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Cavemen on Mars?

Cavemen on Mars?

Aouda.X test in the Kopperbrüller cave at Obertraun, Austria Some of the first documents of human history are paintings found in caves, like in the Spanish Altamira cave. Those paintings date back to 30 000 years! So what does this […]
Shenzhou-7 launch

Shenzhou-7 launch

Shenzhou is the name of the spaceship of the Chinese manned space program. Translated it means divine vessel. After initial tests (Shenzhou 1-4) Col. Yang Liwei was the first Chinese to be in space, which was aboard Shenzhou-5 in 2003. […]
China Great Wall Industries talks with Austrian Space Forum

China Great Wall Industries talks with Austrian Space Forum

On Monday – May 26th, 2008 – Austrian Space Forum took a further step onward to establish international cooperation. During the visit of Europe of an eight-persons-delegation from China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) Austrian Space Forum seized the chance […]
End-of-Mission Summary, 2006-04-22

End-of-Mission Summary, 2006-04-22

Commander Norbert Frischauf summarizes the first all-Austrian MDRS mission, in April 2006.  182 people applied to become a crew member of the AustroMars mission, 6 + 3 back-up crew member were selected and were 3 weeks in Utah at the […]
Commander’s Report # 20, 2006-04-21

Commander’s Report # 20, 2006-04-21

2006-04-21, 2100h MST AustroMars Mission Sol 14: “Operation Edelweiss acomplished!” The last day of the AustroMars Mission saw a final that was absolutely in alignment with this remarkable mission. Beside of the usual communication issues with our primary satellite connection, […]
Commander’s Report # 19, 2006-04-20

Commander’s Report # 19, 2006-04-20

2006-04-20, 2100h MST AustroMars Mission Sol 13:  “13 is a lucky number!” They say that 13 is an unlucky number, but this Sol number 13 was one of my luckiest days in the MDRS. All was triggered by a special […]
Commander’s Report # 18, 2006-04-19

Commander’s Report # 18, 2006-04-19

2006-04-19, 2100h MST AustroMars Mission Sol 12: “A Long-Duration geological Scouting Mission” Today was a real hay day for three of our crew members, when Gernot Grömer, our Health and Safety Officer, acting also as EVA Commander, Christian Hutsteiner, the […]
Commander’s Report # 17, 2006-04-18

Commander’s Report # 17, 2006-04-18

2006-04-16, 1900h MST AustroMars Mission Sol 11: “Alpine rescueing on Mars” Imagine a Mars expedition on top of the Tharsis volcanoes or at the Vallis Marineris. What happens if one of the astronauts slips and breaks himself an arm or […]
Commander’s Report # 15, 2006-04-16

Commander’s Report # 15, 2006-04-16

2006-04-16, 1900h MST AustroMars Mission Sol 9: “Geology, Biology and Exploration after all” Only five sols to go, it is incredible how quickly time can fly when one is in the MDRS. Today saw the first real planned anomaly by […]
Commander’s Report # 14, 2006-04-15

Commander’s Report # 14, 2006-04-15

  AustroMars Mission Sol 8: “Sand, Stones and Wings” Halftime at AustroMars. After our recharging day yesterday, we were set back to full speed by our Mission Control Center (MCC) in Salzburg. This could easily be seen by the fact […]