What to do? I asked myself this as I trudged along the rocky shore of Puget Sound a couple days ago, taking my daily break from work. Well, almo...
You live on a world of dry red rock. Something's missing. Air? Check. Gravity? Check. 294 days worth of Tang? Check, check, check. So, what could it be?
I credit my love and intrigue with outer space to my late mother, Julie Carroll Och. Her father was a geologist for the State Department. He traveled the globe, went into live volcanoes, and narrowly escaped South Korea as the war was breaking out there.
It's good to get people excited about science. Science is awesome! But let's not forget that science is a human endeavor built by, and for, real people. We can't stop at enthusiasm if we all want to move forward together.
For our first-month-i-versary in the dome, we all wrote blog posts. The theme was "what I learned in my first month on sMars." This month we came up with another theme: what's the most challenging, and most rewarding, part of being on sMars?
The Martian, in fact, may be the 21st Century's retelling of The Wizard of Oz -- the long-loved American fable that spoke directly to Americans' anxiety and identity, both as a nation and as individuals.
Thirty years to the day after Doc Brown took Marty McFly to the future - I'm in a dome practicing for a trip to Mars. Sadly, we are doing this without the assistance of hoverboards (for now). Happily, our pockets are still in our pants.
The spectacular computer graphics effects and designs of the recent movies Interstellar and The Martian remind us that it is easy to get to Mars and beyond via fantasy technology, but real-world travel is still a hard nut to crack.
Flipora which offers a popular content discovery app for the iPhone & Android has launched a new version of its app and rebranded itself to Rover. The rebrand comes with new features and a complete visual redesign of the service that makes the app even more fun to use.
Welcome to the 42nd day of NASA's longest simulated Mars mission! The day started with a bang. Or rather, a whimper. The whimper was the sound of our power systems almost dying. Don't panic.
This is a major scientific breakthrough that suggests that there may yet be a positive answer to David Bowie's 1970s hit, 'Life on Mars?' Back on Earth, there's been a great deal of noise about the new Global Goals for sustainable development and water is once again a central theme.
"Mars Show Signs of Having Flowing Water, Possible Niches for Life, NASA, Says" was the headline (NYT, 9/29/15) On October 30, l938, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air presented an adaptation of H.G. Welles' The War of the Worlds.
There are many challenges and many benefits of growing food on Mars. For a long-term mission, it isn't cost effective to haul food to Mars if we can grow it there. And with the reports of Martian salt water this week, we can start a biological life support system by filtering the salt out of the water that is already there.
Both actors can handle comedy and drama, have been in a nice mix of Oscar contenders and crowd pleasers, do funny stuff on late night shows, and both display an effortless, non-threatening, regular-guy appeal that makes them easy to relate to and root for.
Within a very few years, we expect that the challenges to human travel to Mars will be understood and the technologies will be ready. A new adventure will begin, one that will take its place among the great human explorations of all time.
There are a number of oddities inherent to space missions. Some are obvious and predictable: communication delays and dependence upon spacesuits, for example. Others are a little more... unexpected.