Mars One Monday, September 22, 2014

Mars One Monday rounds up the past week’s reports on the project to send people on a one-way journey to Mars.

Mars One News

No announcements from the Mars One organization last week, but several technologies that could make Martian settlements possible received widespread coverage. The BBC and other sites covered the “contour crafting” technology developed at the University of Southern California promises to 3D print large structures using Martian sand. Smithsonian Magazine surveyed recent research into farming on Mars in “Four Handy Tips for Growing Your Garden on Mars

Norway’s Dagens Naeringsliv news magazine wrote “Fremad Mars” (Onward to Mars) that surveyed the various efforts to explore Mars. They visited the Mars Society’s facility in Utah to watch a Mars analog mission in progress. Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin discussed the role Mars should play in human space exploration. Lisa May, program director for Nasa’s Mars Exploration Program, addressed some of the technical challenges facing human exploration. The article also looked at Mars One and interviewed Norwegian candidates Robin Ingebretsen and Claudia Gallardo.

Candidate News

Huffington Post blogger and US candidate Jan Milsapps asks “Who Would You Want to Go to Mars With?” Scotty, Spock, or McCoy?

Rumbos Digital spoke with Argentinian candidate Felipe Campos Otamendi in its article “Marte: La ultima frontera” (Mars: The final frontier) but devoted most of its space to criticisms from Mariano Ribas, Science Outreach Coordinator with the Buenos Aires Planetarium.

The South African Broadcasting Company interviewed Adriana Marais, one of the 25 South African candidates. Marais, a biology researcher, spoke about the technical challenges the Mars One project must overcome. The director of the Johannesburg Planetarium, Claire Flanagan, spoke about the ethics of contaminating the Martian surface with life from Earth.

Austin, Texas, TV station KEYE interviewed local candidate Sonia Van Meter.