Small steps would turn around Mars One's public relations problems

Mars One is not a scam, but it only has itself to blame for the relentless criticism it receives. It is so focused on its ultimate goal that it fails to execute the basic blocking and tackling of public relations. Mars One needs to take smaller steps if it ever hopes to make the giant leap to Mars.

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Mars One Attacks - but negative tactics aren't the right path to follow

I can understand Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp’s frustration with the never-ending criticism of his plans to settle the red planet. But that doesn’t justify the negative attacks Mars One’s leadership has launched at MIT’s researchers. Mars One must take the high road if it wants to earn the credibility it needs.

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Mars One Candidates by the Numbers, for the Numbers

Mars One Candidates by the Numbers, for the Numbers

Mars One is offering the world's media exclusive access to the video interviews with its Round 2 candidates. The press release included a spreadsheet of candidates' nationalities and countries of residence. Here's my quick pass at the numbers and what they might mean for the candidates.

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3D Printing in Space - Hype, Limits, and Opportunities

3D Printing in Space - Hype, Limits, and Opportunities

The National Research Council released an early draft of “3D Printing in Space” earlier this week. The report found that most there's too much hype around 3D printing, especially its use in space. But turning 3D printing into a useful technology may not be as straightforward as the report concludes. The limits Nasa faces in everything it does could stretch it research out over decades. Could that create gaps where amateurs can play?

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