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Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Race to Mars

Months ago, the Russian space agency announced plans to put a man on Mars by 2020. Scientists and engineers speaking for the project claimed that, "We can do this by 2020 and, from a medical point of view, there are no big hurdles left to hinder such a mission." Although no mission plan has been released yet (or will be for 4 years), the government is extremely confident they can complete the mission utilizing all their experience from Mir and research here on Earth. Estimated total cost for the mission: 10 billion dollars, or roughly 40 times less than NASA's estimate 12 years ago.

(More info: London Times)

- posted by Alex @ 18:49 EST

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Friday, August 3, 2001

Going on Vacation

There will be no more posts until the week of August 12, 2001 due to unfortunate circumstances and my vacation to Ocean City, Maryland next week. While I'm gone, Brian Rudo has agreed to work on the Pic of The Day. He deserves a vacation just as much as any of us. Until then, troll the boards, check out the latest articles, and surf through the News Archive. We have a year's worth of Mars news in there.

- posted by Alex @ 14:52 EST

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Monday, August 13, 2001

Back to Work

Hello everyone. I got back from vacation yesterday and have been catching up on all my email, the forum, and recent Mars news. Alot has been on my mind. I'm currently working on a new article which should be up sooner than later, and a couple more are in the works. Also, a few surprises are up my sleeve, and some visitors have contacted me with ideas of their own. (Think Pic of the Day...)

- posted by Alex @ 21:53 EST

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Tuesday, August 14, 2001

Mars Glider

Mars Glider.
Mars Glider.
Credit: NASA
NASA conducted a test flight for a prototype of an airplane that will soon be flown over the surface of Mars. The glider soared down from over 100,000 feet for a "great flight" that "realized all of our test objectives." The remote-controlled glider is 8 feet wide and on Mars will carry sophisticated instruments to search for signs of liquid water. Cameras would photograph the surface from an elevation lower than ever before with amazing clarity. The mission pays tribute to the Wright brothers famous first flight on December 17, 1903 and is scheduled to take place exactly 100 years later.

(More info: MSNBC)

- posted by Alex @ 18:59 EST

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Thursday, August 16, 2001

Pic of the Day Archive

It took many days to complete, but the Pic of the Day Archive has been completed. This new feature contains all the images used in previous PODs, post the July update, with vast information and a larger image available for each. The feature will be sorted into monthly categories and may even be searchable in the future. Many thanks to Brian.

- posted by Alex @ 11:01 EST

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Saturday, August 18, 2001

File Archive Update

The File Archive has been updated with this month's screenshot. Alternatively, if you would like to read news posts from previous months, visit the News Archive. Also, the links page has been updated with new links and descriptions. Remember, the links page is not a "reciprocal link exchange" service. Only sites that are educational and informative will be listed, not necessarily sites that offer Red a link. If you would like to discuss advertising deals, contact me here.

- posted by Alex @ 14:02 EST

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Sunday, August 19, 2001

New Article: Transportation

Mars transport.
Mars transport.
Credit: Unknown
Another article completed, called Transportation by Alex Moore. This article features 5 types of transportation in the future and ways they could be used on Mars. Here's a snippet:

Kim Stanley Robinson describes several types of rovers in his Mars Series, all of which travel for extended periods of time. Unlike personal vehicles on the road today, these vehicles would contain living quarters and enough supplies for long journeys across large expanses of land. Guided by GPS or automatic pilot, the rovers would avoid any dangerous terrain.

- posted by Alex @ 19:02 EST

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Monday, August 20, 2001

Space Elevator

Another method for transportation has been included in the new Transportation article, a space elevator:

A passing asteroid would have to be captured and put into orbit around Mars, with a cable built down to the equator where it would be suspended a few feet above ground. Cars would then be built to travel up and down the cable, a trip that would take no more than 3 or 4 days.

- posted by Alex @ 20:04 EST

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Tuesday, August 21, 2001

Email Problems

For some reason my webhost's email server has been completely wiped out. Therefore, any emails sent after August 18th were not received by me, either at or Hopefully this is only a temporary problem, because my webhost uses the same email server and therefore I cannot even contact them about the problem. I have a faint hope that they will fix it, and with each day it grows dimmer. An ownership switch was set to take place this week and if I can't get the request sent in my account will be canceled and Red will be history. I don't expect this to happen, but it's extremely aggrivating not to be able to do anything about it.

- posted by Alex @ 16:09 EST

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Friday, August 24, 2001

Email Problem Fixed

My email server kicked in sometime yesterday, and I received all the emails from the last few days. Now that the problem is fixed, I have a few other issues with my webhost to figure out, and once that's done I can get back to actually working on the site. Also, the August news archive is up.

- posted by Alex @ 7:10 EST

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Saturday, August 25, 2001

Links Section Updated

The Links Section has been updated once again, this time with a brand new format. A new category has been included called the Link Exchange Directory. Websites that have contacted us about exchanging links are included in this category.

- posted by Alex @ 9:11 EST

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Monday, August 27, 2001


IBM recently announced the production of a working logic circuit constructed entirely of carbon nanotubes, about 100,000 times thinner than a human hair. This breakthrough could lead to miniscule computer chips with unimaginable speeds. Hey, our Space program can use all of the computing power it can get. A colony on Mars would most definetely require the kind of computing power contained in such a "micro-micro-microchip".

(More info: Reuters)

- posted by Alex @ 20:12 EST

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Tuesday, August 28, 2001

NASA Firefighting?

NASA Firefighting?
NASA Firefighting?
Credit: AP/Reuters
NASA's Terra satellite, which had originally been designed to monitor climate changes and pollution, is helping firefighters to plot smoke, hot spots and previously burned areas. Twice a day, the satellite updates the firefighters on the blazes location, direction and the destruction they are leaving behind. A very similar but more powerful satellite is en-route to Mars now.

(More info: Reuters)

- posted by Alex @ 21:13 EST

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Wednesday, August 29, 2001

2020 Deadline

It looks like the 2010s are going to be an interesting decade. NASA chief Daniel Goldin is hot on the Russians' tail. "Letís burn into our brains that this civilization is not condemned to live on only one planet. Letís burn it into our brains that in our lifetimes, we will extend the reach of this human species onto other planets and to other bodies in our solar system and build the robots that will leave our solar system to go to other stars, then ultimately to be followed by people." He claims we can send humans to Mars within 20 years, something in which only the Russians have shown interest.

(More info:

- posted by Alex @ 22:16 EST

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Thursday, August 30, 2001

United Nations Pressure

The United Nations urged President Bush today to keep his plans for a missile shield on earth and preserve outer space for peace. This comes at an interesting time in which China, Japan, and Russia have all shown mild interest in space based weapons systems. "Hitherto outer space has been militarized we concede but not weaponized. There has been no placement of weapons in outer space," said U.N. Under-Secretary General for disarmament affairs Jayantha Dhanapala.

- posted by Alex @ 16:29 EST

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