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Why Mars Died, and Earth Lived

This video explores the most basic question of all: why we explore space? Be sure to experience the visual spectacle in full HD, 1080P. The youtube.com
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Mars-bound Comet Prompts NASA To Assess Danger Posed to Red Planet Probes - Space News

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Sen - Space exploration network Mars-bound Comet Prompts NASA To Assess Danger Posed to Red Planet Probes Space News WASHINGTON — NASA is soliciting ideas for assessing the threat posed to Mars-orbiting spacecraft by the cloud of debris the comet...
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Hawaiian volcano serves as make-believe red planet for Mars researchers - The Guardian

Hawaiian volcano serves as make-believe red planet for Mars researchers - The Guardian | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it
The Guardian Hawaiian volcano serves as make-believe red planet for Mars researchers The Guardian Six astronauts emerged this week from four months spent living on Hawaii's isolated Mauna Loa volcano to simulate life on Mars, the latest elaborate...
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Mars had oxygen 4 Billion years ago, and was wet, warm and rusty long before Earth had oxygen

Mars had oxygen 4 Billion years ago, and was wet, warm and rusty long before Earth had oxygen | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it
Four billion years ago called, and they want their oxygen-rich atmosphere back, finds new research from Oxford University.

 

It all hinges on the differences between rocks that have traveled from Mars to Earth and rocks analyzed byNASA's Spirit Mars rover, a vintage robot that roamed the planet's surface from 2004 to 2010. The surface rocks examined by Spirit show more signs of oxidation than the Martian meteorites.

 

The meteorites are relatively young – between 180 million and 1.4 billion years old – compared to the surface rocks, which are thought to be 3.7 billion years old. The researchers believe that the surface rocks were drawn into the planet's interior through a process known as subduction, and then subsequently blasted back to the surface via volcanic eruptions. The meteorites, by contrast, originated from deeper inside the planet, and were therefore less affected by the atmospheric oxygen.

 

"As oxidation is what gives Mars its distinctive colour it is likely that the 'red planet' was wet, warm and rusty billions of years before Earth's atmosphere became oxygen rich," said Oxford professor and study co-author Bernard Wood, in press release.


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78,000 Apply for Private Mars Colony Project In 2 Weeks

78,000 Apply for Private Mars Colony Project In 2 Weeks | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it

Huge numbers of people on Earth are keen to leave the planet forever and seek a new life homesteading on Mars.

 

About 78,000 people have applied to become Red Planet colonists with the nonprofit organization Mars One since its application process opened on April 22, officials announced today (May 7). Mars One aims to land four people on the Red Planet in 2023 as the vanguard of a permanent colony, with more astronauts arriving every two years thereafter.

 

"With 78,000 applications in two weeks, this is turning out to be the most desired job in history," Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp said in a statement. "These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants."

 

 


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What's It Like To Drive A Rover On Mars? [Exclusive] - RedOrbit

What's It Like To Drive A Rover On Mars? [Exclusive] - RedOrbit | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it
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Most people have someone they know who has a job they are a little envious of, but there are few people in this world who have careers that even some of the most coveted positioned people envy — driving a rover on Mars.

Last year, NASA landed its fourth rover on Mars and kickstarted a mission that would unveil more about the Red Planet than ever before. This rover has provided incredible imagery of our neighboring planet, and has unveiled data about its history scientists have only begun to dig through. However, redOrbit wanted to find out who was behind the wheel during these expeditions, as well as past missions, and what it takes to pilot a vehicle millions of miles away from home.

Past Martian rovers have included Sojourner, the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the latest-and-greatest Curiosity rover. While Sojourner was more of a mission within a mission, Spirit and Opportunity set out like Lewis and Clark to explore the unexplored regions of Mars during NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission.

Spirit, the older of the two twin rovers in terms of launch dates, spent six years aiding scientists in understanding more about the Red Planet. Opportunity still roams to this day, making it the longest running rover on Mars.

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Mars One Astronaut Selection Program

Mars One will announce the start of its astronaut selection program at a press conference in New York on April 22nd at noon (EDT). The ...youtube.com
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'We are all Martians': Chemist's otherworldly claim stirs debate

'We are all Martians': Chemist's otherworldly claim stirs debate | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it

"Are we all Martians? A controversial hypothesis contends that life on our planet had to get its start somewhere else — most likely on Mars — because the chemistry on early Earth couldn't have provided the required molecular machinery." http://nbcnews.to/155qiB3


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One-Way Mars Trip: Aspiring Martian Colonists Land In Washington

One-Way Mars Trip: Aspiring Martian Colonists Land In Washington | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON — A group of volunteers hoping to become the first human Martians congregated in one spot for the first time Saturday (Aug. 3) to discuss their hopes to join the Mars One mission, a project to send colonists on a one-way trip to the Red Planet.

Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp addressed a crowd of about 50 Mars One applicants, almost all male, in an auditorium here at George Washington University. The mood at the event, which was webcast live, was something akin to a gamer's LAN party — excited discussions blended with nerdy banter. But the purpose was serious.

 

 


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Tech Visionary Elon Musk Talks About Electric Cars, Spaceships, Mars Colonization and Hyperloops at D11

Tech Visionary Elon Musk Talks About Electric Cars, Spaceships, Mars Colonization and Hyperloops at D11 | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it
"Mars is a fixer-upper of a planet, but we could make it work," says Tesla and SpaceX head Elon Musk.

 

Elon Musk dreams big. It’s hard not to get taken along for the ride — whether it’s a soon-to-launch cross-country Supercharger network that allows Tesla drivers to cross from Los Angeles to New York, an in-the-works reusable rocket that will help pioneer the colonization of Mars, or a hypothetical replacement for high-speed rail called the Hyperloop.

He was the evening speaker at D11 2013, where he said a mainstream Tesla is three to four years out, shook off electric car naysayers, announced the new nationwide Supercharger network, explained why he’s so excited about Mars, shared his views on immigration and how they diverged from FWD.us and tried to convince other smart folks to join him in doing big-picture stuff.


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Mars' Olympus Mons may have company in biggest volcanoes club—on Earth - Ars Technica

Mars' Olympus Mons may have company in biggest volcanoes club—on Earth - Ars Technica | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it
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Olympus Mons, Mars’ massive shield volcano that rises over 20 kilometers into the air and covers an area the size of Arizona, is one of the most impressive geological features in the solar system. It’s difficult to imagine such a gargantuan volcano on the surface of the Earth. But maybe that’s only because we haven’t looked hard enough.

The Shatsky Rise is a seafloor plateau in the Pacific, about 900 miles off the coast of Japan. In total, it’s about the size of California (sticking with US states as units of measure). Like other oceanic plateaus, it was built by huge outpourings of lava. They’re thought to be similar to continental “flood basalts” like the Columbia River Basalts and India’s Deccan Traps that are associated with mantle hot spots. Prodigious amounts of lava issued forth from long fissures and smaller vents during those events. There are still things we don’t know about these kinds of eruptions, so you can imagine how much less we know about the plateaus at the bottom of the ocean.

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Did life on Earth start on Mars? A scientist lays out the evidence - Los Angeles Times

Did life on Earth start on Mars? A scientist lays out the evidence - Los Angeles Times | Orca Avenger Loki Mars @ConceptMARS1 | Scoop.it
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