This is the first Martian Soil newsletter going out on auto pilot, while I’m out for the weekend. A tiny taste of what NASA went through during those Seven Minutes of Terror when Curiosity landed? OK, maybe the consequences aren’t quite as grave.
Two Mars themed conferences had announcements this week. In the US, NASA Lead Scientist for Mars Exploration, Michael Meyer, will speak
at the big annual Mars Society Convention (August 23-26th, Pasadena) on current and future planning for Mars missions.
In Europe, the Italian Mars Society announced Mars to Earth 2018
(May 11-12th, Milan), a new conference focusing on research on Mars, for development on Earth. Pretty good scope to keep things practical!
In other space news, we had our latest case of alien life frenzy, when a researcher claimed to have spotted fossils in a Curiosity pic, which NASA rebuked by saying it’s the result of crystal growth
. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, so I only get into these stories via articles that counter or caution the validity of them over on the Martian Soil Twitter
Oh, and the Lockheed Martin CEO is very, very bullish
about the company’s continued involvement in ‘every mission to Mars’.