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The Very Beginning Of NASA's Next Mars Lander

One of the things that fascinate me the most about mechanical things is how they build them, especially the very first steps in the process. NASA has released this photo of the first assembly step of their next Mars lander. It seems like some lost part from a Celestial designed by Jack Kirby.


This Documentary Explains The Crazy Reality Of Living On Mars

Do you want to go to space? Of course you do, and the fun thing is you (probably) can — if you have lots of money. The good news is that space tourism is getting cheaper and easier, so it’s entirely likely that you might be able to afford it one day. But you probably don’t want to say goodbye to Earth quite yet.


First Up-Close Images Of Mars' Near-Miss Comet

It may not look like much, but these are the first images of Comet C/2013 A1, known as Siding Spring, as it passed by Mars on Sunday. The images were captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.


Comet C/2013 A1 Passed Mars Yesterday

Briefly: Comet C/2013 A1, known as Siding Spring, passes Mars, just yesterday. In fact, it passed closer to Mars than any comet has ever passed by Earth in recorded history — so scientists are excited to see what the craft orbiting Mars made of it. [SEN/Damian Peach]


Spectacular Comet Will Engulf Mars This Sunday In Historical Event

This Sunday, something historical will happen: An ancient rare comet will arrive to Mars after millions of years travelling at 53km/s from the Oort cloud. It will look like you can see above, passing just within a third of the distance from the Earth to the moon, engulfing the Red Planet in its large tail.


A French Inventor Proposed A Giant Mirror To Burn A Message On Mars

When we want to leave our mark on Mars today, we simply send over a few rovers to roll around in its red soil. But 150 years ago, scientists had very different plans for contacting the planet, including one French inventor who wanted to use the refracted light of the sun to sear a welcoming message into the Martian desert.


Wernher Von Braun Predicted We'd Send Men To Mars No Sooner Than 2050s

Student researchers at MIT have concluded that given current technology, any colonists to Mars would die after about 68 days. Mars One, the company that hopes to put people on Mars by the 2025 (and film a reality TV show there, so you know they’re legit) insists that the MIT researchers are wrong. But as any student of paleo-futurism would know, even the most optimistic space prognosticators of the past century would side with the MIT students.


MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things)

Mars One may have taken us by surprise when the non-profit organisation boldly announced that it would put colonists on Mars in the 2020s. We were even more amazed when legions of amateur astronauts signed up for a one-way ticket to the red rock. However, MIT students believe the effort, in its current form, is doomed to fail.


The First Full Colour Photo Of Mars From India's Orbiter

With India’s Mars Orbiter now successfully circling the Red Planet, it’s now beaming back its first images — like the striking full colour photo.


India's Space Probe Successfully Enters Mars Orbit

India just cemented its place as a space power and put NASA’s billions to shame, with the news that its $US74 million space probe just entered Mars orbit.


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