After analyzation of a sample of soil underneath the red dust of Mars, scientists at NASA have confirmed that parts of the red planet might once have been home to all kinds of microbial life in the shallow streams of Mars a long, long, long time ago. The sample is gray clay from what used to be a stream bed, and it’s chock full of all kinds of chemicals from a freshwater environment.
Last month, billionaire Dennis Tito said that he wants to send a married couple on a trip around Mars and back, a journey of 500 days in a tiny tin can floating through space. For the mission, it can’t just be any couple— preferably, you’d want two people who have experience living in extreme isolation for long periods of time without killing each other. Rolf and Deborah Shapiro have done just that, having spent 15 months alone in Antarctica, just for the fuck of it.
On a 500 day manned mission to Mars, there’s a lot of things that could go wrong, including high levels of radiation in outer space. But future Mars astronauts could be shielded from radiation on their trip with a shield of their own poop. Star Trek never did that.
Billionaire space tourist guy Dennis Tito wants to help be one of the first people to launch people to Mars in 2018. Instead of a single person or a crew of several, Tito’s idea is to send a married couple in orbit around Mars, because being married is a guarantee that someone won’t get murdered when you’re stuck in a tin can for 500 days in space.
Curiosity has been living up to its name up there on the red planet, using its eyes and claws to look at Mars in ways we’ve never seen before. And it’s found some unusual stuff, like this metallic looking shiny object poking out of the dirt. ALIENS!
In another outer space tech first, this past week, the Curiosity rover became the first manmade object to drill into the surface of another world when it drilled out a 2.5” deep circle of exposed bedrock on the Martian surface.
Now that Curiosity has seen a couple sights and thoroughly tested out much of its equipment, it’s time to get down to serious business. And that serious business is drilling down into the surface of Mars to see what’s under the hood. And since this will be the first time we’ve ever actually drilled down into a rock on the surface of any planet, this could be a really big deal.
Curiosity has been pretty much a rock star for NASA, constantly meeting or exceeding expectations of the super high tech Martian lab on wheels. But never one to rest on their laurels, NASA is already planning its next Mars rover in 2020.
Mars One is planning a one-way trip to Mars in 2023 and there are tons of people lining up to go. There’s no way back, so it means you’d die on Mars, but would you go?