PISCES Robotic International Space Mining Competition
STEM Aerospace Research Scholars
Research Investigating Dust Explusion Removal Systems
QUESTION: What makes the ‘Red Planet’ red?
Answer: Mars gets its reddish hue from the iron-rich dust that covers its surface. The loose dust and rock (also known as ‘regolith’) rusted – likely millions of years ago when liquid water was present on the planet – giving it a reddish color visible all the way from Earth. Today, giant dust storms carry clouds of it all over the surface. If you were to stand on the surface of the Red Planet, the sky would appear red too!
Hōkū `ae`a: means ‘planet’ (literally translated as ‘wandering star’)
The Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems, or PISCES, is a Hawaii State Government Aerospace Agency located in beautiful Hilo, Hawaii.
The Center is part of the State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism (DBEDT) and conducts environmentally safe tests on Hawaii’s volcanic terrain to validate advanced space technologies under the jurisdiction of the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR).