(And yes, I know the name: Asteroid Hunter, but don’t laugh; it’s a seriously goofy name.) NASA says that some projects might be worth a more serious look. A searchable database from NASA’s Planetary Science User Group will go live soon. The database will have a list of all projects that are likely to be evaluated in the next round of the Artemis Evaluation.
Space-Bound Bats in Space
You might think all of these missions would go together, but it’s actually quite different. First, two of the four spacecraft are designed for landings. In addition, the Mars Pathfinder will launch from one of three launch sites. Also, there’s no specific timeline for a landing. Of the three, it’s actually a little hard to see which one will land first.
MOSCA: The Martian City On Mars
Also known as a base-building experiment, MOSCA will be a series of floating buildings that will function as Martian communities in zero gravity. MOSCA will use a number of components to build out a Martian city. One such piece is the planetarium . Another is a “pile”. Together, they will form an entire city, and we can imagine building this planet into what might be our future home.
Mars Science Laboratory: Mars Inflatable Space Habitat
Space Habitats can give us a glimpse into the Martian environment - and the human heart. This one would take the idea of a Mars habitat and make it come to life in an incredible way that looks like a giant, inflatable castle - if people could get enough of them. Space Habitat would be made out of a lightweight, transparent polymer but would be constructed to be self-durable. It would also feature a special oxygen system to keep your home air-tight and safe (so make sure you have a spare). The whole project costs $100 million, and it can be built in just three years.