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Saturday, July 7, 2001


The Big Move

Welcome to the NEW Red Colony.com. Just some of the new features include: a new color scheme, updated articles, new pic of the day, new search engine, brand new forum, updated newsletter, and file archive. Although some of these features are currently still under construction, the site is fully operational and all pages are consistent with the new format. New articles are being written to replace empty links and upcoming mission sections are in development. Be sure to visit the forum and register your Red Colony.com name to take part in future activities. This update comes just 3 days after Red Colony's first anniversary of operation. Happy birthday.

- posted by Alex @ 18:08 EST

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Sunday, July 8, 2001


Finishing Touches

I'm working on some minor HTML fixes and layout changes. It's been brought to my attention that the translator no longer functions properly, so I'll have to fix that as well. Hopefully by tomorrow we'll see the Pic of the Day feature completed and available to put on your own website. With this feature, every day a new space/Mars image will be posted along with a brief description. All you have to do is place a few lines of code on your site one time and we'll do the rest! On a minor note, Netscape is stupid and if you don't have the latest version some of the graphics here might not be in alignment. I suggest using Internet Explorer.

- posted by Alex @ 15:09 EST

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Monday, July 9, 2001


Pic of the Day Reintroduced

The Pic of the Day has been completed. Read below or click on the link for more information on this exciting feature. Webmasters, you will soon be able to put the POD on your own site just by adding one line of code to your page. Special thanks to Brian Rudo for agreeing to update the images daily ;-)

- posted by Alex @ 19:11 EST

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Wednesday, July 11, 2001


Arctic Testing

Arctic Research Station.
Arctic Research Station.
Credit: Mars Society
On Devon Island in the cold frozen North, a team of specialized NASA scientists has been testing methods for finding water underground. Since the island has geological features that are extremely similar to those on Mars, the area is the site of dozens of tests for manned missions to the red planet. Using a "geophone flute", which can relay back reliable images of the terrain hundreds of meters underground, scientists hope to be able to detect traces of frozen water on Mars without ever digging a hole. After finding water, scientists could search for fossil samples and if found, could discover the secret to how life developed on our planet and elsewhere. "It would be like reading the book of life itself," Robert Zubrin writes.

(More info: MSNBC)


- posted by Alex @ 18:12 EST

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Saturday, July 14, 2001


Busy Busy

I've been very busy. I've posted a new section called the Links Section which is far from complete but when finished will have the greatest links about Mars on the web. Jim Keener is working on a new article which I will post soon, and I am working on one of my own. The forum is bustling with activity as new members sign up every day. One more thing: the newsletter, the RC Journal, is obviously not yet complete. Although there are over 100 subscribers, the first issue is not set for publication for at least another week. I have decided that other matters are more important than the newsletter at this time.

- posted by Alex @ 13:14 EST

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Sunday, July 15, 2001


Questions Email Account

Today I added a new feature to the site. Before today I would receive 3 or 4 emails every day with questions about Mars. Added to my normal 20-25 emails per day, these questions were hard to answer. I have now added another email address to the contact page, questions@redcolony.com. Any Mars/space related questions should be directed here in the future. This will make responding much easier and save me some confusion and stress. Haha.

- posted by Alex @ 12:15 EST

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Monday, July 16, 2001


Author Profiles Section Up

The author profiles section has been added to RC. Not all profiles are completed but they should be available soon, along with a picture of us so you can finally see what we really look like. No, we're not all nerds ;-)

- posted by Alex @ 16:16 EST

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Wednesday, July 18, 2001


Mars Odyssey Section

Mars Odyssey
Mars Odyssey
Credit: NASA
NASA JPL has announced that there are only 98 more days until the Mars Odyssey arrives to Mars! (The date for arrival is October 24.) I want to have a vast section on this mission including what NASA will accomplish and exactly how they will go about doing it. Along with this section will be sections on previous missions and future missions to come. Unlike the current sections regarding these topics, this new feature will be huge and updated as new data rolls in. Look for it sometime soon.

(More info: NASA JPL)


- posted by Alex @ 20:17 EST

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Thursday, July 19, 2001


New Article: Bacteria

Bacteria
Bacteria
Credit: Unknown
New article finished by Jim Keener and Alex Moore! Here's a snippet:

Bacteria. Mars. You might not see much of a relationship between the two terms. But according to leading scientists from the Mars Society and other organizations, bacteria are as important to Mars as bacteria in our stomachs or in our medicine or even our beer. They played a leading role in the first ecosystem on Earth and will do so again on the red planet. The simple fact is that without bacteria, Mars will never be terraformed.


- posted by Alex @ 19:19 EST

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Friday, July 20, 2001


Happy Moon Day!

32 years ago on this date, Neil Armstrong and Ed Aldrin became the first to walk on the moon, a feat that decades later some say we have yet to equal. After all, it was 1969. There were no VCRs, DVDs, MTV or most other things with 3 capital letters. But we still managed to beat the Russians to the moon (just a few years after learning that humans could even survive in space) while making our '70 deadline. Or maybe we didn't even land on the moon...

- posted by Alex @ 18:29 EST

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Saturday, July 21, 2001


Ask NASA Section

Another exciting new feature of RC is Ask NASA. Visitors can post questions about missions to Mars or any questions about the planet they might have, and some of them will be submitted to NASA scientists and engineers. Also in this section is a list of the emails received by NASA in the past, including an exclusive interview with Steven Squyres regarding the 2003-04 missions. You have to check this out.

- posted by Alex @ 14:32 EST

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Sunday, July 22, 2001


Mars Odyssey

Yet another feature has been included here at Red Colony. The 2001 Mars Odyssey, set to reach Mars in October, is perhaps the most exciting mission sent to Mars yet. An entire new section devoted to this mission, filled with pages of information, images, downloads, and links, will be complete soon.

- posted by Alex @ 15:33 EST

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Monday, July 23, 2001


Mars Odyssey Introduction

I wrote an introduction to the Mars Odyssey section and a latest news page. I hope you've seen the official NASA webcast regarding the mission. Not only is it informative, but it clears up alot of questions that weren't very clear. What is amazing already about this mission to Mars is the lack of public attention that I feel it has received. Just like the Apollo missions, the Mars missions have gradually gained less and less publicity since Pathfinder. I hope the landers in 2003 will draw a large crowd. It would be a shame if they didn't.

- posted by Alex @ 18:33 EST

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Tuesday, July 24, 2001


Mars Express Section

Mars Express
Mars Express
Credit: ESA
Jeff Harr has written a nice overview of the upcoming 2003 Mars Express mission. Launched by the ESA, this mission (including a lander) will gather information that should aid in our search for water and life on Mars. Go check it out.

- posted by Alex @ 18:34 EST

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Wednesday, July 25, 2001


Image Viewer Feature

We're proud to introduce a new feature. Within each article on Red Colony.com are images that are now clickable to reveal a new window with a larger picture, description, and photo credit. Also, you can choose to view an even bigger picture in its new window. Best of all, when you click on another image in the article or any other one, that image will appear in the same window. The new Image Viewer also works with the Pic of the Day. Click on today's image to view a description and a larger picture. This new feature will make viewing images easier and allow you to see larger more detailed pictures.

- posted by Alex @ 15:35 EST

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Recent Climate Changes on Mars

Mars Climate Changes
Mars Climate Changes
Credit: NASA
Photos revealed today, taken by the Mars Global Surveyor, show signs that the climate on Mars has changed very recently and that more liquid water may lie underground than we thought. According to Brown University professor John Mustard after spending months studying the photos, 15,000 cubic miles of water may lie under the surface. That's enough to cover the entire planet in water knee high. This is great news for terraformers because all that water could be easily tapped and used to support a future human colony. Also, NASA says that Mars may have experienced a change in climate only 100,000 years ago, indicated by signs of frozen water on the surface. The red planet may not be dead afterall... it could still be alive and well.

(More info: Yahoo.com)


- posted by Alex @ 20:36 EST

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Thursday, July 26, 2001


Links Page Updated

The Links Page has been updated. Although we're still looking for more links, I've created a few sub-categories. The most interesting of these is a category called Research Projects. We have received literally dozens of emails from students all over the world looking for help with their websites on Mars. Most of these students are looking for information and images and we are more than glad to help them. They really are very educational sites, and I've picked up some facts I wasn't even aware of. This page will hold all those URLs once I straighten out the current problems with my email server.

- posted by Alex @ 16:40 EST

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Friday, July 27, 2001


Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes.
Planet of the Apes.
Credit: Twentieth Century Fox
I just got back from the premiere of Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Reviews pour in from across the country: "The most anticipated movie of the year." "A rouser, a screaming-banshee fun house." "When it's good, it comes close to being great." I have 3 words: "Rent the original." Besides its far under par special effects and poorly written plot that could have been written by primates themselves, the movie was not anywhere near as entertaining as the original. Parts of the movie made absolutely no sense and seemed to come from nowhere. As with most sci fi, you don't ask questions, you just go with it. But this is just rediculous. I think we've learned that nothing beats Charlton Heston running around in a loin cloth.

- posted by Alex @ 18:40 EST

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Sunday, July 29, 2001


New Article: Terraforming Ethics

Oops.
Oops.
Credit: Don Dixon
Another new article has been completed called Terraforming Ethics by Alex Moore. Here's a short snippet:

Terraforming is a huge undertaking. When we speak of terraforming we speak of completely changing an entire planet's climate, geology, and life. We speak of destroying land masses and geological features billions of years old, of raising the global temperature tens of degrees, and flooding the surface with huge oceans. We speak of releasing thousands of species from another planet to live and breed, changing Mars' atmospheric composition with every breath. As impossible as this all might sound, scientists are sure it can be done. Ironically, it seems that the only thing holding us back from terraforming is man himself.


- posted by Alex @ 20:42 EST

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Monday, July 30, 2001


New Introduction Page

I wrote an introduction to the website. From that page you can view the site credits, a cool scrolling feature. Also, check out the Forum and join in the many discussions that are going on. We've already had over 100 posts and that number is steadily rising. Share your thoughts on colonization, terraforming, or just surf the boards.

- posted by Alex @ 18:44 EST

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