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February 25, 2015

There will be beer on Mars Playboy

The Mars crew hadn’t had water, power or fuel for 24 hours. Communication was down, space suits needed to be repaired and life support systems were not functioning. But the beer? The beer was just fine. Earlier this month a team of scientists and space enthusiasts locked themselves into the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a simulated Red Planet base in Hanksville, Utah. The base is one of four in the world run by the Mars Society, a nonprofit that wants humans to settle on Mars. Thirteen crews of volunteers will rotate through the bases from November 2014 through May 2015, helping advance the science still needed for colonization. At the remote base in Utah, the seven surrogate astronauts were testing vital space research, such as emergency response procedures, extraplanetary terraforming and ballistic-launched aerial imaging. And, of course, how to brew beer on other planets.
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February 23, 2015

Scientific Spring In Isolated Antarctica

In Antarctica, the crew of the French–Italian Concordia research station are preparing for the winter. They have to survive six months of complete isolation – four in darkness because the Sun never rises above the horizon – while they perform science in one of the most barren places on Earth. This year, ESA-sponsored medical doctor Beth Healey will monitor five experiments that are helping to prepare for long-duration missions to explore our Solar System. Living in Concordia is similar in many ways to living in space, where crew are cut off from the world without normal sunlight and live in reduced pressure – Concordia station lies 3200 m above sea level.
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Punjabi girl shortlisted for ‘Mars One’ mission The Tribune

Dubai-based Indian girl Ritika Singh (29) has made it to top 100 under the much-hyped “Mars One” mission launched by a Netherlands-based NGO last year to start human civilization on the Red Planet by 2024. Her family resides in Jalandhar. Her father Narinder Singh is the Deputy Director General, Jalandhar Doordarshan. The adrenaline junkie has been chosen along with other two Indians from among two lakh applicants who participated in the online contest from across the world.
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February 18, 2015

How Science Fiction Will Help Us Go to Mars Mother Jones

While the technology for a manned mission is decades away, our imagination is not. Countless science-fiction books and movies take us to the red planet, often with fantastical results. Andy Weir's novel The Martian is a twist on those tales, offering a near-future account of humanity's third visit to Mars, with an unfortunate accident stranding an astronaut there. Weir blends real science into the adventure, depicting in exquisite detail how astronaut Mark Watney would survive using engineering and ingenuity. The result is an uplifting tale with a generational hero who unites and captivates people across the world. It's currently being adapted into a film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon.
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February 17, 2015

Bellevue man among final candidates for mission to colonize Mars KIRO 7 Eyewitness News

Carl LeCompte spends his days now on the Microsoft campus in Bellevue, but he hopes to live out the rest of his life on Mars. LeCompte just learned he made the cut of 100 for the Mars One project out of Denmark. Mars One plans to send 24 people to build a colony on Mars -- with the first crew of four arriving in 2025. LeCompte is a single, 28-year-old computer programmer who became enamored with life on another planet when he read “Dune” as a second grader. He was one of 200,000 initial applicants in 2013. Since then he’s been through a series of applications, online interviews, and even had to get a doctor’s write-off.
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Towering Plume Spotted on Mars Remains a Mystery Time

It’s not often astronomers are completely stumped—especially when it comes to Mars. The planet that once held nothing but mysteries has been yielding up more and more of its secrets, thanks to the storm of probes we’ve sent its way over the decades, including the seven that are now orbiting it or trundling about on its surface. But something’s up with Mars at the moment—or at least something was up not long ago—and nobody seems able to explain it. That’s the beats-me conclusion a team of investigators reached in a new paper in Nature, when they attempted to explain a freakish plume that appeared in the Martian atmosphere in March and April of 2012, and might have occurred in 1997 as well.
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February 13, 2015

Elon Musk is getting $3.5 million to write a book about Earth and Mars Business Insider

Elon Musk, the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, is taking on a new project. He is writing a book for Penguin. We're told it's a book about Earth and Mars. It will be half about the issues facing us on Earth — sustainability issues in particular. The second half will be about the idea of a multiplanetary existence — about what's possible, about the adventure of experience. Musk's literary agent is Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, who runs an agency called the Worldwide Literary Department.
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February 12, 2015

One Way to Mars The Washington Post

Mars One envisions a colony of humans on the red planet, starting in 2025. Plenty of people think that is unrealistic, but the nonprofit is vigorously recruiting potential pioneers to go to mars, one-way, with no hope of coming back. Here’s the ambitious — some say too ambitious — timeline: February 13, 2015: About 50 men and 50 women learn they’ve made it to Round 3. Group challenges will test survival skills and math ability, but they’ll also reveal how candidates deal with adversity — and with each other.
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February 11, 2015

Government Summit 'live': From deserts of UAE to deserts of Mars Emirates 24|7

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy PM and Minister of Presidential Affairs: "How are we going to get from the deserts of the UAE to desert on Mars. God willing we will reach there in 2021." “UAE is the first government to launch the post of chief innovation officer. We have signed with Cambridge to train them and we have 60 CIO ready to serve every government institution.” "UAE is investing in the happiness of its citizens, residents, expats. We are investing in infrastructure and innovation to make people happier."
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February 10, 2015

Unsung hero: NASA Orbiter spends decade circling Mars 40,000 times The Space Reporter

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter completed its 40,000th orbit of the planet of February 7. The orbiter has orbited the planet for the last 9 years, well beyond the two-year scope for its original mission. During that time its has sent 247 terabits of data about Mars atmosphere, surface and subsurface of Mars. That’s more than all other vessels that has visited other planets combined. MRO circles the planet around 12 times a day, crossing near the poles at a height of 186 miles above the surface. Among its other impressive feats, there’s also the fact that the orbiter has traveled nearly twice as far in circling Mars 40,000 times than it did getting to Mars. The data provided by the orbiter’s 40,000 and counting passes paints a picture of Mars’ evolution. Observations of the planets oldest craters by the MRO found minerals indicative of long-gone bodies of water. Passes of the poles found evidence of water moving around the planet as a gas, traveling between polar ice caps and ice deposits further down.
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February 9, 2015

Short film tells the stories of three people who want to die on Mars Mashable

It takes a certain type of person to willfully leave behind life on Earth forever in hopes of colonizing a new planet. Filmmaker Peter Savodnik and his short-form documentary company Stateless Media set out to explore such a mindset by telling the stories of three of the 660 people vying for a one-way trip to the Red Planet as part of a worldwide competition called Mars One. Putting technical and scientific considerations aside, the 10-minute film, If I Die on Mars, delves into the lives of three far-flung candidates. It focuses not just on their intense enthusiasm for the prospect of exploring Mars, but also the sense of longing and frustration that fuels their urge to escape their own planet. "We’re alternately fascinated and a little bit troubled by the idea of people wanting to go away forever," Savodnik told Mashable. "I think it’s fair to say that everyone involved felt like we learned a great deal about these people and how they think."
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February 5, 2015

Maggie Lieu Wants To Be First Woman To Give Birth On Mars The Huffington Post

Humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but one British woman already wants to be the first to give birth on the red planet. Maggie Lieu, 24, is an astrophysics Ph. D. candidate at Birmingham University. She is also one of 600 people being considered for the Mars One project, which hopes to set up a permanent colony on Mars by 2025. Lieu will find out next month if she will join 39 other people who will actually train for the one-way trip to the red planet. If Lieu makes it to Mars, she plans to get busy colonizing the planet.
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