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Mars One Mission Could Become A Reality TV Show

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It was bound to happen sooner or later. Everything else has been the basis for a reality show, so why not the colonization of Mars? An independent company, Mars One, aims to send four permanent residents to the Red Planet by April 2023, and the mission will be partially funded by a TV program.

The plan from Mars One is to add four new settlers to the crew every two years. By 2033 they envision 20 people living on the surface of Mars. The Dutch company has been talking with other private space-going entities, like Space X—who recently sent the first non-government rocket to the Space Station—about setting up supply chains. This will be a one-way mission. Once the settlers set down on Mars, that’s it, they’re there for good or for worse.

Mars One is backed by what seems like an unlikely pair—Gerard ‘t Hooft, a Nobel Prize winning physicist, and Paul Romer, who co-created the hit reality program Big Brother. To turn this mission into a large-scale media circus, the search for astronauts, which they aim to begin next year, will be turned into the equivalent of a reality show.

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Rover Sends Back An Incredible Photo From The Surface Of Mars

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So much of the time the photos NASA sends back from Mars are vague snapshots of dust or closeups of bland pebbles. But not this time. The following photo was captured by NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity and it just may be the most beautiful image yet captured on our nearest neighbor’s planetary surface…

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Scientists Use Icy Cave For Mars Test Run

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While it’s anybody’s guess when it will actually happen, many agree that the next big stepping stone in human space exploration will be landing a human crew on Mars. Despite the many hurdles to be surmounted, there are plenty here on Mother Earth who are studying and planning for that eventual day when we step foot on the red planet. Reuters reports (via Stuff) that Austrian scientists earlier this week used an icy Alpine cave as a Mars stand-in to test equipment that could someday be crucial in any manned mission to our red-hued neighbor.

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NASA May Use A Probe Fleet To Search Mars For Extraterrestrial Life In 2018

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MarsThe search for extraterrestrial life has been and always will be one of mankind’s greatest journeys. Into the depths of space we’ve sent many probes that have returned nothing but our own bleeps and bloops that have been lost in the ever-expanding cosmos. But maybe we’ve been looking too far away.

Mars is our closest celestial neighbor, after our moon of course, and we may not find Marvin the Martian puttering about on its surface, but Washington State Universtiy’s Dirk Schulze-Makuch thinks that with a small effort we may uncover early forms of life just beneath the red planet’s harsh surface. In an interview with Space.com, Schulze-Makuch outlined his idea to send six probes to the martian surface that once landed will dig four to eight inches into the soil and begin a series of tests that will reveal whether or not microscopic life exists.

These sorts of missions have largely been overlooked since the first hunt for life on Mars, 1975’s Viking mission, returned didley squat. However, Schulze-Makuch’s proposed mission will only cost an estimated $300 million, which sounds a lot to you and me, but in NASA’s world this is peanuts.

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A Third Of Mars Is Covered By Glass Deserts, No Sign Of Bikini-Wearing Princesses

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Glass rich sand dunes on Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

A third of Mars is covered by glass deserts… so that must mean that there is/was life on the red planet, right? The whole life on Mars thing has gotten us so hyped up that every new piece of information learned about our orbiting sister makes us leap excitedly to that conclusion.

As more research comes in though, it’s looking more and more likely. Or at least, as more research comes in, people continue trying to interpret them in ways to make the signs point to “yes.”

The latest discovery? Glassy dunes with the characteristics of volcanic glass and obsidian cover a third of the planet. New Scientist says Briony Horgan and James Bell of Arizona State University believe these were formed by magma from volcanic eruptions solidifying rapidly after interaction with ice or water.

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12 Mile High Dust Devil Photographed In High-Def On Mars

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We may be a long way off from putting a man on Mars but as technology continues to improve we’re beginning to get a pretty good look at its surface anyway. Using high-resolution cameras recent photos taken of the surface captured something pretty stunning: A 12-mile high dust devil swirling and ripping across the planet’s surface.

Take a look…