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Thursday, November 13, 2003


New Evidence For Long-Term Liquid Water

Niger River Delta.
Niger River Delta.
Credit: BBC
New evidence released by NASA researchers today builds part of a powerful case for a long-term liquid water presence on Mars. Detailed images taken by orbiting spacecraft show clear signs of "meandering" water in what appears to be a river delta in an unnamed crater in the southern hemisphere. In hydrology, meandering is considered evidence for a long-term flow of water.

"This latest discovery by the intrepid Mars Global Surveyor is our first definitive evidence of persistent surface water," said Dr. Jim Garvin, NASA's Lead Scientist for Mars Exploration.

The region has been suggested as a possible landing site for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory.

(More info: NASA Planetary Photojournal)


- posted by Brian @ 17:33 EST

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Saturday, November 15, 2003


2004 Red Colony Terraforming Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Credit: Unknown
In August of 2004, Red Colony.com will host the first annual Red Colony Terraforming Conference (or RCTC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From August 5th through August 8th, 2004, attendees will take part in discussions about terraforming and colonizing Mars, listen to lectures from scientists and engineers, and participate in the formation of Red Colony the Organization. Prices have not yet been set, but a tentative agenda can be found on the RCTC Front Page. Also from that link you can find out exactly what we want to accomplish at the conference. We ask that interested attendees check back in the near future for prices and a registration form.

- posted by Alex @ 16:48 EST

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003


Mars to Receive Christmas Present

Beagle 2 lander.
Beagle 2 lander.
Credit: ESA
The European Space Agency's mission to Mars, Mars Express is set to enter Mars's atmosphere in mid-December and eject the Beagle 2 Lander on December 19th. If all goes according to plan, the lander will parachute to the surface and begin conducting experiments on December 25th. As you might remember, the Mars Pathfinder landed on Mars on Independence Day, 1997, and Viking I was originally planned to land on the United States Bicentennial. Mars seems to have already become a popular place to spend the holidays.

- posted by Alex @ 16:03 EST

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Saturday, November 22, 2003


Nozomi Dying, Possible Contamination Threat

Nozomi undergoing launch integration.
Nozomi undergoing launch integration.
Credit: ISAS
Japan's Nozomi spacecraft, delayed for years due to damage from a solar flare, was recently seen to be finally back on track. Now, new releases from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency indicate that Nozomi may not reach Mars orbit at all and may instead crash into Mars, causing the potential for biological contamination of the surface.

The final failure on the beseiged orbiter has been the electrical system, which is currently blocking Japan from making crucial thruster burns to correct the path of the probe. Although the agency still has hope for the craft, the question is more and more becoming one of risk. It is a violation of international treaty to risk contamination of another celestial body, and the ethical and scientific implications of an accident could be catastrophic. Currently, Nozomi has around a 1% chance of colliding with the red planet.

(More info: MSNBC.com)


- posted by Brian @ 0:37 EST

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India Plans Mars Mission

Map of India.
Map of India.
Credit: National Geographic
Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam has come forward with new goals for the Indian space program, now forty years old. India is a nation of a billion people, with a population below the poverty line roughly equal to that of the entire United States. Nevertheless, Kalam stated that the space program will benefit all Indians with such programs as resource location, moon resource extraction, and a manned mission to Mars. All of these are slated to happen within the next fifty years.

(More info: deepikaglobal.com)


- posted by Brian @ 1:05 EST

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Monday, November 24, 2003


Article Submissions

It's been a while since we've posted any new articles, but we feel it's about time. We are issuing a call for articles about any topic dealing with Mars colonizaiton or terraforming. Articles are the heart of Red Colony.com, and they certainly make up the majority of our content. If you are interested in writing an article, visit the Submit Work page. Here's an article we recently received:

The wrold is big but there is jest a little bit of air. but if we keep polluting the air there will not be very much air left. If we dig inside Mars we can find lits of things like all sorts of rocks. And if we find life there is a chanse of not be abele to setle on Mars. But we haveint found life. So there is a chanse of life on Mars. Hannah Erdy, Age 6, Grade 1, Chillicothe, Ohio

It just goes to show that Red Colony welcomes anyone with an interest in Mars!

Thanks, Hannah!


- posted by Alex @ 22:46 EST

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Saturday, November 29, 2003


China to Land a Man on the Moon by 2020

Yang Lwei, first Chinese man in space.
Yang Lwei, first Chinese man in space.
Credit: Xinhua/AP
The People's Republic of China has announced that it plans to land a man on the moon by 2020. "We will focus on deep space exploration," said Luan Enjie, director of the Chinese National Aerospace Bureau. "The first target selected is the moon." A government that has repeatedly said it has interests in the moon and Mars, China has now officially released information that it once held secret from the international press. The government said earlier that it would launch its second manned space flight within two years. Officials also said the government plans to create a manned space station in orbit.

- posted by Alex @ 11:01 EST

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