August 22, 2017

Journey to Mars: Our Two Cents

Will this scene ever become reality?

Image credit: SpaceX

Would you go to Mars?

Last week, SpaceX’s Elon Musk made a seemly bold announcement, as  he outlined how humanity could colonize Mars.

It was exhilarating stuff, for sure. Elon’s the closest thing we have to a real-life Tony Stark, one of the new generation of civilization-conscious billionaires, a guy we’d actually like to have a beer with. [Read more...]

Astro-Event: “Occupy Mars!”

Curiosity at Gale… (Artist concept. Credit: NASA/JPL).

It’s not every day that Earthlings land embassaries on another world. This weekend, NASA will go for an eighth landing on the Red Planet as Curiosity touches down in Gale Crater. We were lucky enough to attend our 3rd #NASATweetup for the launch last November, seeing off the Mars Science Laboratory enroute to Mars. And now the big day is finally here. [Read more...]

09.02.11: A (Virtual) Martian Landing.

Ever hoped man would walk on Mars in our lifetime? For the past eight months, a six man crew based in a simulated environment has been headed towards a mock up of just such an event. The program is none other than the Mars 500 mission, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) 500 day “voyage” to the planet Mars. On June 3rd, 2010, six volunteers sequestered themselves in an experimental facility at Moscow’s Institute for Bio-Medical Problems (IBMP) to take part in a study of the physiological and psychological impacts such a long mission would have.

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