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More Than 78,000 Sign Up for One-Way Trip to Mars: VIDEO


A Netherlands-based non-profit called Mars One has begun taking applications for pioneering Mars colonists it plans to finance “by staging a global reality-TV event, with cameras documenting all phases of the mission from astronaut selection to the colonists’ first years on the Red Planet.”

Via The Space Reporter: Marsone

So far, plenty of people are interested in this job offer. As of a few days ago, the number was already at 78,000 applicants.

The application period opened on April 22, 2013, and continues until August 31. It’s actually fairly easy to apply: You have to be at least 18 years of age, and you must also submit a one-minute video to Mars One that explains your motivation for becoming a Martian settler. And anybody in the world can apply. Also, you can watch all of the applicants’ videos on Mars Ones’ website.

“With [that many] applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history,” Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. “These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants.”

Watch two introductory videos, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Stephen Colbert on NASA's Lewd Conduct on Mars: VIDEO


Stephen Colbert salutes the Mars rover's recent lewd conduct on the red planet:

"This is one small step for man, one giant doodle of manjunk. This giant graffiti peenie proves our galactic supremacy. America took a pristine planet 140 million miles away and scribbled on it like it was the face of a passed-out fratboy....It officially makes the space between Mars and Uranus our solar system's taint."


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NASA's Mars Rovers Draw Naughty Images on Surface of Planet: PHOTO


NASA servers went down last night after Reddit users discovered that the Mars Rovers have been drawing naughty images on the surface of the red planet.

It is a genuine image.

A Once or Future (Living) Mars?


Was Mars once very Earth-like?

Software engineer Kevin Gill used topographical data to imagine what it might have been like.

A two dimensional digital elevation model was first rendered in jDem846 (an open-source learning project of mine) using the MRO MOLA 128 pix/deg elevation dataset. In that model, I picked a sea level and scripted it such that terrain at or below that level was flat and blue.

The resulting model was then brought into GIMP were I painted in land features using a NASA Blue Marble Next Generation image for the source textures.  There is no scientific reasoning behind how I painted it; I tried to envision how the land would appear given certain features or the effects of likely atmospheric climate. For example, I didn’t see much green taking hold within the area of Olympus Mons and the surrounding volcanoes, both due to the volcanic activity and the proximity to the equator (thus a more tropical climate). For these desert-like areas I mostly used textures taken from the Sahara in Africa and some of Australia. Likewise, as the terrain gets higher or lower in latitude I added darker flora along with tundra and glacial ice. These northern and southern areas textures are largely taken from around northern Russia. Tropical and subtropical greens were based on the rainforests of South America and Africa.

The shot above is Mars' eastern hemisphere. Check out the western one, AFTER THE JUMP...

(Kevin Gill Google+ via The Atlantic)

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Stephen Colbert Investigates Claims That Obama is a Gay Martian: VIDEO


A Colbert Report investigative report has uncovered the truth behind recent conspiracy theories. Yes, Obama is a gay Martian:

"Yes, Mars, a planet named for the most fabulous of the Gods. And one that the gays have been singing about openly for years. Which explains why NASA named the Mars Rover, 'Curiosity'."


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Scientists Spot Metallic Object as Curiosity Probe Takes First Scoopful of Mars: VIDEO


Meanwhile on Mars...

Scientists have spotted something metallic on the Martian surface and aren't sure what it is but think it may be a piece of hardware that fell off the rover itself. The object (A screw, perhaps?) was spotted after the Curiosity rover took its first soil scoop of the red planet.

Another time-lapse video shows how the rover vibrates the soil:

The clip includes 256 frames from Curiosity's Mast Camera, taken at about eight frames per second, plus interpolated frames to run at actual speed in this 32-frames-per-second version. The scoop was vibrated to discard any overfill. Churning due to vibration also serves to show physical characteristics of the collected material, such as an absence of pebbles. The scoop is 1.8 inches (4.5 centimeters) wide, 2.8 inches (7 centimeters) long.


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