Emanuel A. “Emil” Skrabek, a Baltimore-born spacecraft engineer who co-invented a thermoelectric material that powered the Mars Curiosity Rover and other space probes, died of progressive supranuclear palsy and Parkinson’s disease at his home in Lutherville on March 14, his family said. He was 85.
While many Americans may not be concerned with how their DirecTV or XM satellite radio makes it to their home or car, this is the daily burden of engineers and technicians at Saft, a company in Cockeysville that develops some of the nation's most high-tech batteries for use in communications satellites, weather balloons, rocket ships, military Humvees and tanks and even Formula One race cars
In March, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft achieved its 10th anniversary in orbit around the red planet. With six other active missions from three nations currently either on the planet's surface or orbiting it, I thought now would be a good time to review the current state of Mars exploration, and developing plans for future manned missions.
A satellite that has been speeding toward Mars for the past 10 months slammed on the brakes last night, gliding into the red planet's gravity field to spend a year studying its atmosphere – and collect evidence it might once have supported life.
State officials announced a partnership with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on Monday that aims to attract and grow companies that can help support space missions or adapt NASA technology for other commercial purposes.
Comet ISON is sweeping past Mars more closely than it will ever get to Earth on Tuesday, providing an observing opportunity that could show whether the comet will be visible in our night sky later this year.
Robert S. Kraemer, former director of Planetary Exploration at NASA who was also an expert in rocket engines, died Tuesday at Brightview Assisted-Living in Catonsville from complications of a fall. He was 84.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Unusual proteins within microbes allow the organisms to survive in cold and salty conditions in Antarctica, and could in theory help support life on Mars as well, according to NASA-funded study at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.