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Will Living on Mars Drive Us Crazy?

Six humans are in Hawaii, testing the psychological effects of life on another planet.<p>When human space travel made its transition from pipe dream to reality, one of the unknowns humans contended with concerned not just the physics of space, but the psychology of it. How would the human mind react …

Welcome to Mars on Earth

We already know the radiation levels on Mars' surface are safe enough for us to go ahead and start building vacation homes. But, before we can finish our plans for the pool, there are still a few more tests that need to be done. There's just one problem: the planet has a way of destroying all of …

A Mars Mission for Budget Travelers

Twenty years and $100 billion could get us there, panel says.<p>Sending astronauts to Mars could be done at a small fraction of the cost of developing and flying the F-35 fighter jet, according to a rough estimate put forward by a panel of NASA, industry, and academic experts. The panel will present …

NASA's Path to Mars

Mars Curiosity Rover Samples a Rock of a Different Color

NASA's Curiosity rover has collected samples from deep inside a rock on Mars for the third time ever.<p>The 1-ton Curiosity rover bored into a slab of Red Planet sandstone dubbed Windjana on Monday evening, creating a hole measuring 0.63 inches (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.6 inches (6.5 centimeters) …

There's a Place in the Utah Desert Where People Pretend to Live on Mars

Outfitted in bright orange spacesuits and a full pack of oxygen, three astronauts push open the foot-thick door and step outside onto the rusty red …

Get to Mars by Selling All Your Earthly Possessions

Elon Musk wants a ticket to Mars to cost $500,000. For those left behind, he'll have a cheap electric car for you.<p>You and I aren’t going to Mars anytime soon, but if and when a base is established on the Red Planet one day, Elon Musk wants a ticket there to cost about what you’d pay for a …

Nasa would speak out if private manned missions to Mars too risky

It’s like an interplanetary re-telling of the famous tortoise and hare story. Nasa and the world’s other space agencies are pursuing a careful, long-winded programme aimed at landing astronauts on Mars by 2035. Private organisations, such as the not-for-profit Mars One, are claiming that they can …

Why we want to spend the rest of our lives on Mars

Since its announcement in May 2012, the Mars One project hasn't had an easy ride. Critics have questioned all aspects, from the technical feasibility to its funding model. But recent developments from the project seem to be bringing the goal of starting a human colony on Mars by 2025 a little …

Houses Printed by Robots Could Maybe be a Reality on Mars

From the guy who sells real estate on the moon to Elon Musk and Newt Gingrich, many men have recently pondered the ability to colonize other planets. Meanwhile, the German firm <b>ZA Architects</b> has proposed its own solution.<p>Take it away, Dezeen:<p>"Robots would be flown to Mars to carve out large voids in …

Up to Half a Million People Want to Spend the Rest of Their Lives on Mars

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>If you thought the Mars One mission (a.k.a. the one-way ticket to the Red Planet in the name of …

Time, toilets and tomatoes: Lucie looks back at ‘life on Mars’

Keeping track of time is one of the biggest challenges that French space scientist Lucie Poulet encountered during her four month adventure living life ‘on Mars’, inside a dome in a remote mountain area of Hawaii.<p>Looking back on the experience from her home in Bremen, Germany, she told us: “The …