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New grants seek to expand telehealth throughout the state

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Updated 2/18/21, 12:04 p.m.

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A NASA rover streaked through the orange Martian sky and landed on the planet Thursday, accomplishing the riskiest step yet in an epic quest to bring back rocks that could answer whether life ever existed on Mars.

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On last week's episode, we heard about the loss of the Kepler Space Telescope, and this week on Stargazer,  HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips about a new piece of astronomy hardware.  

Find other features and interviews from Dave Lawrence.

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This week, NASA scientists explained how a new volcanic island in the South Pacific could help them figure out where to look for signs of life on Mars. More from Neal Conan in today’s Pacific News Minute.

Bytemarks Café: Hi-SEAS Update

Feb 22, 2017
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  We’ll catch up with the latest batch of Mars explorers in Hi-SEAS, or the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation. With a new crew spending 8 months on Mauna Loa, we’ll find out what new experiments are on their manifest during this long-duration mission.

Bytemarks Café: Training For Mars

Sep 23, 2015
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Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll learn about the latest cohort of scientists devoting a year of isolation in a simulated Mars habitat. We’ll find out what new challenges face this group and how NASA might take what they learn and apply it to an actual mission to Mars.

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We’ve got a trio of planets to try and spot through the evening this week, a well-known satellite cruises past, and we return to the Red Planet for an update on one of our missions there as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Mauna Kea Astronomy Outreach Committee for this week’s Stargazer report.

Below is the latest Curiosity Rover report video by NASA (for December 8th):

Back to Reality: Researchers Return from Mars Study

Jul 28, 2014
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University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

A crew of scientists is coming back to the real world this week. They’ve been living inside a remote habitat 8,200 feet atop Mauna Loa. They’re part of a NASA-funded study to simulate what it’s like to live on Mars. HPR’s Molly Solomon explains.

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We’ve got Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus for viewing, the ISS passes over the islands and we learn about weather on Mars as HPR’s Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips from the Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo for today’s Stargazer report.

Below, see material shot in August 2011 displaying warm-season weather on Mars. Scientists think it could demonstrate evidence of salty liquid water still active on the planet today:

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Flickr / J.Gabás Esteban

Just last month, lawmakers, academics and space experts gathered in Honolulu to discuss the development of an aerospace industry in Hawaii. At the same time, Alaska and Hawaii announced a joint program to develop miniature satellites and other aerospace technology. In central Asia, India’s space program is taking a major step this week—to Mars. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Food Researchers Wrap Up Mission to "Mars"

Aug 14, 2013
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Flickr / University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

Researchers have been living inside a remote habitat 8,000 feet atop Mauna Loa. They’re part of a NASA-funded study to simulate what it’s like to live on Mars. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

You can find more information on the study at the HI-SEAS website.