mars

Mars Dunes So Perfect They Look Like Starfleet Logos

NASA says a combo of wind and sand were responsible for forming these V-shaped drifts on Mars. Sure. Or… the crew of the USS Enterprise felt like stamping the Starfleet insignia all over the planet.


Mars Is Full Of Freaking Hearts Everywhere!

I was really surprised when I saw this collection of hearts on Mars posted by El Comanderino Chris Hadfield. How are there so many craters with the shape of hearts in Mars? Are heart shapes pervasive through the entire galaxy? The hell I know. Just forward this post and tell your favourite astronerd you love him/her.


Mars Curiosity Having Fun Driving On Dunes

This is fun. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover driving over dunes in Mars. Check out the view from the back, after going through all that sand.


Mission To Mars: How Scientists Are Living On A Simulated Red Planet To Prep For Real Missions

According to Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal, establishing a permanent presence beyond Earth is the first step humans will take towards the “divergence into a new species”. Plans to visit and even colonise Mars are no longer the subject of science fiction novels. But before we can do that, we need to understand how humans can survive and thrive on Mars. Some of that we can do right here on Earth by simulating Mars-like conditions. In the most recent such experiment, I was the crew commander of such an expedition in the high-altitude desert of Utah, the most Mars-like place on Earth. The crew were comprised of seven – two scientists, two engineers, a medical doctor, a journalist and a humanoid robot.


Here Is What Earth Looks Like From Mars

Yeah, I can totally see it! How can you miss that? It’s right there. Clear eyes, full Earth, can’t miss. Wait, really? No of course not. Anyone who tells you that is either a liar or a hawk. Earth looks incredibly tiny up in that Martian sky. Sure, if you squint hard enough and fake it long enough, you’ll spot it the dot but it’s not unlike looking for dust on a wall.


A Spectacular New Crater Shows The Hostile Face Of Mars

This photo from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows a fresh crater about 30 metres in diameter at the centre. The impact happened somewhen between July 2010 and May 2012. View the map-projected version of the image here:


Spam, Silkworms, Hydroponics: The Speculative Future Of Food On Mars

Last year, NASA held a recipe contest for cooking on Mars. Ordinary civilians like us were invited to submit recipes based on a list of available ingredients — heavy on freeze-dried produce and various meat-flavoured “textured vegetable proteins” — to be cooked and judged by crew members of HI-SEAS.


What A Rover Looks Like After A Decade On Mars

Curiosity is the hip name in Mars-rovin, but the Opportunity rover was doing it long, long before. Just yesterday Opportunity hit its 10-year anniversary on Mars — it left Earth 10 years ago in July. Not bad for a mission intended to last a mere three (Earth) months. In celebration it sent back a selfie.


Would You Live In A House Of Bricks Made From Pee And Bacteria?

To make a concrete bench, add sand, bacteria, calcium chloride and some really concentrated pee? When we first saw Peter Trimble’s sand and urea bio-furniture — the latter is a chemical most commonly found in pee — we were excited to see human urine put to yet another green use.


Rock Mysteriously Appears In Front Of The Mars Opportunity Rover

Left: a photo taken 3528 days after the Opportunity rover arrival to Mars. Right: the exact same spot 12 Mars days later. Notice the difference? NASA JPL scientists did too: “It’s about the size of a jelly doughnut. It was a total surprise, we were like ‘wait a second, that wasn’t there before, it can’t be right. Oh my god! It wasn’t there before!’ We were absolutely startled.”