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Saturday, December 2, 2000


Mars News Issue 1.6

The sixth issue of Red Colony.com's official newsletter, Mars News was released today. The newsletter include all of the exciting news going on here at RC, plus the latest Mars news and even our future agenda. Here's a snippet:

We've been so busy here at Red Colony.com that we even forgot to send out the newsletter last week! So far, we've updated five pages to the new format, including the Links Section, Movies Sections, Downloads Section, 2001 Mars Odyssey, and Mars Pathfinder.

To read the full newsletter, click here. Alternatively, you can subscribe to future issues and receive Mars News in your inbox every other week for free!


- posted by Alex @ 8:32 EST

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Major Mars Discovery to be Announced

Mariner's 1965 closeup.
Mariner's 1965 closeup.
Credit: NASA
"Imaging scientists Dr. Michael Malin and Dr. Ken Edgett from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft will present what they describe as their most significant discovery yet at a Space Science Update at 2:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 7." - NASA

This announcement has caused many rumors to pop up, not the least of which is the possibility of the discovery of liquid water on the surface that may have been confirmed by images taken from the Global Surveyor. Red Colony.com will keep up with this story and be sure to post all information as it comes to us.


- posted by Alex @ 10:42 EST

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Sunday, December 3, 2000


Red Colony.org?

That's right. Yesterday we purchased Red Colony.org! Although the site isn't active yet, it will soon feature short stories, essays, and other science fiction all about the colonization of the Red Planet. Effectively, RC.org will contain fictional views from various authors' standpoints, while RC.com will remain the greatest source for colonization and terraforming articles and facts. We hope to have Red Colony.org up and running by the new year.

- posted by Alex @ 13:58 EST

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Monday, December 4, 2000


Venture Star Club

"Welcome To The Venture Star Club! The VentureStar Is An Advanced Technology Chemical Spacecraft That Will Be Used This Decade. Currently In The Process Is The Prototype Of The VentureStar Called The "X-33". This Will Be Flying In Sub-Orbit By Ground Computers And Will Be Tested Before The Final Design Of The VentureStar Starts To Be Made. Chemical Fuels Are Used For The Purpose Of Spaceflight Orbit. Other Fuels Such As Nuclear And Laser Propulsion Are For The Exploration Of Space. The VentureStar As A Official Web-Site Which Is Run By NASA And Lockheed Martin. You Can Find The Great Site Here: http://www.venturestar.com. The Club As A Web-Site Which Is In The Making." - Venture Star Club

We are proud to welcome the Venture Star Club to the Red Colony.com team.


- posted by Alex @ 18:23 EST

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Wednesday, December 6, 2000


Latest Happenings and Holiday Preparations

We've been quite busy around here. Here's the latest word on all the recent happenings:

Red Colony.org was purchased on Saturday, December 2, 2000 under the direction of RC president, Alex Moore. The site is not functional as of now, but will operate under the name "Red Colony.org" or codename RC org. Set to debut later this month, the site will be hosted by Elliance, ebusiness, ecommerce & web marketing solutions partner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Red Colony.org will "feature short stories, essays, and other science fiction all about the colonization of the Red Planet." But what does this mean? In short, this means that Red Colony.com will remain the best resource for information on Mars with the latest news and articles on the future of the Red Planet, while RC org will be more lose science fiction. You'll be able to read some of sci-fi authors' greatest works dealing with colonizing Mars, plus some of our own ideas here at RC.

"This has been my dream all along. To publish some of my own fictional works on the internet while promoting the benefits of colonizing space. Soon RC will not only be known for the largest and most elaborate selection of colonization information but for its vast selection of science-fiction novels, novellas, short stories, and essays." - RC President Alex Moore

Tomorrow's major Mars announcement has been on everyone's mind around here. We'll post that information as soon as it comes to us. The announcement begins at 2:00, something NASA calls "our most exciting discovery yet." z

You may have noticed the new title image that was put up on Sunday. This image is in its test phase and may be changed again, depending of course on what you guys think.

The Holiday season rush has brought with it some down-time. This is reason to switch over to Elliance for this site as well. If we do switch servers, it will have no affect on the site, just in the amount of "up-time."

Minor note: the contact page is currently having issues. Please direct all email to webmaster@redcolony.com for the time being, and we'll do our best to correct this problem. Special thanks to Brian Rudo for helping with the problem and to #1 Web Host's Technical Support.


- posted by Alex @ 18:14 EST

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Thursday, December 7, 2000


Evidence of Water Found on Mars!

Sedimentary Rock Formations.
Sedimentary Rock Formations.
Credit: NASA
(NASA) - In what ultimately may be their most significant discovery yet, Mars scientists say high-resolution pictures showing layers of sedimentary rock paint a portrait of an ancient Mars that long ago may have featured numerous lakes and shallow seas.

"We see distinct, thick layers of rock within craters and other depressions for which a number of lines of evidence indicate that they may have formed in lakes or shallow seas. We have never before had this type of irrefutable evidence that sedimentary rocks are widespread on Mars," said Dr. Michael Malin, principal investigator for the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft at Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS), San Diego, CA. "These images tell us that early Mars was very dynamic and may have been a lot more like Earth than many of us had been thinking."

Such layered rock structures where there were once lakes are common on Earth. The pancake-like layers of sediment compressed and cemented to form a rock record of the planet's history.

The regions of sedimentary layers on Mars are spread out and scattered around the planet. They are most common within impact craters of Western Arabia Terra, the inter-crater plains of northern Terra Meridiani, the chasms of the Valles Marineris, and parts of the northeastern Hellas Basin rim. The scientists compare the rock layers on Mars to features seen in the American Southwest, such as the Grand Canyon and the Painted Desert of Arizona.

"We caution that the Mars images tell us that the story is actually quite complicated and yet the implications are tremendous. Mars has preserved for us, in its sedimentary rocks, a record of events unlike any that occur on the planet today," said Dr. Ken Edgett, staff scientist at MSSS.

"On Earth, sedimentary rocks preserve the surface history of our planet, and within that history, the fossil record of life. It is reasonable to look for evidence of past life on Mars in these remarkably similar sedimentary layers," said Malin. "What is new in our work is that Mars has shown us that there are many more places in which to look, and that these materials may date back to the earliest times of Martian history."

We have only solved one little piece of a tremendous puzzle," Malin said. "There is no illustration on the box to show us what it is supposed to look like when it is completed and we are sure most of the pieces are missing."

This is changing the way we think about the early history of Mars -- a time perhaps more than 3.5 billion years ago.


- posted by Alex @ 15:54 EST

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Saturday, December 9, 2000


How Stuff Works Article Featured on ABC

Marshal Brain's How Stuff Works was featured on ABC's new show, Dot Comedy last night. How Stuff Works wrote and article called How Terraforming Will Work and used Red Colony.com as a primary resource. We have received massive publicity in a short period of time since the program, which aired last night at 8:00 PM EST. Be sure to check out Marshal's page, as it has a great introduction to terraforming Mars.

- posted by Alex @ 10:20 EST

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President Clinton Forsees Humans on Mars

President Bill Clinton.
President Bill Clinton.
Credit: Corbis.com
President Clinton (yes, we still have a president) announced in an exclusive Discovery Channel interview that sending humans to Mars will be "a question of when, not if." Friday's recent discovery of once-present pools of water on the surface of Mars was the topic of debate including questions on International Space Station expenses. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy vowed to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Many groups, including RC, have pressed for a similar goal to be set to put humans on Mars sometime in the near future. NASA's current plans call for several landers and orbiters to be sent to the Red Planet in the next 15 years. You can find out more about these missions by clicking on the Future Missions links at left.

(More info: MSNBC.com)


- posted by Alex @ 16:58 EST

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Monday, December 11, 2000


New History Page Introduced

We've introduced a new History Page filled with information all about the making of Red Colony.com, going back to July of 1997 and the Pathfinder landing. Check out how RC became what it is today.

- posted by Alex @ 17:52 EST

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Tuesday, December 12, 2000


Happy Holidays!

The last few days have left thousands buried in snow with terrible winds and below freezing temperatures that can only mean one thing... Happy Holidays! I'd like to take this time to remember all those people who helped make RC what it is today. Special thanks to Brian Rudo, Jeff Harr, Mike Moore, and the following people:

Mike Amerhein, John Baro, Brian Bober, Brett X33, Mr. Dille, William Ewing, Dario Frigerio, Richard Fusniak, Terry Garove, Matt Holmes, Mary Ann McGuire, Karl Messner, Sally Moore, Abu Noaman, Kay Rudo, Ron Solman, Steve Squyers, and Gil Whitely.

You guys are awesome! Thanks for a great first of many years to come!


- posted by Alex @ 12:57 EST

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Wednesday, December 13, 2000


Future Atmosphere Requirements on Mars

A Martian marsh.
A Martian marsh.
Credit: James Graham and Kandis Elliot
We'd like to introduce our latest article, Future Atmosphere. This event marks the beginning of our rewriting and combining of articles into the new format to make your experience not only easier but more informative. All of the articles will be assigned new categories, lengthened, and included with more solid facts. Also, you'll notice that each page with the new format now includes icons to "Return Home," get a "Printable Copy," "Add to Favorites," and "Tell a Friend." Plus, each page with the new format now utilizes 15% more page space to make viewing easier. If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please contact us from the Contact Page.

- posted by Alex @ 12:20 EST

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Friday, December 15, 2000


Red Colony.com Image Library

Red Colony.com's image directory now includes over 2000 Mars and space related images. Recently, we organized each image into a system of categories and folders on compact disc. The images are not currently available to the public, but we hope to put the contents of the entire CD into a new section called "Image Library." This section will include the Pic of the Day image archive, all the images used on the site, plus the images that aren't. This section may not be completed for a while, but in the mean time, keep an eye out for new images from the CD in new articles.

- posted by Alex @ 16:24 EST

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Saturday, December 16, 2000


New Glossary Feature

There's a brand new feature available on RC. It's called the Glossary, and it includes definitions on important terms, places, and people. You can access the glossary from the new Atmosphere article by clicking on words in orange. This feature will expand to all articles on Red Colony.com.

- posted by Alex @ 17:12 EST

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Monday, December 18, 2000


Concepts Developed For Long-Term Habitation

We received this from Dan Hussain of the Pittsburgh Mars Society. Here's a small portion of his email:

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- University of Arkansas School of Architecture researchers and students, in cooperation with NASA, have developed concepts for long-term habitation of Mars in response to the Mars Reference Mission, developed at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Ted Krueger, assistant professor of architecture, Jerry Wall, professor of architecture and David J. Fitts, B. Arch. '80, Flight Crew Support Division of NASA, asked students to design living and working conditions for the Mars surface. The students addressed issues related to the interior design of capsules for Mars, types of living quarters on the planet's surface, the design of rovers or jeeps for ground transportation on the planet and ultimately, the formation of a larger outpost to sustain a permanent human presence on the planet.

The students had to address conditions on the Red Planet that do not exist on Earth. The climate on Mars is generally very cold (the average daily temperature is minus 81 degrees Fahrenheit) and can vary significantly daily. Low atmospheric pressure, varied terrain, limited mobility and reduced gravity also affect habitability.

This all translates into a need to protect the crew members from Mars' harsh environment and design large, habitable spaces that provide room for living quarters, personal space, a comfortable work environment, medical and research space and recreational space.


The teams each designed several examples that could be used by NASA in the future (plus a coffee maker that works in 0 gravity!) To read the full letter visit the Pittsburgh Mars Society homepage.


- posted by Alex @ 17:58 EST

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Wednesday, December 20, 2000


Upcoming Future Cities Article

A city on Mars.
A city on Mars.
Credit: Don Dixon
I'm working on a new article called "Future Cities." Hopefully it will be done by tomorrow but here's a sneak preview:

We are told that the dome can withstand dust-storms of up to 600 kilometers an hour, but looking up above the tall city towers I'm skeptical. The air outside is thin and toxic, and one small rip in the thin, clear dome would leave the city and its 200,000 inhabitants to suffocate within seconds. Like most of the modern cities on Mars, this new dome is made of a plastic-like material that is weaker than aluminum foil. However, the guide tells us that since the atmospheric-pressure is so much higher inside the city than outside, the dome is effectively stronger than any material known to man.

If you have any images or resources that you would like to submit regarding this topic, email me from the Contact Page.


- posted by Alex @ 18:48 EST

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Sunday, December 24, 2000


Future Cities on Mars

Colonists on Mars.
Colonists on Mars.
Credit: NASA
I recently finished the Future Cities article which contains the latest information and awesome pictures on many different types of proposed Martian settlements. It is currently the longest article on Red Colony.com and has been researched in great depth. Special thanks go out to Brian Rudo for correcting all of my grammar difficulties.

- posted by Alex @ 16:50 EST

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Merry Chistmas and Happy New Year

Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Have a safe and happy holiday! See you again in 2001!

- posted by Alex @ 15:06 EST

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