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By Dan Monroe | News related to the eventual colonization of Mars

SpaceX’s Mars Colonial Transporter can go “well beyond” Mars

Elon Musk just teased that one of SpaceX’s more future-focused projects might be more ambitious than previously thought. On Twitter, the SpaceX CEO revealed that the company’s Mars Colonial Transporter (MCT) will need a new name, since in fact, it “can go well beyond Mars.”<p>This then promptly turned …

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Inflatable 'bedroom' attached to space station

<b>(CNN) —</b> A prototype that may one day usher an era of space hotels has successfully been attached to the International Space Station, NASA said Saturday.<p>Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is the first test module to ever attach to the space station. The prototype was one of the highly …

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NASA Mars Rover's Weather Data Bolster Case for Brine

Martian weather and soil conditions that NASA's Curiosity rover has measured, together with a type of salt found in Martian soil, could put liquid …

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Spacecraft to make death dive into Mercury

<b>(CNN) —</b> Let's start with a pop quiz (space junkies can skip this test). True or False, Mercury is:<p>1) The planet closest to the sun in our solar system<p>2) So hot that water couldn't possibly exist there<p>3) Something used in old-style glass thermometers<p>4) A planet you don't think about very …

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Briny puddles could dot Mars, new research says

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's not going to be enough to slake the thirst of the elusive Mars bunny, but scientists say new research seems to support the theory that what looks like a bone-dry red planet during the day could be dotted with tiny puddles of salty water at night.<p>Experts have long thought that a …

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Mars is the next step for humanity -- we must take it

<b>(CNN) —</b> Elon Musk has built a $12 billion company in an endeavor to pave the way to Mars for humanity. He insists that Mars is a "long-term insurance policy" for "the light of consciousness" in the face of climate change, extinction events, and our recklessness with technology.<p>On the other hand, …

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Meet the rejects from a one-way trip to Mars

Check out audition videos of Mars mission REJECTS. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on the would-be astronauts who won't be.

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NASA's real life Enterprise may take us to other star systems one day

Dr. Harold "Sonny" White is still working on a warp drive at NASA's Johnson Space Center. His work is still in the experimental stage but that …

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Airbus recreates the surface of Mars in Stevenage to test the ESA's ExoMars rover

Aeronautics giant Airbus has completed its project to recreate the surface of Mars in Stevenage, UK. The site, roughly the size of a basketball …

Who Should Name the Craters on Mars, You or Astronomers?

Yesterday, I named a crater on Mars. In fact, I named two.<p>The process was really easy. Through a website, I clicked on a map of Mars, chose my …

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Lego Mars Curiosity Rover

For the uninitiated, Lego Cuusoo is a forum for brick fans to submit, and vote on, potential sets that may one day make it to a Lego store near you. …

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Mars Science Lab launch delayed two years - CNN.com

<b>WASHINGTON (CNN)</b> -- NASA's launch of the Mars Science Laboratory -- hampered by technical difficulties and cost overruns -- has been delayed until the fall of 2011, NASA officials said at a news conference Thursday in Washington.<p>A photo illustration of a laser-equipped vehicle that is set to be …

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Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.<p>The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.<p>NASA data has long …

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Before the Reality Show, Mars One Will Launch 2018 Unmanned Mission

The nonprofit group that intends to send the first humans to Mars has announced that its first mission will be unmanned. The plan is to launch an orbiter and a lander to be built by established aerospace companies by 2018. Now it just has to raise the money.<p><b>In a press conference in Washington, D.C.</b> …

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Martian lake was able to support life for thousands of years

An ancient lake on Mars was capable of supporting life for tens or hundreds of thousands of years, researchers reported today based on findings from NASA's Curiosity rover. In March, NASA announced that the lake was once capable of supporting microbial life, but little more was known. Now …

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Opportunity: 10 Years on Mars - Science

Want To Colonize Mars? Applications Now Being Accepted

Looking for an out-of-this-world experience? Mars One, a non-profit agency, is accepting applications for astronauts to help build the first settlement on the red planet in 2023.<p>Astronauts will undergo a whopping eight years of training before being deployed to Mars to build a sustainable life …

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NASA Is Planning To Send A New Rover To Mars In 2020

NASA has announced plans to build a new rover to land on Mars in 2020. NASA’s current estimated cost for the new rover is $1.5 billion. It will be built based on the design developed for the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August this year.<p>Curiosity has an on-board lab, but the plan is for …

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Think Your Job Is Hard? Watch NASA Crew’s Riveting “7 Minutes Of Terror” Mars Landing

[youtube Ki_Af_o9Q9s]<p>Last November, the team at NASA launched its Mars Space Laboratory, known as Curiosity, on a long journey through space. On August 6th, the rover will touch down in a crater on Mars and begin its study of climate, geology, and any potential signs of life on the red planet. …

Branson On The Impact Of Space Travel

Branson thinks that by being in space, people become more passionate about the planet. And he’s planning on helping out cash-strapped NASA with its research, too.<p>Earlier this week, Virgin Galactic–the space travel arm of the Virgin Group–debuted the first-ever spaceport in New Mexico. Dubbed …

Watch: An Astronaut’s One-Way Trip Into Space

It’s a haunting image, but then again, there are worse ways to spend retirement.<p>It’s the cruel joke of the universe. The longevity of man simply doesn’t scale to the unfathomable expanses of the cosmos. Our closest neighbor, the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy, is 25,000 light years away. Even if you …

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …

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The Incredible Landing That Started NASA’s Epic 10-Year Mars Mission

Engineers at mission control celebrate getting the first signal back from Spirit. <i>Image: NASA/JPL</i><p>Dr. Steve Squyres, principal investigator for the …

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WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Watch Live: NASA Scientists Discuss Paving the Way for Humans to Mars

Author: Adam Mann. Adam Mann Science<p>Date of Publication: 01.07.14.<p>Time of Publication: 9:30 am. 9:30 am<p>Watch live as a scientists and engineers …

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