Mars One Monday - 2014/12/8

Mars One Monday - 2014/12/8

The week's news from Mars One includes university experiments for the 2014 robot lander, media interviews with candidates around the world, the usual media criticism, and Martian news from the pros.

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When Rocks Fall Like Rain

When Rocks Fall Like Rain

556 asteroids struck Earth over the past 20 years according to a new report from Nasa’s Near Earth Object Program. Fortunately the constant rain of rocks and boulders striking our planet burn up in the atmosphere - unless it’s a big one like the Chelyabinsnk meteor. Learn how you can help the professionals protect our planet from asteroid threats.

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Truth from Space: Satellite images help journalists and humanitarians

Truth from Space: Satellite images help journalists and humanitarians

The Antares rocket explosion destroyed 26 satellites that were supposed to add to Planet Lab’s growing fleet in Earth orbit. Although the month ended badly, Planet Labs already has over 70 satellites in orbit. Fleets of satellites from Planet Labs and competitors like Skybox and DigitalGlobe take pictures of Earth daily. A growing number of journalists and humanitarian organizations use satellite images to uncover facts that would otherwise remain hidden. Here’s a recap of October’s satellite truth-seekers.

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K12 Science Comes from Space, K12 Science Leaves for Space

K12 Science Comes from Space, K12 Science Leaves for Space

This is a busy week for middle and high school space research. The SpaceX Dragon landed in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday returning 28 student experiments from the International Space Station. Tonight an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket launches the Cygnus cargo module - with 18 more student experiments - to the International Space Station. 310,000 students across America and Canada have taken part in space research - with little burden on the ISS astronauts or Nasa’s budget - but some in Congress think that’s a bad thing.

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Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

Recon's student space explorers will peer into the Solar System's far frontier

By this time next year a network of 40 high schools across the American West will start exploring the most remote regions of the Solar System thanks to  $1 million in National Science Foundation grants. Dr. Marc Buie and Dr. John Keller are the two co-investigators in Recon, the Research and Education Collaborative Occultation Network. They spoke with me about how the project combines citizen science, education outreach, and planetary science.

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Become a quake-spotter and monitor our shaking, quaking, not-so-solid Earth

Become a quake-spotter and monitor our shaking, quaking, not-so-solid Earth

Almost 26 million people around the world joined the Great Shake Out today to improve earthquake readiness. But once you’ve prepared for an earthquake, what can you do the other 364 days in the year? Take a look at these amateur projects that let you take part in studying our not-so-solid Earth.

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Mars One candidates may join the year-long Mars Arctic 365 mission

Mars One candidates may join the year-long Mars Arctic 365 mission

The Mars Society announced the finalists for Mars Arctic 365, its year-long simulation of a mission to Mars. A few of the 21 finalists have a more on the line. As candidates for the Mars One Project - the daring one-way journey to settle Mars - joining the MA365 mission could give them a leg-up over the other 700 Mars One candidates.

 

 

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