Mars One Monday - July 27

Mars One Monday rounds up the past week’s reports about the people who want to go on a one-way journey to Mars.

Mars One Candidates in the News

Dianne McGrath and Ryan MacDonald met up in London to discuss their experiences as Mars One candidates.

The Irish press continued to report on Steve Menaa’s selection to the Mars 100. (Irish ExaminerThe Independent)

Ryan MacDonald’s been busy. Last week he presented “Living on Mars - the Beginner’s Guide” at the Atom Society in Abingdon. Following Ryan’s appearance on King of the Nerds his alter ego Count Von Kraknor launched a YouTube channel[Corrected from original]

Laborastory posted a YouTube video of Josh Richards’ Sally Ride presentation.

Josh Richards and Dianne McGrath attended SpaceUp Australia where Josh discussed the use of storytelling to communicate science.

The Huffington Post reviewed the “Menu for Mars Kitchen” project. Artists Heidi Neilson and Douglas Paulson conducted a series of dinner conversation with scientists, nutritionists and space experts. They then held a series of culinary events that highlighted the kinds of meals early Martian explorers might eat. Edible weeds and crickets supplement a pantry of shelf-stabilized packaged food.

Scenes from Mars One, now with 68% less gravity” is a one-act theatrical production showing at the San Diego Fringe Festival. The production “brings the big ambitious dreams of space exploration, scientific discovery, and personal relationship mediation to the limiting confines of the theater and then crushes those dreams, one by one, as audiences watch in stupefied horror."

News from Mars

Worth a second look. Spectrographic analysis detected high levels of silica in this rock fragment, leading the rover team to back up and take a closer look. Credit: Nasa/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

Nasa issued an update on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity. Scientists had the rover team back up to take another look at an intriguing outcrop. The rover’s sensors detected large amounts of silica deposited in the bedrock. On Earth these formations preserve ancient organic material. While Curiosity doesn’t have the right technology to detect life, the scientists want to investigate further. In the meantime, the rover team continues to test Curiosity’s drill to ensure it doesn’t short circuit during science activities.

It may look like an interplanetary spy making a secret drop, but it's actually a rendering of Nasa's Z2 spacesuit concept. Credit: Nasa

Science Fiction site io9 interviewed Nasa spacesuit designer Amy Ross. Traditionally Nasa designs its spacesuits for specific missions - spacesuits used on the Mercury missions weren’t used on Apollo missions. Ross explained how the space agency’s next-generation spacesuit must work in a wide range of conditions on the Moon, on Mars, and in microgravity. 

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