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Mars One

How A Scary Rock Climbing Mistake Helped Me Prepare For Mars One

Sue Ann Pien | Posted 09.25.2016 | Science
Sue Ann Pien

My best friend Vanessa Nigro Halby and I used to climb almost daily. We met at the climbing gym, when I saw her tumbling off the top of a bouldering wall because she missed the last dyno. That's climbing speak for a move that can only be made by jumping for it. If you miss it, you'll fall.

One-Way Trip To Mars: Why Our Homecoming Is Not The Point

Pietro Aliprandi | Posted 09.17.2016 | Science
Pietro Aliprandi

We all know about this go-to-Mars-and-never-come-back-thing, right? If not, type "Mars One" on any electronic device and check it out. I'm totally sure that the idea of a one-way trip to the Red Planet significantly contributed to the media success of this project. Nevertheless, every single time I answer questions from the public, fans and reporters, I get stuck on this point: the "no-return policy."

Why Mars Is The Next Frontier For Human Exploration

Adriana Marais | Posted 09.11.2016 | Science
Adriana Marais

I find myself living at a very particular point in the almost 4 billion years of the evolution of life on this planet. I feel extraordinarily lucky to be alive right now, when for the very first time, we are able to investigate terrestrial life on scales smaller than the size of atoms, as well as look to the skies for evidence of extra-terrestrial life many hundreds of light years beyond Earth.

My Friends Laughed When I Told Them I Was A Mars One Candidate. Here's Why They Support Me Now

Mohammed Sallam | Posted 09.09.2016 | Science
Mohammed Sallam

After thousands of people applied for Mars One from all over the world, only 1,058 were chosen by December 2013 for round two. I was one of them. I was shocked when I received that email. I probably read it like 10 times, with one thought crossing my mind. Why me?

Why Go To Mars? How My Near-Death Experience Taught Me To Live Fearlessly

Sue Ann Pien | Posted 09.04.2016 | Science
Sue Ann Pien

I was an atheist who died and discovered I was wrong. A "straight-A" kid willing to worship only the preachings of scientific method, finding all religion and spiritual mumbo jumbo to be a crock o' shit. That is, until I stopped breathing.

Mars One Finalist: If I'm Barred From Having Sex On Mars, 'I'm Okay With It'

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 09.08.2015 | Science

For Mars One finalist Pietro Aliprandi, choosing between a long space voyage and an active sex life is pretty straightforward. "The mission comes firs...

Mars One Mission Called 'Unsustainable,' And Here's Why

The Huffington Post | Elisabeth Brier | Posted 09.03.2015 | Science

The finalists for the Mars One mission might want to think twice before accepting that one-way ticket to the red planet, according to Sydney Do, a gra...

The Best Kind Of Supper Club Wonders What We'll Eat On Mars

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.23.2015 | Arts

It's a question at least one person applying to hop on board Mars One -- the curious project that aims to send a permanent human colony to the Red Pla...

The Future Is in the Stars

Larry Womack | Posted 04.29.2015 | Technology
Larry Womack

If humanity wants to continue, it has to shoot for the stars. The future, if we have one, is indeed a Star Trek, my friends. But it is also people like Leonard Nimoy -- artists, optimists, dreamers and thinkers. The people who will one day really take us to the stars.

Astronaut Weighs In On Where We Should Colonize, And It's Not Mars

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 02.26.2015 | Science

As the Dutch-based Mars One venture continues to narrow down candidates for its one-way mission to the red planet, the idea of a permanent human settl...

Unpacking Mars

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 04.24.2015 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

Now that a week has passed since the "we regret to inform you" email from Mars One signaled my elimination from the planned mission to send the first humans to the red planet, it's time to unpack.

Mars One Candidate Thinks She Has What It Takes To Go To Red Planet

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 02.20.2015 | Science

Kenya Armbrister is one step closer to an all-expenses-paid trip to Mars. The 36-year-old resident of Oakland, Calif. is one of 100 finalists -- s...

Our Favorite Martian

Cynthia Catania | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Cynthia Catania

On Friday morning, I found out that my girlfriend is forwarding to the next round of Mars One. The Mars One candidacy endeavor is choosing 24 (extra) ordinary citizens of the earth to colonize the red planet.

Woman Wants To Be First To Give Birth On Mars

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 02.04.2015 | Weird News

Humans have yet to set foot on Mars, but one British woman already wants to be the first to give birth on the red planet. Maggie Lieu, 24, is an as...

Schrodinger's Jan

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2015 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

I'm trapped in a box, living two distinct futures. In one I live on Mars, with the inherent complexities, perils and lack of creature comforts that the first colonists will encounter there. In the other I'm spending the remainder of my days here on Earth, sipping tea in a comfy chair that swivels, rocks and reclines, with two out of three cats within easy reach most of the time.

Only One Way to Mars?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

Our earliest astronauts were test pilots; their selection followed strict criteria of age, gender, and flight experience that severely limited participation. Are we in danger of creating another exclusive group of spacefarers?

Students' Simulation Pokes Huge Holes In Plan To Colonize Mars

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Science

Thinking of joining the Mars One mission to establish a permanent colony on the red planet? Here's something to consider before signing on the dotted ...

Who Would You Want to Go to Mars With?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 11.18.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

I'm not sure even Mother Teresa or Gandhi could crack the top-tier of this list. I'm thinking Mars One is looking for far more than qualified and intrepid space explorers; they're looking for super heroes -- or at least the super heroic.

Martians in Houston: Do We Have a Problem?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 10.15.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

I realized how easily we immerse ourselves in our own disciplines and envelop ourselves in our own values, and that exiting these self-imposed and limiting confines is key to understanding and propelling ourselves toward any future -- especially the one we humans envision on Mars.

Sisterhood: Powerful on Mars!

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

I met three impressive Mars One women last weekend: Kenya Armbrister, Blake Bevin, and Megan Kane. These women are determined. They are distinctive in the skills and knowledge they'd bring to Mars. They are fun to talk to -- smart, personable, and lively. I'd go to Mars in a heartbeat with any or all of them.

On Mars, Who's in Charge?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

One sign we're on our way not just to visit, but to colonize, Mars is that people are talking about what sort of governance the first settlers will implement and adhere to.

Who Doesn't Want to Go to Mars?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

If any are left among us, the 706 remaining Mars One candidates, who aren't that serious about moving to Mars forever, it's time to opt in or opt out. Revealing oneself to the universe is not for the timid or the unsure.

Show Me the Martians!

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.21.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

Even the tiniest visual anomaly on Mars sends Earthlings reeling in imaginative speculation. In the past few years, cameras we've sent to Mars have turned up "Martians" of every variety: iguanas, rats, turtles, squirrels, Yetis, humanoid faces, and an entire alien base camp and mothership.

The Right Design Stuff Begins Here

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

Any event involving multiple astronauts is a "must-attend" for a self-defined space geek like me.

We're Not Ready for Mars Closeups

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

Mars One chief Bas Lansdorp's plan to send the first four humans on a one-way trip to establish a permanent human colony on Mars in 2025 is going full-steam ahead -- as is public and sometimes vitriolic criticism of his mission.