists, right?


RE: wow
By BRB29 on 6/26/2014 10:02:23 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
So we're going to spend $26m to essentially litter Mars with crap from Earth for the noble goal of "just because we can".


With your thinking, mankind would never have gotten past caveman status.


RE: wow
By Reclaimer77 on 6/26/2014 11:55:19 AM , Rating: 3
How can you possibly justify that quip? I'm all for going to Mars to do USEFUL things!

I'm stating that, in my opinion, this money could go toward much more useful endeavors.

Are you saying this is on par with the Voyager program? Or any number of Mars probes and rovers that have done actual useful science and exploration there?


RE: wow
By kattanna on 6/26/2014 10:57:55 AM , Rating: 2
from the limited copying done here of the original article, i would agree, but read the actual linked article

quote:
For the design, launch, flight communications, and vehicle controls — all of which students from MIT, Duke University, Stanford University, and the University of Connecticut will lead


so the students will get actual hands on learning in the processes that are needed to do space flight, which is HIGHLY useful.

quote:
Astronauts Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin , Kent Rominger, and Charlie Precourt are serving as some of the project’s advisers.


hell.. the chance to meet buzz.. is worth the price of admission for me..LOL


RE: wow
By daboom06 on 6/26/2014 11:02:31 AM , Rating: 2
they're using new technology to send the crap to mars. they're developing new techniques for interplanetary travel. i draw a line between science and engineering, but it certainly is useful engineering work.


I sends it too!
By eBob on 6/25/2014 6:30:15 PM , Rating: 2
I like to beats my feets on the Martian regolith!




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