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Thursday, December 5, 2002


Scientists Say Mars was Never a Greenhouse

(CNN) - The authors of a new study say that while enormous surges of water carved out sprawling networks of valleys on Mars eons ago, the young red planet was hardly a steamy greenhouse with long-lasting oceans, as some scientists have theorized. Researchers with NASA and the University of Colorado say the canyons most likely were formed during brief bouts of torrential rains, when asteroid and comet chunks collided with Mars and unleashed frozen water. They propose that the flurry of impacts produced periodic layers of hot debris that blanketed the surface, warming it above the freezing point of water for decades or centuries at a stretch. "We envision a cold and dry planet, an almost endless winter, broken by episodes of scalding rains followed by flash floods," the researchers wrote Thursday in the journal Science.

(More info: CNN.com)


- posted by Alex @ 14:49 EST

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Saturday, December 7, 2002


Exclusive Novel by Paul Sulzbacher

A Mars colony,
A Mars colony,
Credit: Unknown
Mars enthusiasts, rejoice! Paul Sulzbacher, or NolePaul of the forums, has submitted the beginning of his novel, Mission to Mars. His novel is the product of much work (and fun) and he deserves a hardy round of applause. His novel will continually be updated, so keep an eye open for additions. I think we're all excited to see where this project is going, and I personally am excited to see such a large work of fiction on Red Colony! With this novel, we have debuted the new Novel section, similar to the Fiction section. The website now boasts two exclusive novels! For those of you out there with stories, we'd love to hear them.

- posted by Alex @ 10:45 EST

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Sunday, December 8, 2002


Red Colony.com Gets TV Time in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Credit: Unknown
My friend Adam Caldwell and I attended the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game last night. We proudly wore our Red Colony.com t-shirts, and we answered many questions from interested but drunk hockey fans. Sometime in the second period we looked up and found ourselves on the Jumbotron, sitting side by side. In front of a crowd of 13,710, we hurriedly turned around, showing the Red Colony.com yin-yang logo and web address. The camera zoomed slowly in on the logo and then faded back to the game. The game was televised throughout the tri-state area, and I've already received phone calls from friends who saw us on TV. And just think, in 100 years someone on Mars will look back on that video tape in the NHL archives and smile.

- posted by Alex @ 13:23 EST

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002


Alpha Continuation

The latest version of Alpha is up, written by Nathanael Forstved.

- posted by Alex @ 5:26 EST

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Friday, December 13, 2002


Yet Another Exclusive Novel

Man on Mars.
Man on Mars.
Credit: arctic-mars.org
Chris Schubert has written a superb novel, which can be found here. While still untitled, his novel has the potential to become a great and influencial work. Chris's writing style is devloped and perfected, and we are glad to have him on the Red Colony.com team!

- posted by Alex @ 16:50 EST

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Monday, December 16, 2002


New Introduction Including Tour

A new Red Colony.com Introduction has been introduced offering a history of the site and a brief tour of its features. An introduction to terraforming is also included. The tour is designed for a presentation and can be easily viewed on a projector. Each page of the 15 page tour is split up into short bullets which can be expanded upon by a presenter. There is even a screenshot of the front page with speech bubbles for help.

- posted by Alex @ 6:52 EST

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Thursday, December 19, 2002


Pioneer still working

Pioneer 10 Diagram.
Pioneer 10 Diagram.
Credit: NASA
(CNN) - NASA engineers picked up a signal from the 30-year-old Pioneer 10 from the Deep Space Station near Madrid, Spain this month. Pioneer 10 was the first craft to move through the asteroid belt, a significant achievement, and has been silent since March 2002. Although it has not been the farthest object from the Earth since 1998, when one of the Voyager spacecraft passed it by, it has contributed significantly to our knowledge of our solar system and was the first manmade object past Pluto. Despite the faintness of the signal, which prevented any data from being obtained from the onboard instruments, the fact that it is still working after all this time is absolutely amazing. It is currently 82 Astronomical Units away from the sun, at 7.5 billion miles.

(More info: CNN.com)


- posted by Brian @ 20:54 EST

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Tuesday, December 24, 2002


Happy Holidays

Here's a big Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it, and a big well-wishing to everyone that doesn't. Have a great one!

- posted by Brian @ 22:48 EST

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Wednesday, December 25, 2002


FTP Trouble and Christmas Wishes

Civilization III.
Civilization III.
Credit: Infogrames
I've had some FTP Trouble recently and haven't been able to upload anything. I'm trying to work out the problem now, but it's Christmas and I'm too busy playing video games. Brian will be vacationing in sunny Puerto Rico while I'm being snowed-in, so who knows what will happen. I've got some articles and fiction I need to post, and two new articles by Brian and me. It's going to get exciting around here... if it isn't already. But enjoy your holiday, and if you haven't bought Civilization III yet, go do it.

- posted by Alex @ 19:55 EST

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Pillars of Fire

Damn itís cold out here. Ray thought as he broke out of his stasis tube. Glass shattered and green liquid spilled all across the floor of the room. As he began to breathe, he realized by the amount of stasis fluid left, he mustíve been in the glass jar for at least a month. At first he thought the room was an endless white abyss. But after examining it closer, he realized that there were indeed walls, and they had some white plating system covering them. This place is enough to make a person go insane.

Ian Steil has introduced an exciting novel to the RC scene... and a spectacular one at that. I look forward to seeing its completion. Great job, Ian.


- posted by Alex @ 20:28 EST

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Friday, December 27, 2002


Paying for Mars

A lander on Mars.
A lander on Mars.
Credit: Unknown
How can we make going to Mars profitable? Why, shameless commercialism of course. David J Ellard, in a thought-out article, explains his idea for the sale of Mars land, naming rights, and memorabilia. A good read, and I especially like the last bit:

The task of opening up the new frontier is ours. We are the first generation without a frontier, but we can still remember what that means. We still have some of the drive that pushes us to explore, to expand. If we leave this to our children we run the risk of them having forgotten the frontier sprit. We risk them always passing the challenge on to the next generation. We risk cloning generations of apathetic explorers, eager to discover in theory but never in practice. Mars is there for all humanity, but it is all of us who must be there for Mars.


- posted by Alex @ 23:56 EST

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Saturday, December 28, 2002


Martian Boiler Room

Mars' southern cap.
Mars' southern cap.
Credit: NASA/JPL/MSSS
This is one of the most interesting articles I have ever read on Red Colony.com. Kevin Reimund's article, Martian Boiler Room explains how Mars could become a powerplant of epic proportions, while scrubbing the planet of Co2. Free power and free oxygen... this solves all our problems.

- posted by Alex @ 13:38 EST

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Sunday, December 29, 2002


Bacterial Transformation in Relationship to Terraforming

Jim Keener (left) and Brian Rudo having too much fun.
Jim Keener (left) and Brian Rudo having too much fun.
Credit: Unknown
Brian Rudo and Jim Keener combine forces in this new Scientific Paper. The two spent several months working on an experiment to switch DNA between bacteria. Using specimins obtained from Carnegie Mellon University, they tracked all of their data and presented their findings to a panel of experts in our hometown. Their results are now available on the website, here.

- posted by Alex @ 22:06 EST

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Monday, December 30, 2002


Update to Paul Sulzbacher's Novel

Paul has submitted an update to his novel, Mission to Mars. This new section features the colonists' landing on Mars, along with some cool surprises. I also like seeing myself as one of the colonists ;-)

- posted by Alex @ 00:35 EST

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Tuesday, December 31, 2002


The Year in Review

Fireworks!
Fireworks!
Credit: Unknown
Happy New Year! It's been a great year for us here at Red Colony.com, filled with growth and success. In the last few months, the site has grown by leaps and bounds. Here are the major events of 2002:

01.19.02 - Mars Odyssey reaches Mars orbit.
01.28.02 - NASA hosts a survey to see what missions the public cares about.
02.03.02 - RC offers the chance for visitors to submit articles.
02.08.02 - The Mars Desert Research Station goes operational.
03.15.02 - Jim Keener submits his science paper on bioengineering.
04.05.02 - New data suggests that chlorophyll may exist on the surface.
05.28.02 - Hydrogen detected on the surface!
07.09.02 - Russian says it will put a human on Mars by 2015.
08.04.02 - RC Poll feature introduced.
08.11.02 - Beagle 2 construction started.
08.21.02 - New site format introduced.
09.01.02 - Exclusive Mars Terraforming Simulator begun.
10.17.02 - RC Store opened.
10.23.02 - 100 registered members on the RC forum.
11.03.02 - Chatroom introduced.
11.11.02 - New fiction section.
12.08.02 - RC gets TV time in Pittsburgh.
12.16.02 - Site tour opened to public.


- posted by Alex @ 10:14 EST

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