Could Cosmic Rays Threaten Mars Missions?

Thousands of people have volunteered for a potential mission to Mars, but if any of them end up making the trip, they might lose a few brain cells along the way. New research out of UC Irvine finds that exposure to cosmic rays during the long journey, expected to take about six to eight months, … Read more Could Cosmic Rays Threaten Mars Missions?

West Antarctic glacier loss appears unstoppable

A rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in irreversible decline, with nothing to stop the entire glacial basin from disappearing into the sea, according to researchers at UC Irvine and NASA. The new study presents multiple lines of evidence — incorporating 40 years of observations that six massive glaciers … Read more West Antarctic glacier loss appears unstoppable

Building robots to land on Saturn’s moons

Landing an unmanned robot on another planet can be quite a feat and can end up being quite a complex process.  Scientists want to make this process easier but also allow us to explore worlds that are currently too difficult to land on. UC Berkeley professor Alice Agogino is working with doctoral students to build what … Read more Building robots to land on Saturn’s moons