Following is a summary of current science news briefs.
In a rocky Israeli crater, scientists simulate life on Mars
From the door of the expedition base, a few small steps to the left an autonomous rover passes by.A few giant leaps to the right is an array of solar panels. The landscape is rocky, hilly, tinged with red. Purposefully it resembles Mars. Here, in the Ramon Crater in the desert of southern Israel, a team of six – five men and one woman – have begun simulating what it will be like to live for about a month on the red planet.
Winds delay Blue Origin’s space launch with Shatner
Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin said on Sunday it had pushed this week’s launch target of its New Shepard vehicle to Wednesday, delaying “Star Trek” actor courses William Shatner’s sojourn to the edge of space by a day.”Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origin’s mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, October 13,” the company said in a statement.