December 11, 2018

Mars Cube One: Exploring Pale Blue Dot Redux

A ‘pretty pair…’ credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

What’s in a picture? A brand new robotic scout recently looked homeward, snapping a portrait of our place in space. The view was courtesy of the Mars Cube One mission, which launched with the Mars InSight lander recently from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 5th, 2018. [Read more...]

Going to Mars: Reality Versus Reality TV

The harsh reality that is Mars.

(Photos by author).

How is Mars One like Amway?

Last month, the Mars One project announced that its initial candidate pool of 600 candidates had been whittled down to 100. Excitement then swirled around the ‘net and the space community immediately following the announcement, as local media plugged the candidates selected for future Martian colonization.

But is Mars One a project destined to settle a brave new world, or a modern day pipe dream? [Read more...]

Astro-Vid Of the Week: Happy Birthday Mars Odyssey!

Mars Odyssey as seen from Mars Global Surveyor in 2005.

Credit: NASA

An often overlooked but crucial mission celebrates its 13th full year in space today. On April 7th, 2001, a Delta II rocket lifted off into the late Florida morning from Cape Canaveral carrying the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Mars Odyssey was designed to study Mars from orbit and reached the Red Planet on October 24th of the same year. [Read more...]

Review: Destination Mars.

On sale now!

Early this August, a historical event will occur. A rover launched last Thanksgiving weekend will descend via sky crane to the surface of Mars. After the first “six-minutes off terror,” the Mars Science Laboratory will be ready to do some serious science on the Red Planet. [Read more...]