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Thousand Applicants Picked To Compete For Spot On Mars One Project
2014-01-02 10:24:07

[ Watch the Video: Candidates For Mars Trip Narrowed Down ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Out of 200,000 applicants to establish a colony on Mars by 2025, Mars One announces the selection of 1058 candidates. Mars One is a non-profit organization with the goal of establishing a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet. Co-founder of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp says, “We’re extremely appreciative and impressed with the sheer number of people who submitted...

World Space Week 2013
2013-10-02 11:40:12

[ Watch the Video: World Space Week Begins October 4 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Just because the US government shuts down doesn't mean the world has to, because it looks as though World Space Week will be launching this weekend regardless of what's going on in American politics. World Space Week will begin Friday, October 4 and continue through October 10. This year's theme, "Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth" is a campaign of networked Mars analog...

Mars Colony Astronaut Application Requirements Announced
2013-01-10 04:44:50

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the 1960s the nation was unified under an ambitious vision, one that would culminate with the first humans setting foot on the Moon. It was believed that it was only a matter of time until man proceeded to the Martian surface. Yet, more than 40 years later, we have not managed to again leave low Earth orbit. But a new dream has emerged, and it is more accessible than any previous space mission. While NASA...

2012-10-02 13:17:39

As NASA's Curiosity rover scours the surface of Mars and beams pictures of the stark and desolate landscape back to Earth, we've begun to paint a picture of what living on the red planet might actually be like. In this month's Physics World, Ashley Dale, a PhD student at the University of Bristol, brings this image to life by giving his account of the two weeks he spent living in the Utah desert as part of a simulated Mars mission. Comparing his surroundings to a "Monet landscape", Dale...

Elon Musk Has Hopes For Manned Mars Trip
2012-08-10 06:00:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he hopes to be able to put man on Mars within the next 12 to 15 years. Musk told Nightline in an interview that he was confident this task could be completed. His words come just a few days after NASA landed its Curiosity rover successfully on the Red Planet this past Sunday night. SpaceX became the first commercial company to send a spacecraft up to the International Space Station for docking. Its...

Mars Settlement Planned For 2023
2012-06-04 13:49:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com To some, man setting foot on Mars may seem like a pipe dream, but to one Dutch group, it´s a business idea. A Dutch group, led by Bas Lansdorp, has announced plans to set up a small Mars settlement by 2023. Lansdorp is a researcher from the Netherlands with a Masters in Science from Delft University of Technology. Mars One has a plan to send a communications satellite to the Red Planet by 2016, and then set up several stages of other flights until...

A Day In The Life….
2012-05-26 06:33:21

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Last weekend, in just 24 hours, my hand went from being 2-inches away from a shark at the aquarium in the Mall of America in Minnesota, to holding a camera snapping photos of SpaceX attempting to make history in Florida.  The life of a journalist is both work and play, but sometimes it´s just downright exhausting. Going from one state to another is not an impressive feat, but how about four states in 14 hours for two separate trips? I took off...

2012-05-22 12:47:32

International Space Station crew members will answer questions from reporters following the scheduled hatch opening of SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. Three of the six Expedition 31 station residents will be available during a news conference that will be carried live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency's website at 10:25 a.m. CDT on Saturday, May 26. The news conference is subject to change depending on real-time operational events aboard the space station. Expedition 31 flight...

US Not Losing Its Foothold In Earth Observing Satellites, Only Shifting Power
2012-05-22 12:23:35

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Speculations are emerging that the U.S. may be losing its foothold in Earth observing satellites technology, which could inevitably lead to a science community that is behind the times. However, the one thing these reports fail to account for is the up-and-coming commercialized space industry. Reports from several news agencies point to a new study by the American Meteorological Society Policy Program, as well as expert sources, to show how the economic...

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