mars

Someday, I Hope Humans Will Walk This Incredible Landscape

What an astonishing and strange place this is, this vast and fractal landscape on Mars. As Wired describes it, the rolling polar expanse seen above is actually “one of the smoothest, flattest places” on the not-so-Red Planet, a region so well-levelled and repetitive that “there are no landmarks visible”.


What Is True Detective Really About?

What is True Detective really about? Was Stonehenge originally built as a musical instrument? What does springtime on Mars look like? What if light were a drug? Here are some answers is this week’s landscapes reads!


A Future Expedition On Mars' Moon Phobos

1995: The explorer on the left is using a personal spacecraft which is anchored to the soil, while the explorer on the right examines a boulder that might weigh 453kg on Earth and just shy of half a kilo on Phobos.


Watch: The People Who Would Leave Earth For A One-Way Trip To Mars

Mars One, the program that is planning to create a human settlement on Mars by 2024, has received over 200,000 applications of Earthlings who are interested in leaving their home planet forever by taking a one-way ticket to Mars. This short documentary examines a few of those people’s motivation to leave everything behind.


The Case Of The Mysterious Rock, Solved By The Opportunity Rover And Mars Orbiter

It’s been over ten years since the Opportunity rover landed on Mars and began its journey of scientific discovery. Amazingly, the little guy is still trucking along, gathering data for NASA. The Mars Orbiter recently had the chance to snap a photo of Opportunity using its High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, in the hopes of solving a mystery involving… a rock.


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.