Mars

Mars One gets over 200,000 one-way astronaut applications

Mars One gets over 200,000 one-way astronaut applications

Over 200,000 would-be space explorers applied for the first round of Mars One's Astronaut Selection Program, though there's still several years - and a few more screenings - before the mission goes ahead. Not-for-profit Mars One opened up for applications earlier this year, offering the chance of a one-way trip from Earth to the red planet that's scheduled to take place in 2023.

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Oculus Rift and NASA bring virtual reality to Mars with new simulator

Oculus Rift and NASA bring virtual reality to Mars with new simulator

NASA's Curiosity rover is currently putzing around on the surface of Mars, and we've seen plenty of pictures to know what the red planet looks like. However, a new simulator that NASA put together using an Oculus Rift VR headset and a Virtuix Omni VR treadmill, you'll now be able to know what it's like to walk around on Mars.

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NASA Curiosity Mars rover records timelapse of Phobos moon rising

NASA Curiosity Mars rover records timelapse of Phobos moon rising

We've seen a lot of neat photos from Mars thanks to NASA's latest Curiosity rover that's currently putzing its way around the surface of the red planet. The latest imagery that it has sent back is a rather simple, but neat timelapse video of one of Mars' moons rising into the Martian sky.

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Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

Planetary protection regulations stymieing Mars missions, says researchers

While NASA has been carrying out some extensive missions on Mars, looking for evidence of water and signs that the planet could have supported life, it has been required to follow strict requirements to prevent contamination. The idea behind this is that the introduction of microbes from Earth could harm the Martian planet, something researchers have spoken out against today.

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NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA Curiosity takes massive 1.3 billion pixel Mars panorama

NASA's Curiosity rover has sent more than a few pictures of the Red Planet back to its Earth-bound audience, a great deal of which have been made freely available for the public to view on the space agency's website. The latest image to be made public, however, stands out from the rest due to its sheer size: a huge 1.3 billion pixels. Such a resolution was achieved by stitching together hundreds of frames.

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Mars atmosphere said to have contained oxygen, long before Earth

Mars atmosphere said to have contained oxygen, long before Earth

While the Curiosity rover is chugging along on the surface of Mars, NASA is making other discoveries from samples taken from other Mars rovers. This time around, looking at rock samples from NASA's Spirit rover, scientists have discovered that Mars had an oxygen-rich atmosphere some four billion years ago, which was long before when Earth developed oxygen in its atmosphere.

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NASA Mars mission may never happen with current budget problems

NASA Mars mission may never happen with current budget problems

NASA has already sent several rovers to Mars, but the ultimate goal is to send man to Mars. However, that's a huge undertaking which requires a ton of resources. NASA, being a government agency, doesn't have the amount of resources at the moment to undertake a manned mission to the red planet, leaving the door wide open for private space companies.

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Lego Mars Curiosity rover set official

Lego Mars Curiosity rover set official

It's a great time for Lego: there's going to be a movie based on the building bricks, and the company just announced its latest set. As a part of Lego's Cuusoo project, fans are able to send in designs and ideas for future Lego sets, and the Mars Curiosity rover won this round, beating out the USC Sandcrawler from Star Wars and the Portal-themed Lego set.

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NASA Curiosity rover blasts Mars rock with laser 100 times

NASA Curiosity rover blasts Mars rock with laser 100 times

We've seen NASA's Mars Curiosity rover bore into Martian rock with a small drill multiple times, but the robot has just taken things to the next level: lasers. Specifically, the rover got to bore a small hole into Martian rock by blasting it with a laser repeatedly, causing a hole a few millimeters in diameter, which you can see after the jump.

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NASA Opportunity rover finds sign of past non-acidic water on Mars

NASA Opportunity rover finds sign of past non-acidic water on Mars

The hunt for evidence of water on Mars that could support life has been a long and exciting one (depending on your definition of exciting). While there is evidence abound of water that used to be on the Martian planet, it has been of the highly acidic variety, which is not conducive to life. Now, however, NASA has discovered evidence of non-acidic water in Mars' past, a finding made by the rover Opportunity.

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SpaceX IPO not coming anytime soon, focusing on Mars colonization

SpaceX IPO not coming anytime soon, focusing on Mars colonization

There have been rumors flying around that the private space company SpaceX was thinking about filing for an initial public offering. However, in usual Elon Musk fashion, the company's CEO took to Twitter to dispel those rumors by saying that SpaceX has "no near term plans" for an IPO, and are focusing on colonizing Mars at the moment.

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NASA to use sensor-based badge to monitor Mars astronauts’ mental state

NASA to use sensor-based badge to monitor Mars astronauts’ mental state

We've written about the Mars One project extensively, a plan to select, train, and send astronauts to Mars, where they will live out the rest of their lives. Other future projects won't necessarily involve a permanent life on Mars, but all will require a substantial number of years, and as such will require a very stable psychological state to handle. For its part, NASA is looking into monitoring the psychological state of its astronauts with a sensor-based "badge."

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