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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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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Help find comets skimming by the Sun

Help find comets skimming by the Sun

The Sungrazer Project crowdsources discoveries of comets - over 2,700 of them - from anyone with access to the Internet. Review images collected by Nasa’s solar observatories, find signs of comets skimming over the Sun’s surface, and report your findings… for science!

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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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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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Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

Celebrate World Space Week with these GPS-enabled space exploration projects

World Space Week 2014, the global celebration of all things space, chose the theme “Space: Guiding the Way” to raise awareness of the role satellite navigation systems play in our lives. In honor of World Space Week, here's a collection of GPS-enabled amateur space exploration projects you can join. Track balloons flying into Near Space; crowdsource aurora, weather, and cosmic ray data; or create your own GPS apps for Nasa.

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Free online courses for amateur space explorers

Free online courses for amateur space explorers

Want to learn more about planetary science and astronomy? Top universities around the world run open online courses that anyone can take - free of charge. You won't get credit or a degree from CalTech or MIT, but you get to learn about space and our place in it from the top scientists in the world.

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Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

Make stellar images with the Bradford Robotic Telescope

I didn't have to spend $10,000 on my own telescope to create this image of the Orion Nebula. Thanks to the Bradford Robotic Telescope it only cost me £3 (about $5). Created by scientists at the University of Bradford to support British primary and secondary schools, anyone can subscribe to their service and create dozens of images every month.

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Learn how to find space rocks with the Asteroid Observer's Program

Learn how to find space rocks with the Asteroid Observer's Program

Learn how to find asteroids and comets through the Amateur Observer’s Program. Tracking the faint points of light moving slowly across the night sky doesn’t just challenge your amateur astronomy skills - professional astronomers depend on amateurs to make observations they can’t do themselves.

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