India has made a huge leap this past week when it launched a rocket to Mars, to do what NASA has done— orbit the red planet and collect massive amounts of data. But whereas the same type of mission would cost billions and billions, India pulled it off for just $73 million, which is peanuts in terms of interplanetary space travel. While most of the technology developed to make it cheap for India was developed by NASA, India’s super cheap Mars still could provide the US and other spacegoing nations a model for more frequent, cheaper travel.
Even though Mars appears to be dry as a bone for the most part, NASA’s Curiosity rover has found that your average Martian soil is 2% water, which is plenty when it comes to providing water for future Martian explorers or inhabitants. Curiosity took some soil from the red planet, heated it up until it produced steam, cooled the steam down and voila— water. Pretty much the same process as condensing alcohol from a still, but with water. And from all that dry dirt, this process could easily be used to provide water for your great-great-great Martian grandchilldren.
Despite some people’s ideas that Earth is the little blue gem from which all life sprouts, new evidence suggests that not only may have Mars developed life much quicker and sooner than Earth, but the seeds of life on our planet may have come from the red planet before it was “the red planet”.
Barbie has had dozens and dozens of careers over the decades. She must be really good at bullshitting on resumes, because she often will go from waitress to brain surgeon to kindergarten teacher to race car driver. In her latest career move, Barbie is going to Mars. Fortunately for everyone, Barbie wouldn’t last a minute in that space suit.
Rejoice brickheads and space exploration fans! Lego will soon be releasing an official NASA Mars Curiosity Rover set. It will be just like building your very own Curiosity rover, only far less expensive and you won’t have to assemble it in a million dollar clean room.
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.