Mars One Monday rounds up the past week’s reports on the project to send people on a one-way journey to Mars.
News from Mars One
Mars One in the News
In its article “The Most Important Thing We Will Need To Survive In Space” Gizmodo compares Mars One to the disastrous Biosphere 2 project. It cites the MIT feasibility analysis which found that similar imbalances in carbon dioxide and oxygen could develop without appropriate countermeasures. The article concludes with ways to avoid these problems by isolating the plant-growth chambers from the human living areas.
Mars One Candidates in the News
Media coverage of Mars One last week focused on Maggie Lieu’s withdrawal from the program. Most of the reports simply paraphrased her original tweet. The BBC picked up Lieu’s statement explaining her decision to withdraw from Mars One:
Other candidates in the news:
- South African scientist Adriana Marais spoke at a Women in Business breakfast (News 24).
- Robert Schroeder’s hopes to settle Mars (Das Erste)
- Josh Richards spoke at SciTech (Twitter)
News from Mars
Nasa’s Mars Odyssey will complete its 60,000th orbit after nearly 14 years at the red planet. The space agency’s press release summarizes the spacecraft’s many discoveries and its role as a communications relay for the Mars rovers. One of its instruments, the Themis infrared camera, was designed by scientists at Arizona State University. Philip Christensen, an ASU professor and the Themis principal investigator, explained in this ASU press release how he uses Themis images in first-year undergraduate geology classes. Themis images are also the cornerstone of the Mars Student Imaging Project which lets high school students schedule original images of the Martian surface.
Nasa helped the town of Mars, Pennsylvania, celebrated the Martian New Year. In addition to providing exhibits and outreach activities, the space agency’s Director of Planetary Science, Jim Green, delivered a keynote about Nasa’s plans to explore Mars. Dr. Green told the celebration’s attendees about the challenges humanity must overcome to live on Mars, concluding “none of that is insurmountable.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Analysis of the Martian atmosphere by scientists on the Maven mission uncovered a plume of particles escaping from the red planet’s poles. The solar wind creates an electric field that channels ions to the poles and away from the planet. The spacecraft also detected ions left behind by the comet Siding Spring last year.
Other news from Mars:
- Arizona State University compiles insider news from the rover teams at the Red Planet Report.
- Malin Space Science Systems produces a weekly Martian weather report