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Could Future Astronauts 3D Print Habitats Using Mars and Moon Soil?

Right now, there are dozens of theoretical proposals for how humans could eventually populate Mars (or the Moon), each as crazy as the next: Space elevator. Inflatables. Giant 3D printer. But there's something wonderful about watching these zany concepts emerge, each with its own unique logic. The latest? A plan to create cave-like dwellings for the one-way astronauts aboard Mars One. Read More >>

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NASA's New Martian Explorer Will Explain Where All the Water Went

We know that Mars once had an Earth-like atmosphere dense enough to support liquid water on the surface of the planet, we've found the dry riverbeds and the presence of minerals only formed in water to prove it. We're also pretty sure that the planet slowly lost that atmosphere into the depths of space on account of climate change. What we don't know is why. And that's where NASA's brand new MAVEN satellite comes in. Read More >>

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An Endangered Animal Sperm Bank Will Let Us Bring Pandas to Space

Whether or not you think that certain endangered animals are worth all the fuss, *cough*pandas*cough*, judging by the internet's recent, excited tittering over a potential panda pregnancy, the majority of people are very much pro animal kingdom diversity. So much so, in fact, that a team of Japanese scientists has begun freeze drying certain endangered animals' sperm in the hopes of one day bringing them with us to other planets.
So far, the team at Kyoto University's Institute of Laboratory Animals Graduate School of Medicine has successfully preserved the sperm of two different endangered primates and a species of giraffe. This sperm is being stored for a very long haul though, and if this stuff really is going to last until we're ready to blast off, it needs to be incredibly stable. To solve this problem, Takehito Kaneko, an associate professor working on the study, mixed the animals' baby juice with a special preservative before freeze drying the mixture, allowing it to safely exist at a cool, but still much warmer than other methods would require, 3.8 degrees Celsius. Read More >>

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The Latin Revival Starts With Mars Image Captions

A group of volunteers is attempting to bring the language of Latin back to the masses, by offering translated captions of Nasa's photos of Mars in the wording favoured by historians, posh people and the Pope. Read More >>

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How Scientists Plan To Send Hibernating Astronauts to Mars

A lot of things are falling into place for NASA's inevitable moonshot to Mars. (Mars shot?) However, one of the original challenges remains one of the more elusive ones: How do you get the astronauts to live on a spaceship for six months without going crazy? You put them to sleep, that's how. Read More >>

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If You Want to Survive in Deep Space, Nutella Is the Answer

If you're sending astronauts into deep space, or on towards Mars, food is going to be pretty important. Not only has it got to keep them alive, but it's also got to keep them sane, as eating porridge three times a day for a year is enough to drive anyone potty. Apparently Nutella is the secret weapon. Read More >>

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Mars Astronaut Barbie Is Nice and All But She's Going to Die in Space

Mattel is finally jumping aboard the mission to Mars with a new astronaut Barbie. This Mars Explorer edition features everything America's favourite anatomically impossible wonderdoll would need to survive in space (except... gloves? no matter!), and that striped and sparkly hot pink suit sure looks snappy/gender-normative. But... Barbie? We've got some bad news. Read More >>

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Oculus Rift and NASA's Simple VR Rig Can Let You Explore Mars from Home

Elon Musk wants to live on Mars, but he probably won't have the pleasure. And you aren't likely to either. But here's the next best thing, thanks to the help of the Oculus Rift and Virtuix Omni. Walk the red planet, without giving up the rest of your life to do it. Read More >>

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How Mars Would Look If Rovers Were Into Instagram

Just after Mars rover Curiosity touched down, it sent home a selfie worthy of Instagram. But what if it was actually using Instagram? Nikos Kantarakias figured he might as well find out what that'd look like. Read More >>

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Curiosity's First Year on Mars In a Whirlwind Two Minute Timelapse

It's hard to believe it but Curiosity has been out there roving the Red Planet for almost a year already. And like any good space vehicle, it has been meticulously documenting its every step(?). That's a lot of documentation. Here's the quick version: 12 months in two minutes. Ready? Go. Read More >>

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Curiosity's Just Another Pale Blue Dot in This Hi-Def Photo From Mars

Looks like we're not the only pale blue dot in the solar system. A newly released image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows us that from way up high, the Curiosity rover is nothing more than a lonely, itty bitty blue speck amidst a sea of red. Read More >>

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Mars Rover 2020: NASA Wants to Bring a Piece of Big Red Back to Earth

NASA is making grand plans to bring a piece of Mars back to Earth. Today, the US space agency announced the goals for the unnamed rover — pictured in an artist's rendering above — that will be sent to the red planet in 2020. This is going to be incredible. Read More >>

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10 Years Ago, Opportunity Rover Began a 90-Day Mission That Never Ended

When NASA's Opportunity rover launched on July 7th, 2003, expectations were modest. It would spend 90 Martian days exploring soil and rock samples and taking panoramas of the Red Planet; anything else would be a bonus. Nearly ten years after its initial shift was up, Opportunity is still going strong. Read More >>

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The Frozen Lava Flows of Mars

This might seem like some kind of psychedelic artwork — but you're actually looking a hundreds of individual lava flows, frozen in time on the side of Olympus Mons on Mars. Read More >>

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Space Can Turn Bacteria Into Supercharged Mutant Monsters

While it's still questionable whether or not humans could really thrive in space, we now know that, even if our own bodies are doomed to become weak and decrepit, any bacteria we tote along have every chance of living full, happy lives. Because according to new research, space might be exactly what bacteria need to become a thicker, stronger, superpowered mutant versions unlike anything we've ever seen on Earth. Read More >>

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