Desert RATS is a NASA team of engineers, geologists, astronauts, and technicians who go into the deserts of Arizona each summer to simulate missions to the Moon, Mars, and Near Earth Objects, which are small asteroids that are near Earth. This is the team that test drives the new Lunar Electric Rover and very futuristic space habitats.
This summer the women and men of Desert RATS are focusing on a mission to a Near Earth Object (NEO), so they are testing space suits, scientific procedures, and a space habitat that would orbit this NEO.
Their twitter handle is @DESERT_RATS and they are definitely a team to follow!
(Image Credit: NASA)
I’m going to try something new on the Planetary Science Tumblelog today:
Space Missions take lots of pictures and they often take them close together. By overlapping two close images, we can make an anaglyph. Since Space is full of 3D stuff, we have lots to cover. Today PlanetSci will bring you two anaglyphs from Mars with NASA’s HiRISE Imager. So get out your red-cyan glasses!
(Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona)