Once upon a time astronomers believed the Earth to be the only planet capable of sustaining complex life for a number of reasons. One of the key reasons was the ample supply of water on our own planet. Now with evidence gathered from the red planet, there is ample evidence that Mars may have once had the same sort of water resources as our own planet located deep underground in the Martian mantle. Is this an indicator that life could have developed on Mars just like Earth?
Mars isn't for sale. At least not yet. Technology and mineral needs may finally be pushing the human race to take steps into the further reaches of space, mining and then returning vast fortunes of minerals the likes of which our planet has not yet seen. But there's a problem. A 1967 treaty signed by the United States, the United Kingdom, and the former Soviet Union states explicitly that no human on Earth can lay claim to territory in outer space. But as this document remains on the books barring companies from heading out toward their own asteroids and mining the riches therein, the tides of change may soon be upon this treaty.
While Mars may be one of the most interesting planets in our solar system, its moon Phobos is no doubt one of the most speculated on moons ever identified. Even now in the aftermath of the failed Russian mission to send a probe to the Martian moon, there is still much in the way of mystery about the obscure and possibly hollow satellite. The idea that Phobos might be hollow was first put forth by a Russian astrophysicist by the name of Iosif Samuilovich Shklovsky to explain the odd orbit it has around the red planet. Could Phobos be hollow or even, as some theorists suggest, artificial?
For many years Mars has been seen as a planet ripe for exploration. And as our understanding of the red planet grew and expanded, a few of the fantastic claims and stories of the Martian surface were left behind by discovery. Nonetheless, speculation about Mars was one of the first thought exercises humanity was allowed to engage in during the early stages of Science Fiction. When Edgar Rice Burroughs first wrote the story "A Princess of Mars" he was writing about a vast unknown planet where any number of civilizations could potentially exist. And a number of theories sprang up both before and after his popular novel series.
In the future, if we do eventually reach our potential as a space-faring species, one of the major limitations of our abilities will come -as it always has- in how we are able to survive in the environment deep in space. But recent developments in the fields of 3-D printing and green technology have fused in such a way that may have been overlooked by what has overwhelmingly been considered a technologically driven field. In order to escape the harsh conditions of man's humble beginnings, our species has had to consistently use the materials available to push ourselves forward. But what building materials are present on - for example - Mars?
When we think about colonizing other planets, generally it is accepted that there will be a period of time when we will be unable to do anything but subsist in the most basic capacity in an artificial environment. But are there specific technologies that will make this simple existence fuller? What technologies must we develop in order for our Mars mission to become a full civilization?
In the 1950's it was a commonly held belief that by the year 2000 life on the Moon would become possible and that humanity would gradually spread out to Mars and even beyond to begin colonization of other worlds. And those projections were not necessarily overly ambitious. Had the desire to move into space truly gripped us at the same level as our desire to communicate with one another, then it seems fairly likely that we would have developed the technology and infrastructure necessary to make this happen. But instead of computers getting larger and more independent, they god smaller and more connected. But when the information age eventually reaches the moon and beyond, what might it look like?
It seems a Russian probe on its way to Mars has once again lost control of itself and started an elliptical orbit around Earth. The probe, which must be fixed remotely within two weeks or be lost completely was one of the most ambitious projects the Russian space program had engaged in. Just on the heels of the international Mars 500 program, the sudden odd behavior of the probe has been blamed on dust. But this isn't the first time a space probe suddenly lost control under mysterious circumstances while approaching Mars.
Can you imagine being stuck in a small box no larger than 1,500 square feet for a period of weeks? What about for over 500 days? That's precisely what volunteers just got finished doing in a study that lasted over a year attempting to watch the movements and actions of six volunteers to see if the isolation would give them a phenomenon known among astronauts as cabin fever or "space madness." The study was an attempt to get a deeper insight into the journey to Mars.
In the past we've covered the topic charting the possibilities of terraforming the Martian surface. But how has the playing field changed now that NASA has announced the very real possibility of water on the Martian surface? Will this simplify the process of terraforming and make it more timely? Or will there be new difficulties ahead now that we have discovered the possibility that water and even life may already exist on the Martian surface?
With a press conference earlier today, NASA announced that not only did the red planet have water, but in fact may have vast flowing repositories of the all important compound in vast quantities beneath the permafrost. The announcement has already prompted questions about the potential for life on the red planet. How is our image of Mars as a cold dead barren world gradually changing with each new discovery? And what might this mean for future space exploration?
When it was first discovered that the Lunar surface had water spread throughout it, scientists were baffled, but nowhere near as interested or as confused as now when theories are beginning to suggest the Moon may have as much water as Earth proportionally. What would a Lunar surface rich in much needed water mean for future exploration?
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a shocking question that ten years ago could only be asked to billionaires with connections to the Russian Space Program. But as space tourism grows as an industry and the next generation of space planes and rockets designed to propel tourists into space, the question is finally one that is being tabled to a larger group of adventurers intent on enjoying those first few moments of weightlessness among the stars. And projections for the future suggest the future of space tourism may one day within our lifetimes affordable for anyone for approximately the same price as a plane ticket around the world. But as more people venture into space, will humanity rekindle its interest in traveling to other planets?
As we look into the possibility of humans one day approaching Mars and even colonizing there, a strange parallel begins to unfold. In many ways the settling of Mars would be similar to the settling of New World after Columbus first landed at Plymouth Rock. And if the parallels were to continue, soon the whole of Earth may find itself in a long drawn out conflict with the human settled red planet. But how could a small group of settlers ever hope to repel forces from Earth? The answer is surprisingly simple.
A mysterious picture proclaiming to show a demonic face on the surface of Mars harkens back to the mid 90's when the red planet's first martian face hit the media full force. This latest find, discovered by researchers looking over data from the European Space Agency Portal. But is this the real deal? Clever Fakery? Or are there just too many variables here to really tell?
Certain drugs don't work while on extended missions in space, a recent study by scientists from the Johnson Space Center publishing to the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. The study suggests that certain drugs do not keep well on the shelf when exposed to the weightlessness of space. The study also suggests alternative treatments may be necessary if Astronauts are to head up on the long Journey toward Mars.
An incredible discovery from a scientist working at NASA has resulted in some very unprecedented levels of scrutiny and quite possibly the first absolute proof through official channels that we may not be alone in the universe. Dr. Richard Hoover recently published his findings in the Journal of Cosmology and says for the first time we are living in a world where life beyond our own planet has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. And not only that, but life may be far more prolific than we ever before suspected.
NASA has proposed a new vessel for long term deep space exploration that would exist more like a space station than a simple space capsule like the Orion ship. And with a Mars mission on everyone's mind the real question in the world of 2011 is inevitably, "How much will it cost?" But NASA aims to build a space station that will not only take humans to Mars, but do so in a reasonably cost effective way. And if that claim doesn't have enough weight to it, NASA proposes the ship will have a rotating centrifuge giving astronauts artificial gravity.
The red planet has long been one of the core bodies of speculation in regards to the prospect of life on other planets. And some researchers have said - perhaps with a note of alarm - that this speculation has a long and rich history reaching back hundreds of years. But the rampant speculation never reached a more fevered pitch than at the turn of the century when Nikola Tesla, famed inventor of Alternating Current and others noted strange emanations coming from the planet's surface.
Few ideas are nearly as tempting as setting foot on an alien planet that can be both explored and even brought to life by technology. And as the genre of science fiction has progressed, so have our ideas of what interstellar travel and (perhaps more importantly) planetary exploration would be like. And those planets, as time has shown, have proven to be anything but static lifeless bodies rolling through space. The planets themselves just as the stories about them have changed dramatically over time even if a few specific elements remain the same.
A photograph making the rounds in paranormal circles is being touted as evidence of an artificial structure on the Martian surface. Some have even gone so far as to suggest the object could even be an "alien base" or landing platform for extraterrestrial spacecraft. In our research we have confirmed that it is a landing platform, and the origins are alien, but not of the sort we were hoping for.
There's virtually no doubt that people go on television regularly and tell falsehoods that millions believe. But what if the lie was so big, the very fate of the planet would be called into question? Such was the case with Alternative 3, a film by director Christopher Miles that competed to take on even Orson Welles' infamous War of the Worlds Broadcast. And even today some are suspicious of the circumstances around Alternative 3's release. And there are those who suggest the film is more fact than its producers are willing to believe.
NASA has announced a space program to launch humans to Mars in a way quite similar to the proposal released to the public only a couple of weeks ago by Dirk Schulze-Makuch and Paul Davies, which we first brought to you earlier this month. The proposed 100 year starship program is thought to be one of the most powerful endeavors ever to be undertaken by mankind. And in the coming generation we may see a sustained and lasting project where people survive on a harsh and inhospitable planet.
Scientists at NASA have long been vexed by the daunting task of taking a manned mission all the way to Mars in order to collect samples and eventually return. But this task, according to many scientists, would be nothing when compared to the incredible cost it would take to bring Mars explorers back home. Two scientists believe they have uncovered a solution that is being seriously considered for the future mission to Mars. Their solution? Don't plan a return trip.
A man claims to have discovered the holy grail of meteorites and is suing the government for taking it from him after he discovered the rock contained alien life within it. And after handing it over to government scientists for analysis, when he received it back a large chunk apparently was reported missing. It was this part, the Yukon prospector says, that contained proof of alien life. And now he's suing over his loss to the tune of $18 million.
Recent developments on the Martian front have seen a new mission to the red planet being approved with a budget of some $438 millions dollars. The new mission comes partially thanks to discoveries made over the past two years that suggest life may have once been on the surface of Mars, and may still exist in microbial form in the recesses of the planet.
They may look like invaders from a parallel dimension bent on destroying humankind, but these microbial worms may be the closest thing we have on our planet to an organism from another planet. The creatures measure less than a millimeter across, but exist in such extreme environments that some scientists have suggested similar creatures existing in deep methane rich oceans such as those suspected to be on Titan.
NASA is under fire from many different groups after an image of Titan taken by the Cassini space probe reveals quite a bit was taken out of the original image. And while the controversy heats up, both sides of the argument are proposing different explanations for the obvious photoshop chop of something in the picture, and what it may be hiding. And with rumors that NASA has practiced photoshopping to remove unexplained objects from their photos, the controversy only finds more fuel for the fires of controversy.
When Charles Darwin saw the barren volcanic wasteland left behind on Ascension island, what most saw as a terrible waste, he saw as an opportunity. And now many are now wondering whether a similar idea could be transplanted into the field of terraforming. What if the distant and barren red planet Mars was actually a thriving green planet filled with life?
A recent article in the Journal of Physiology raised some serious questions about the loss of strength and vitality an astronaut may suffer after returning to Earth after six months in the weightless void of space. Astronauts subjected to no more than half a year in space suffer from muscular degeneration that results in their bodies being comparable in strength to an 80 year old.
The wait is finally over. After years of acting tough through years of begging for funding for various programs, NASA has finally declared it official: It's time to find life on Mars. And they are in the final stages of preparing the device for a launch to the red planet in 2011. It's mission is simple: find life on Mars. After years of waiting, this is one big project that may change the world, the solar system, and perhaps our perception of the whole universe if it yields a positive reading in Martian soil.
It's an incredible find that many scientists observing data sent back through the THEMIS (Thermal Emission Imaging System) somehow missed. And yet the discoverers of the cave on Mars that may serve as some of the most astounding evidence of lava tubes on its surface. The THEMIS imaging system is a NASA craft that was sent up in April of 2001 and has been on an ongoing mission to document the surface of the red planet. The real discoverers of this incredible Martian cave? A group of students from Evergreen Middle School.
EXAMINER: Vancouver Futurist and former DARPA Time Traveler question de facto Mars truth embargo
The deep politics of Mars were explored by distinguished Vancouver futurist, Alfred Lambremont Webre and Andrew D. Basiago, lawyer and author of Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Discovery of Life on MarsÃ¢â‚¬Â, during Wednesday nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s broadcast of Truth Frequency Radio. During the show, Basiago stated that by calling him both a Ã¢â‚¬Å“nutÃ¢â‚¬Â and a Ã¢â‚¬Å“disinformation agentÃ¢â‚¬Â on Coast to Coast AM, the Enterprise Mission's Richard C. Hoagland had surrendered Ã¢â‚¬Å“the mantle of leadership of Mars research.Ã¢â‚¬Â Other statements by the pair described their encounters with Ã¢â‚¬Å“CIA enforcementÃ¢â‚¬Â along with a de facto North American truth embargo of information about the reality of life on Mars.
A NASA survey of the Hellas Panitia on Mars recently found that the massive impact crater spanning 2,000 kilometers across may have once contained a massive sea of liquid water. The finding was the most dramatic yet to suggest that even if it does not now, there is a quickly growing body of evidence to suggest life once existed on the red planet.
In 1903 the Wright Brothers amid great jeering and disbelief made their incredible flight at Kittyhawk that ultimately resulted in the invention of modern aircraft. Sixty six years later those who were still alive after the incredible flight were able to bear witness of yet another incredible event. In 1969 Neil Armstrong set foot on the surface of the moon. And ever since that fateful day mankind has been looking for the next step in human exploration. Buzz Aldrin has just announced a plan to take us there.
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander had a good run by most standards. The craft originally intended to have a short run in 2008 measuring weather conditions from Mars' North pole withstanding freezing temperatures far beyond what the craft was ever intended to endure. But there was a system placed on-board with the intention of reviving it after the long winter was over.
The discovery of water on the moon seemed unlikely almost a year ago when the LCROSS confirmed its presence in vast amounts, but the discovery that would come next may prove to be one of the greatest in the past century. NASA scientists are declaring that they may have discovered evidence of life on Mars. The discovery comes in the form of pond scum, which many are saying could be the first building block of life.
Just as the story from Arthur C. Clarke's imagination of the monolith through which aliens were able to influence the development of mankind, the mysterious object photographed on the equally mysterious moon of Phobos has been steadily raising questions about the strange moon ever since it was discovered.
Since his announcement that he would be cutting massive amounts of funding to NASA, the president has been contending with the outcry of public disdain for the decision. Fortunately, the president has announced supplementary programs that could move the space program forward and possibly even send humans to explore new locations in the future.
After the discovery of Mars' surface containing water, it is understandable that the next natural step would be to look at how extremophiles, microbes that can survive under harsh environments fare in conditions similar to those found on Mars. And it has been found that a lake on Earth which strongly mimics the harsh and acidic water contents of Mars not only contain life, but that life thrived in these conditions.
When NASA's Mars Rover Spirit first landed on the Red Planet six years ago, it began a journey of discovery that has come to a frigid standstill as thousands of man hours may have finally come to an end now that temperatures in the region threaten to dip 150 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.
When this photo reached the public, there was a quick moment of suspicion that there were lush snowbound forests on Mars that had somehow been covered up for so many years. The structures displayed in the image definitely appear to be tall conifer type trees or evergreens that are dealing in their own way with the frigid temperatures. Is this photographic evidence of a secret forest on Mars?
Is there life on Mars? Mankind started looking for these answers in 1976. They first took a picture from Mars that looked like a human face. Many said that the face was a bunch of rocks. Others said that is was manipulation on light hiting the planet. The origin of the face still remains a mystery. There are scientists that say that it could be a message from an ancient civilization that may have existed or still exists underneath the surface of Mars.
Spirit, one of the two Mars rovers, seems to be stuck in the Martian soil with its right front wheel halfway buried. Spirit was exploring a low plateau when the loose soil resulted in slippage which is threatening the rover's life. This turn of events may indeed be the end of the Spirit rover.
Mars Pictures Display Unusual Anomalies- Video
am sure some can be explained away.. But there are a few that are very unusual.. I never set out to look for forms in rocks or shadows, nor eroded figures in sand.. I tried to do things from a perspective of things that do not fit into their surroundings, just as an archeologist does when doing field research..
Will Google Mars Lead Us To Finding Martians?
Google made it easier to take a stroll on Mars with it's "Google Mars". Similar to Google Maps, Google Mars allows users to scan the surface of Mars, keep track or orbiters, and search for anomalous features. This new Mars Scanning Technology makes the possibility of finding life on Mars much greater.
Mars Life-White House Being Briefed About Martian Discoveries
It appears that NASA found something pretty interesting on Mars. So interesting that the President and the White House were briefed on the matter and are seeking approval for it's public announcement. If approved, NASA plans to announce it min to late August or maybe even in September so they can gather more analytical reviews beforehand.
The Mars Phoenix Lander hit a few snags in it's first few days, but things are starting to look up. The first difficulty was the wrapping that failed to release itself, causing the lander to perform some extra maneuvers to free itself. A few days later a short circuit was discovered that effected the landers ability to heat soil samples for testing, but NASA officials said these setbacks should cause no major problems. Overall, the lander is in excellent shape.
Yesterday, May 25th 2008, NASA's "Phoenix Mars Lander" successfully landed on the surface of Mars in attempts to find the pre-cursors of life outside our planet. This day marks a huge step, as it is the first official mission to dedicated to find life on Mars.