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Methane Fluctuations On Mars – How Big Are The Implications?

The NASA Curiosity Rover team calls the findings “incredibly exciting”. Yesterday, they reported finding organic compounds in Martian soil, as well dramatic fluctuations in atmospheric methane – “the first in-situ detection of methane on Mars”. Given that methane breaks down quickly in the Martian atmosphere, these fluctuations suggest that a dynamic methanogenic system of some […]

Why Orion?

In about an hour and a half from now, NASA will send an unmanned version of its new Orion spaceship up into orbit, riding on the back of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It’s very retro-looking, without any fins or wings at all. The full name of the spaceship is rather institutional: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew […]

Comet Siding Spring is the Hidden Planet Nibiru? In Other News…

… I am Queen Elizabeth.

At the conspiracy website Godlike Productions, user cometa’planeta has announced that the “breaking” news that “Comet Siding spring is nibiru planet x hercolubus!!! All characteristics seem to match. Coming below the ecliptic. Red in colour. Mass of a planet!”

In case you haven’t heard, back in 1995 Nancy Lieder began […]

Mars Expedition Has Trouble Staying In Orbit

Part of the Mars One plan is to keep colonists alive by sending them regular packages of supplies to supplement their own colony-based projects to create and maintain supplies of water, air and food. What happens if one of those resupply missions is delayed by two years? […]

The People Who Radiate Mars

Despite the many dangers and deprivations inherent in such a journey, large numbers of people have applied to join the mission to colonize Mars. Tens of thousands have entered their names as candidates for Mars One. […]

Will You Take This Chance To Live On Mars In 10 Years?

Mars One yesterday announced that it is planning to begin a human colony on Mars beginning in the year 2023 – just ten years from now. […]

Why Send Rich People To Mars?

Later today, millionaire and space tourist Dennis Tito is set to announce that he and a group of other wealthy people are going to build a private spaceship and fly to Mars. Yes, while the rest of us are struggling to pay bills, and preparing to deal with massive budget cuts to domestic government programs […]

What Is The Historic Discovery On Mars?

“Earthshaking.”

That’s the word that NPR reporter Joe Palca used yesterday to describe a discovery by the new Mars rover, Curiosity. He quoted a NASA scientist as describing the discovery as “one for the history books”.

The thing is, NASA won’t tell what it’s discovered, yet. They have to double-check the data first.

They […]

Follow Curiosity En Route To Mars

A map, using the Solar System Simulator v4.0, showing where the spaceship carrying Curiosity is today, in relation to Earth, Mars, the Sun and the rest of the planets in the Solar System. […]

Three Worlds Converge In Space

This photograph is of a robot from Earth, named Opportunity, looking at a meteorite, named Oileán Ruaidh, on the planet Mars.

Mars Methane Burping

Whatever the source, the methane on Mars could serve as a source of energy for future exploration and eventual colonization of the red planet. […]