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Mars: The Next International Destination

(116) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 9:17 PM

The international community is longing for the next big cooperative goal in space exploration. There have been modest partnerships in space since the 1960s -- growing during the Space Shuttle era -- but the International Space Station was a turning point in international cooperation. It was far from a perfect...

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Americans Support Humans to Mars

(55) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:27 AM

A new national poll released two weeks ago helped to characterize the level of American support for Mars exploration. In these complex times, are Americans in favor of human exploration of the Mars? The answer is an unequivocal YES.

Basically over 70 percent of "the" Americans believe that...

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The Politics of Life on Mars

(79) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 8:14 AM

Speculation about life on Mars has been rampant this fall. Rumors that the Mars Curiosity Rover may have found evidence of life on Mars have surfaced twice in the past few weeks. The most recent rumor started when a member of the Curiosity team was quoted as saying that they...

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Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before Sending Humans to Mars -- Some Additional Thoughts

(6) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 9:00 AM

In our post last week, we discussed the question: "How can we explore space when there is so much poverty in the world?" We determined that there is no merit in this question because a focused, goal-oriented space program can have a tremendous impact on STEM education, innovation,...

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Let's Not Wait for Utopia Before We Send Humans to Mars

(218) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:00 AM

As we celebrate the success of the Curiosity rover on Mars and reflect on the remarkable life of Neil Armstrong, it's not hard to imagine what amazing achievements in space exploration can be accomplished/attained in the next few decades. However, not everyone is supportive of exploring space. Skeptics are often...

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