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’s technical and financial prospects remain controversial. Yet the candidates themselves are the most visible example of a global trend - the public’s increasing participation in space exploration.
Elon Musk says nuclear warheads could terraform Mars. The Internet was too freaked out to talk about anything else… like facts. (A smallish asteroid would do the same job without longterm irradiation.)
Mars One Candidates in the News
Documentary series Citizen Mars tells the stories of five Mars One candidates. Produced for Engadget, AOL’s technology site, the series benefits from the parent company’s marketing campaign. AOL news site, The Huffington Post, promotes Citizen Mars with a series of candidate posts. Mohammed Sallam and Adriana Marais wrote pieces last week. Cinema Blend reviewed the documentary, calling Citizen Mars "a quick and compelling watch”.
Following her appearance in Citizen Mars, Sue Ann Pien spoke about her travels and sense of adventure with men’s site CheatSheet.
“One Giant Leap”, a short documentary about Mars One candidates Dianne McGrath and David Mould will screen at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Artists Inspired by Mars One
How to Live on Earth follows four people selected for a one-way mission to Mars. Inspired by Mars One, the play examines the impact their decisions have on family, friends, and themselves. How to Live on Earth opens in New York September 17 and runs through October 3.
Mars One in the News
No new developments from Mars One, but it posted an animation of the first outpost’s construction:
Dutch scientists have successfully grown crops in simulated Martian regolith, reports Volkskrant. Wieger Wamelink had previously documented his group's progress on the Mars One Community blog.
News from Mars
Nasa unveiled the finalists of its 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. The rocket equation imposes both physical and financial limits on deep space exploration. The less mass that must travel from Earth, the lower the cost of the overall mission. 3D printing and other additive manufacturing techniques could lower those costs by letting astronauts use Martian resources. Makers, architects, designers, and engineers around the world responded to a call from Nasa for conceptual habitats that could be printed on Mars.
Nasa’s Maven mission team completed its fourth deep-dip campaign. The spacecraft descended to within 125 kilometers of the planet’s surface where the atmosphere is 30 times denser than at Maven’s normal 150-kilometer orbit. The deep-dip campaigns let scientists study the well-mixed layers of Mars’ upper atmosphere directly.
Other news from Mars:
- The European Space Agency released a mosaic of the Martian south pole taken by its Mars Express orbiter.
- Nasa’s Mars Science Laboratory mission team released a panorama of petrified Martian sand dunes captured by the Curiosity rover’s Mastcam.
- The Planetary Society’s Van Kaye wrote about Icebreaker, a proposal to search for life beneath the Martian north pole.
- Planetary scientist Tanya Harrison’s article on The Planetary Society’s blog explains how to process images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Context Camera.
- Check out Arizona State University’s Red Planet Report and Malin Space Science Systems’ MRO Marci Weather Report for insider news from Mars.