Mars

Valve engineer applies to Mars One program

Valve engineer applies to Mars One program

Non-profit organization Mars One recently began accepting applications for the chance to travel to Mars in order to colonize the red planet, with the only caveat being that you'll be living there for the rest of your life. That didn't stop most applicants, though, as thousands of applications have been sent in to Mars One, one of which is from a Valve engineer.

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Manned Mars missions in 20 years say space experts

Manned Mars missions in 20 years say space experts

A manned mission to Mars could take place within the next two decades, NASA and the private sector have agreed, though the race is on to research and fund such the next ambitious step fo the space race. The feasibility of such a mission - and the political, financial, technological, and social problems that would need to be addressed first - is on the agenda of the Humans to Mars (H2M) summit this week, with NASA staffers, researchers, private space agencies, and more all coming together at George Washington University to explore the practicalities of sending astronauts to Mars by the 2030s.

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NASA calls on the public to send names and messages to Mars

NASA calls on the public to send names and messages to Mars

Mars is one of the most explored and research planets in our solar system thanks in part to its proximity to the Earth. Mars is also likely to be the first planet in our solar system, other than Earth, where humans will walk. NASA is currently conducting a number of experiments aboard spacecraft on the surface of Mars and orbiting the planet.

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One-way Mars trip sees thousands of astronaut applications

One-way Mars trip sees thousands of astronaut applications

Earlier this month, we told you about a Mars initiative where a non-profit company called Mars One would be planning to send astronauts to Mars on a one-way trip to colonize the red planet. The company is expecting a lot of applications -- up in the seven-digit range, and they may reach that goal, because 20,000 people have already applied in just three days.

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Astronaut recruitment for Mars colony project to begin in July

Astronaut recruitment for Mars colony project to begin in July

We've been hearing talks of the future formation of a colony on Mars, and it seems that space agencies and companies are quite adamant to get it going. In particular, a non-profit organization by the name of Mars One is planning to put four astronauts on Mars in 2023 to begin the process of forming a Mars colony, and they will begin the recruiting process in July.

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Curiosity rover experiment finds Mars has lost a lot of its ancient atmosphere

Curiosity rover experiment finds Mars has lost a lot of its ancient atmosphere

A recent experiment conducted aboard the NASA Curiosity rover has confirmed that Mars lost most of its ancient atmosphere. The experiment shows that billions of years ago, Mars was a significantly warmer and wetter world. Having a warmer and wetter climate would've made Mars more habitable earlier in its life.

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Curiosity rover communication moratorium in effect until May 1

Curiosity rover communication moratorium in effect until May 1

March was an eventful month for NASA's Mars Curiosity rover, which experienced a variety of issues and delays, some due to problems with the rover itself and others due to conditions outside of anyone's control. Those issues have been resolved, but now starting today a communication moratorium has gone into effect, and Curiosity will be on its own, perhaps taking the most exotic vacation ever, until May 1.

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Mars could be hit by a comet next year

Mars could be hit by a comet next year

A few years ago Jupiter was hit by several chunks of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 after the comet broke apart. The massive gravity of Jupiter ripped that comet into pieces and those chunks collided with the planet. Since Jupiter has such a thick atmosphere, all we could see were the effects the impact had on the thick atmosphere.

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Curiosity put back into safe mode due to software error

Curiosity put back into safe mode due to software error

Back on March 11, NASA was scheduled to apply two software patches to its Curiosity Mars rover after recovering from a problem with one of its on-board computers. Now the rover has run into another problem, this time with a software file error that is preventing it from performing most of its duties, though it remains in communication with the NASA team.

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Europe and Russia teaming up for mission to Mars

Europe and Russia teaming up for mission to Mars

NASA may have already landed several rovers on the surface of Mars, but that isn't stopping other countries from trying it themselves. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Roscosmos have signed a deal to launch an orbiter in 2016 that will orbit the Red Planet, as well as plans to put a rover on Mars in 2018 as part of the ExoMars program.

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Mars Curiosity rover finds evidence of habitable life on Mars

Mars Curiosity rover finds evidence of habitable life on Mars

Today during a NASA news briefing on the progress that the Curiosity rover is making on Mars, scientists have revealed evidence that point to conditions of habitable life on the Red Planet. An analysis of rock samples that were collected by the Curiosity rover shows that Mars could have supported living microbes at one point in time.

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NASA holding Mars Curiosity briefing live at 1 pm ET

NASA holding Mars Curiosity briefing live at 1 pm ET

In an effort to update the general public on what's going on with the Curiosity rover on Mars, NASA will be holding a public news briefing today at 1 pm ET, and they'll be streaming it live over Ustream for all to watch. While it's a mystery as to what will be discussed, our guess is that they'll be addressing the recent malfunction with the on-board computer.

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