Today was our last Sunday on sMars. In less than a week, the hatch will open and the six of us will rejoin the world. In some (obvious) ways, we never left. In many ways, we'll be aliens among our own kind.
Like the medieval Vikings, these were curious explorers and capable conquerors, but mostly they were inventors. They were "imagineers" - designers of gadgets, experiments, solutions. They invented the Viking spaceship to sail and land in unknown realms.
If all goes as planned, in 18 days the hatch will open and our one-year mission to simulated space will end.
National Geographic's upcoming series Mars may only show a fake landing on the Red Planet, but make no mistake, say its creators: A real-life landing ...
Curiosity has gotten smarter: the Mars rover now has the capability to select ChemCam laser targets autonomously, allowing the four year-old prospector to choose its own targets for remote evaluation.
Before we go to Mars, certainly before we soil another planet, let's reframe the human associations we live with daily, with an eye toward how we will represent our species when we travel to other worlds.
Our system works. Free people in a free economy who are free to exercise their dreams can do anything. WE can do anything. It is time to return to the Moon, open Free Space and go to Mars. It is time to open The Frontier.
Image credit: NASA/JPL Exactly forty years ago today I experienced one of the greatest thrills of my life. It was the fulfillment of a c...
Politicon took place June 25 and 26 at the Pasadena (Calif.) Convention Center. What is Politicon, you ask? Vanity Fair described it best as "a Comic-Con style event for political aficionados," while the Huffington Post called it "the Coachella of politics."
Until we get really good at transgressing the laws of physics, we live under the thumb of certain hard facts. One of the hardest is this: we can't p...
If you found life on Mars, would you recognize it? Cyprien Verseux explores life in space. He's currently living in an 11-meter-diameter dome in isol...
It is a land like no other; some say its one of the closest environments to that of Mars that you can find on Earth. It's really no wonder that NASA frequently studies the landscape.
Gohmert asked "if you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples?" Less than a year after he made those remarks, a plan was hatched to send exactly 40 gay people into space to put his hypothesis to the test.
Irrespective of our Red-Planet status, the "Ask Me Anything" light is green. A Reddit user submitted a request addressed to "someone on the HI-SEAS IV crew", which our Earthside mission control passed onto us.
On May 30, Mars and Earth will get close. Really close. With a distance between them of only 46.8 million miles, it's the nearest the two planets will be to each other in their respective orbits.
The exploration of the planet Mars has received a great deal of publicity over the past few years, and human missions to the Red Planet seem far more inevitable today than ever before. Yet, despite the groundswell of interest in Mars, some have argued that we don't have a mandate for humans to go to Mars any time soon. Are these skeptics correct?