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Tuesday, July 9, 2002


Russia Proposes Mission by 2015

Mission by 2015?
Mission by 2015?
Credit: NASA
(CNN) - Russia proposed a joint effort to conquer Mars Sunday, between the European Space Agency and NASA. The project, which would ambitiously land humans on Mars by 2015, would cost 20 billion dollars, with Russia supplying 30%.

"It must be an international project," said Vitaly Semyonov, head of the Mars project at the M.V. Keldysha Space Research Center. "No one country could cope alone with this task."

"We are still very far away," conceded Alain Fournier-Sicre, head of the European Space Agency's permanent mission in Russia. "But this kind of program is a long-term initiative for every space agency in the world," he said, adding that he held a meeting with Russian space officials this week to discuss the project.

(More info: CNN.com)


- posted by Brian @ 17:03 EST

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Monday, July 15, 2002


Incentive to go to Mars?

(Pravda) - On Friday leading specialist of Rosaviakosmos Vitaly Semenov announced at a meeting with journalists that the project of a manned flight to Mars was being developed in Russia together with American specialists. According to the scientist, the project stipulated the flight of a group of 6 cosmonauts in 2014-2015. Vitaly Semenov stressed that "presently preliminary consideration of the project was being carried out." According to the scientist, preparation for the flight including construction of the spacecraft and the flight itself will require expenditures in the amount of approximately USD 20 billion, one third of which will be financed by Russia. Vitaly Semenov stated that "certainly, it would be an international project and already now countries of the European Space Agency would like to join it. This week we started corresponding negotiations with them on this matter." The scientists indicated that the development of the first stage of the project "was reliably financed by American and Russian authorities."

(More info: Pravda)


- posted by Alex @ 14:05 EST

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Friday, July 26, 2002


Mars Screensaver

Mars screensaver.
Mars screensaver.
Credit: XViews
The guys over at XViews.com have put together another amazing screensaver. Visions of Mars, available for demo evaluation or to buy (14.95), combines breathtaking images of centuries of human settlement on Mars.

According to David Smallwood:

After months of creative development, we are pleased to announce the completion of our latest screensaver 'Visions of Mars'. Visions of Mars tells the story of the next 1000 years of human involvement on the red planet; from the first explorations of robotic rovers to sprawling human cities of the future.

You definitely don't want to miss this one. Tell 'em RC sent ya.

(More info: XViews)


- posted by Alex @ 17:06 EST

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Sunday, July 28, 2002


Extremophile Article in Time Magazine

Extremophiles.
Extremophiles.
Credit: Time Magazine
The July 29th edition of Time Magazine contains one of the most interesting articles about Archaea I've ever read. These tiny microbes thrive "on boiling heat, freezing cold, radiation and toxic chemicals" and are rewriting the biology books with their every discovery. Since the 1980s, scientists have been searching for life in deeper and darker corners of the Earth than ever before. Originaly, life was believed to require water, oxygen, and photosynthesis. Now that the boundaries have been shattered, scientists look to the planets for life.

In the article, several references are made to Europa, Mars, and Titan. Lake Vostok, the preserved Europa-model-on-Earth, is mentioned, and Fat Bastard from Austin Powers is the subject of an essay.

(More info: Time.com)


- posted by Alex @ 21:08 EST

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Wednesday, July 31, 2002


X-Prize Foundation

X-Prize.
X-Prize.
Credit: Canadian Arrow
The X-Prize Foundation is holding a contest: a race to space. To date, only government space agencies have put a man into space, even in an economy where corporations make billions in cash profit each year. The contest offers a 10 million dollar prize to the first team that can launch a human being into orbit. Twenty-one teams are competing from five countries. While it may be years before a rocket can be launched, a Canadian team successfully demonstrated an engine test burn last week. If the public is educated about Mars colonization and corporations recognize a 'land of oppurtunity', private organizations may outperform government agencies. There is no congress, no war on terror, and no poorly funded space programs. A businessman may one day be the first to Mars, and he will bring a gushing flood of competitors.

(More info: CNN.com)


- posted by Alex @ 17:11 EST

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