Panspermia – connecting life on Earth and Mars

Fraser Cain discusses panspermia  : Is Life On Mars Related To Life On Earth? – Universe Today

The planet is hostile to life now, but evidence is mounting that it was once a warm and habitable world, with rivers, lakes and oceans. Mars could have vast reserves of subsurface water, where life could thrive even now.

If we did discover life there, it’s possible that it’s completely unrelated to Earth life. This would demonstrate that life can originate on almost any world, with the right conditions.

It’s also possible that life on Mars is related to Earth, and our two planets share a common ancestor billions of years in the past.

This is a theory called panspermia.

NASA video: Research in space from Skylab to Station

A NASA video about scientific research and human spaceflight

Skylab was America’s first space station, taking scientific research to new heights and proving humankind could live and work in space for long periods of time. Skylab set the stage for the work conducted today on the International Space Station, where scientists use more advanced technology, a foundation of knowledge and more time to conduct experiments in space, free from Earth’s gravity. This work can be applied to benefit humankind both on Earth and in space, as we prepare to explore deeper into our solar system.

Last Chance – Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition

A message from Jack Colpas The Rocketman:

Less than 2 months to get your kids into the 7th annual Reach for the Stars ~ National Rocket Competition.   

Deadline August 31st

To help you get started we are including a FREE Launch Set (value over $25) with every order for one dozen or more Competitor Packs (less than $14 each)

Competitor Packs include: rocket kit, supplies for 2 launches, certificate & Registration in the national competition.

Total cost – $165 for 12 Competitor Packs & Launch Set – delivered to you.
Available from Estes or Quest.

Competition is held at your location. No travel hassle or expense.

E-mail or call for details.   Limited time offer

 Your kids can’t win it – if they’re not in it!

Blueprint posters of famous space hardware

The firm Artifactory Replicas –  From the Ground Up – makes and sells reproductions of NASA blueprints taken from source materials in the public domain.  They call them Aero Art Prints.   The “digitally enhanced prints eliminate water stains, wrinkles, and tears, resulting in a pristine work of art”.

For example, they offer a 18” H x 12” W poster of a Saturn V F-1 engine blueprint:

Saturn V F-1 Engine blueprint

There is a 18” H x 32” W poster of a Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) Component Layout Blueprint:

Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) Component Layout Blueprint

Other posters include: