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Pie in the sky? Mars Ice Home concept. NASA/Clouds AO/SEArch

Sorry Elon Musk, but it’s now clear that colonising Mars is unlikely – and a bad idea

Sorry Elon Musk, but it’s now clear that colonising Mars is unlikely – and a bad idea Pie in the sky? Mars Ice Home concept. NASA/Clouds AO/SEArch Andrew Coates, UCL Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk has a vision for colonising Mars, based on a big rocket, nuclear explosions…

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Mars’ south polar cap, as seen from Mars Global Surveyor. Buried beneath, we now know, is a lake of liquid water. NASA/JPL/MSSS

Discovered: a huge liquid water lake beneath the southern pole of Mars

Discovered: a huge liquid water lake beneath the southern pole of Mars Mars’ south polar cap, as seen from Mars Global Surveyor. Buried beneath, we now know, is a lake of liquid water. NASA/JPL/MSSS Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland We now know that there is permanent liquid water on…

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We can create the right kind of food plants to survive on Mars. Shutterstock/SergeyDV

How to grow crops on Mars if we are to live on the red planet

How to grow crops on Mars if we are to live on the red planet We can create the right kind of food plants to survive on Mars. Shutterstock/SergeyDV Briardo Llorente, Macquarie University Preparations are already underway for missions that will land humans on Mars in a decade or so.…

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Before we colonise Mars, let’s look to our problems on Earth

Before we colonise Mars, let’s look to our problems on Earth Mars NASA JPL Caltech cd f d o. Andrew Glikson, Australian National University Everyone wants to go to Mars, or so it seems. Elon Musk, NASA with Lockheed Martin, and now Boeing are all looking towards the red planet,…

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The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars

Research on clay formation could have implications for how to search for life on Mars The Wdowiak Ridge on Mars as seen by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. David Rothery, The Open University Today Mars has only a thin atmosphere, and its surface is very dry…

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Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim. Mars Society, Author provided

Dear diary: the Sun never set on the Arctic Mars simulation

Dear diary: the Sun never set on the Arctic Mars simulation Anastasiya (left) and myself working on the Haughton crater rim. Mars Society, Author provided Jonathan Clarke, UNSW Jonathan Clarke has just returned from another mission to simulate life on Mars. This time he was on Devon Island in the…

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The Viking landers in the 1970s were the last to look directly for life on Mars. NASA/JPL, CC BY

Worries about spreading Earth microbes shouldn’t slow search for life on Mars

Worries about spreading Earth microbes shouldn’t slow search for life on Mars The Viking landers in the 1970s were the last to look directly for life on Mars. NASA/JPL, CC BY Alberto G. Fairén, Cornell University There may be no bigger question than whether we are alone in our solar…

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Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any)

Why looking for aliens is good for society (even if there aren’t any) Shutterstock Ian Crawford, UCL The search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this young science of astrobiology, ranging…

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A view from the ‘Kimberley’ formation on Mars taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating flow of water toward a basin that existed before the larger bulk of the mountain formed. NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

The new space race: why we need a human mission to Mars

The new space race: why we need a human mission to Mars A view from the ‘Kimberley’ formation on Mars taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover. The strata in the foreground dip towards the base of Mount Sharp, indicating flow of water toward a basin that existed before the larger bulk…

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Suited up to simulate the conditions of working outside on Mars. Jonathan Clarke (the author, left) with visiting engineer Michael Curtis-Rouse, from UK Space Agency (right). Jonathan Clarke personal collection, Author provided

Dear diary: another day in the life on Mars

Dear diary: another day in the life on Mars Suited up to simulate the conditions of working outside on Mars. Jonathan Clarke (the author, left) with visiting engineer Michael Curtis-Rouse, from UK Space Agency (right). Jonathan Clarke personal collection, Author provided Jonathan Clarke, UNSW On June 16 Jonathan Clarke is…

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NASA Confirms Flowing Water On Mars!

[su_youtube url=”https://youtu.be/MDb3UZPoTpc”] NASA Confirms Flowing Water On Mars! Nasa researchers confirm salty briny water. Flows during the summer season of Mars. Giving rise to the possibility of life on Mars. “Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow the water,’ in our search for life in the universe, and now we…

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