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Saturday, October 4, 2003


NASA Readying MRO

Artist's Conception of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Artist's Conception of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Credit: NASA/JPL
NASA is close to beginning assembly of the next generation of Martian spacecraft. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will be a giant stride forward in terms of science ability and communications. To be launched in 2005, the orbiter will be a huge upgrade to the current Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.

Besides the incredibly high-resolution camera, which will be able to see the old Viking landers and the crashed Polar Lander, the MRO will contain an imaging spectrometer, a climate detector, subsurface radar, a gravity sensor, accelerometers to determine the structure of the Martian atmosphere, and be able to serve as a communications satellite for future missions, NASA or otherwise. In fact, the most difficult part of the MRO mission may be in interpreting the huge amount of data; while current data transfer rates could be compared to a dial-up modem, the MRO has the equivalent of two DSL modems in parallel, and will be testing experimental Ka-band communications. The bandwidth issues may in fact come from Earth's overloading communications facilities.

(More info: MSNBC.com)


- posted by Brian @ 22:17 EST

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Thursday, October 9, 2003


New Idea for Life on Mars

A new idea, which is being explored at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Glasgow, involves looking for water trapped inside of rocks. This groundbreaking (literally) project would improve our understanding of how life evolved on Earth and provide a way to search for life on Mars. The method searches for biomolecules in the water in the rocks. Professor Jonathan Cooper said, “With our collaborators in Aberdeen, we are fortunate to have the possibility of working on one of the most exciting projects in the universe, the search for life on other planets.” The team is also looking at miniaturizing the technique for use in space. The project has received £428,000 ($712,079.10) from the United Kingdom’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

(More info: Scotsman.com)


- posted by Jim @ 21:27 EST

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003


China Enters Space

China lifts off.
China lifts off.
Credit: AP
China blasted off this morning with the launch of its first astronaut, or taikonaut, into orbit. 9:10 PM EST last night, Yang Liwei made history riding to the stars aboard a Shenzhou V spacecraft where he will orbit the Earth 14 times. The People's Republic has lately expressed an interest in sending humans to Mars, but it had made clear that it intends to work step-by-step to get there. This is the first step. Few details of the mission have been leaked to the press, or to the people of China for that matter, in the event that a mishap might lower national pride. But take a walk around China today and you'll see nothing but praise for China's first astronaut equivalent to an American Alan Shepard.

With the launch, China becomes only the third country in history capable of sending humans into space, following Russia and the United States.


- posted by Alex @ 17:02 EST

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Saturday, October 25, 2003


Alex and Brian Featured on Radio Show

The Martian Revelation.
The Martian Revelation.
Credit: Mars Revealer
On Saturday, November 1st at 9:00 PM, Alex Moore and Brian Rudo will be guests on the Cape Canaveral-based Martian Revelation Radio Show. You can listen to us via live web-feed for a special 2-hour segment featuring the Red Colony team. We'll be discussing Red Colony, it's history and future, and taking calls regarding questions about colonizing and terraforming Mars. One of our focuses during the show will be Red Colony the Organization and the 1st Annual Mars Colonization and Terraforming Conference planned for next summer. If you had no idea these things were in the works, it's probably because we've been extremely busy lately and haven't officially introduced them. Look for pages about the organization and conference in the near future.

- posted by Alex @ 15:29 EST

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