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Sunday, September 1, 2002


Mars Terraforming Simulator

Jim Keener is working on a computer terraforming simulator. His program, written in C++, will continue to be written, rewritten, and improved, with input from the RC community. The MTS is Red Colony.com's first exclusive software and hopefully the first of many more programs. Of course, the simulator is free and meant to be enjoyed by all.

- posted by Alex @ 17:33 EST

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Monday, September 2, 2002


New Article: Is the Future Safe?

Nathanael Forstved (aka Nathan Forst from the Forum) has written an article about the youth of America and their habits which may destroy civilization. He focuses on television in particular, and presents some interesting facts. You can read it here. Happy Labor Day.

- posted by Alex @ 17:40 EST

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Thursday, September 19, 2002


Mars Gravity Biosatellite Project

Students from MIT, the University of Washington in Seattle, and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia are working on the Mars Gravity Biosatellite Project. This project will lift rodents (male and female (some pregnant)) into space for almost a month. While in space they will be aboard a craft that will spin and produce Martian gravity (1/3 Gs). They will also give birth to young that will mature in space. This is the first study of how low gravity affects mammilan development and is the longest rodent mission on record. The mission should give us hints at how humans will fair during a Mars mission and how children born in space or Mars will develop. The mission is slated to go up in 2005.

(More info: Space.com)


- posted by Jim @ 15:40 EST

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Mars Rover Test

A secret rover test is occurring in the American west. This new rover has an updated version of FIDO (Field Integrated Design & Operations) is being tested. Earlier versions of FIDO have produced instructive, yet humorous results. FIDO will allow a rover to navigate mars and do science experiments with little to no intervention from Earth. There is a webcast on September 19, 2002 at www.exploratorium.edu/marsrover.

- posted by Jim @ 15:45 EST

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