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Wednesday, March 16, 2005


Other Papers and Websites

Other Mars papers.
Other Mars papers.
Credit: Unknown
Although Red Colony prides itself in its many original articles, short stories, and novels, there's still so much out there. Across the expanse of the Internet exist many important papers written by the leaders in the fields of Mars colonization and terraformation. That's why we're happy to introduce the Other Papers and Websites feature of Red Colony. The page includes those papers long understood to be part of the holy Mars canon, influential and respected literature pertaining to colonizing and terraforming Mars, but published outside of Red Colony.

Grant Bonin's The Space Lottery is the most recent of these papers. He drew out attention to his work, after presenting at the 7th annual Mars Society Conference last year, with this exciting "alternative fundraising proposal" as he calls it. Here's a snippet:

"History has proven that it is in a competitive market of free ideas and tangible rewards that humanity's greatest potential can be realized. It is when we are truly exploring the unknown -- and often with great personal incentive -- that we reach beyond the safe and familiar into realms untouched, filled with promise and reward. New incentive brings with it new innovation; and new innovation means easier access to new possibilities, and better ways to explore them. It is to our detriment that we continue to disregard the call of space and at our peril that we ignore its warnings. The time has come to once again look up."

The list is always growing. If you know of any other papers or sites that should be listed there, please contact us.


- posted by Alex @ 19:49 EST

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Thursday, March 24, 2005


"Mars Chapters" Replace RC Chapters

Mars Chapters.
Mars Chapters.
Credit: Unknown
As part of our continual effort to work together with the entire Mars colonization and terraforming community, Red Colony has done away with its Red Colony Chapters in favor of Mars Chapters. The new Chapters are not affiliated with Red Colony, since Red Colony is not an organization, but will work for the general Cause for Mars. This means that existing astronomy clubs or Mars groups can become a Mars Chapter, just by pledging their support to the global community. Mars Chapters can participate in many ways, by holding meetings to discuss new terraforming methods or writing articles about a possible city design. There are no restrictions on your group's potential! The object of these Mars Chapters is the same as that of Red Colony: to serve as a forum for the debate and development of mission architectures and colonization and terraforming techniques.

Existing Chapters will not be affected by the change, although the name "Red Colony" no longer need be associated with your club. If you have any questions, or if you would like more information on becoming a chapter, email us or visit the Become a Chapter page.


- posted by Alex @ 14:58 EST

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Wednesday, March 30, 2005


NASA Plans Nanobot Swarms for Mars

Prototype TET Walker.
Prototype TET Walker.
Credit: NASA
An advanced research team at NASA has successfully tested a prototype next-generation rover system in Antarctica. The new design relies on toppling over the tetrahedron-shaped structure to move, which makes it much more robust when compared to current designs. But that's not the best part. Now that the design concept is proven sound, the researchers hope to shrink it. Dramatically.

By replacing their motors and struts with Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems and carbon nanotubes, they hope to be able to reduce the size of each machine to the micro or nano scale. When this is achieved the possibilities are endless. The researchers will use the nanorovers to form their own solar sail to get to Mars, and once there to move like a snake across the surface, growing an antenna as necessary. When one adds in the ability to repair damage to individual units, these "Autonomous Nanotechnology Swarms" begin to look like the nanobots of science fiction. But not to worry; Mars won't turn into a ball of gray goo until around 2034.

(More info: NASA)


- posted by Brian @ 23:48 EST

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