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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Mercury for the Armchair Space Explorer

Amateurs can explore space - and contribute to science - from the comfort of their own homes thanks to the Internet, the power of personal computers, and space agencies’ open data policies. This post collects resources I’ve found that amateurs can use to explore the planet Mercury. This is the first in a series of posts about Armchair Space Exploration.

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Mars One Monday - And then there were 100

Mars One announced the 100 candidates who will go on to the next selection round. Most of the media haven’t had time to do anything more than rehash the Mars One press release. I've recapped below a few reports from around the world that identified local candidates.

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Crowdfunding the Next Moonshot

Crowdfunding the Next Moonshot

Once the only people who had a shot at exploring the Moon worked for Nasa and the other big space agencies. Time and technology have made lunar exploration much less expensive. While you won’t be taking vacations on the Moon any time soon, check out this timeline of crowdfunded lunar projects and see how you can help explore the Moon.

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Gifts for Astrophysicists: Amateur observations of twinkling stars

As the holidays and the new year approaches, why not make a resolution to give more… data? The economics of science limits what scientists can do on their own. If you’re an amateur astronomer, why not share your data on the twinkling stars?

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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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Scientists publish new research based on citizen science data

Scientists publish new research based on citizen science data

Galaxy Zoo is the granddaddy of crowdsourced astronomy. Scientists use its catalog of almost 900,000 galaxies to conduct large-scale studies of galaxies that were never possible before. Here's an overview of several new papers based on Zooniverse citizen science astronomy projects that have been published or posted to preprint archives in the past month.

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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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