Space the Final Frontier

NASA May Use 6-Months-Long Deep Sleep to Send Astronauts to Mars

Next stop: Mars. (SpaceWorks)

NASA has long been researching the viability of sending humans to Mars. Besides exploring the terrain with that sassy Mars Rover, the agency has also experimented with what astronauts might eat should they embark on the months-long voyage to the Red Planet (the answer: Spam and Nutella), among other tests.

In the latest Mars mission-related news, NASA-backed researchers with SpaceWorks Enterprises are reportedly experimenting with putting astronauts into a medically-induced deep sleep, called torpor, during the transit time to Mars. Read More

Space the Final Frontier

Buzz Aldrin Thinks We Will Colonize Mars in the Next 25 Years

Buzz Aldrin. (Getty)

It’s been 45 years since humans first landed on the moon, and the world’s now wondering when people — not just adorable selfie-loving rovers — are going to head over to Mars.

Buzz Aldrin seems confident a Mars colony will happen, based on a Reddit AMA the famed astronaut conducted this afternoon. Among other fascinating topics, like that time he met Tina Fey, Mr. Aldrin espoused his “very strong idea, concept, conviction, that the first human beings to land on Mars should not come back to Earth.” Read More

mars attacks

New Research Claims We All Actually Came to Earth on a Meteorite from Mars

This is where I spent my childhood, you guys.

If a geochemist’s much-talked-about new research is true, human life began not on Earth, but on Mars—meaning that technically, we’re all Martians.

Today in Florence, Italy, at the annual Goldschmidt Conference on geochemistry, Professor Steven Brenner of the U.S.A. will attempt to prove that early life forms (like amoebas and such) originated on Mars, and then hitched a ride on a meteorite and trucked on over to Earth, which is something that maybe, definitely, probably happened on an episode of The Magic School Bus. Read More

Under the Dome

If You Want to Live on Mars, Prepare to Eat a Lot of Spam and Nutella

Wait, where's the salad bar? (Photo: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

And you thought you’d gotten bad about venturing out on the weekends. The AP reports that six researchers have just emerged from four months “in a small dome on a barren Hawaii lava field at 8,000 feet.” Their NASA-funded mission: plan out some recipes for what astronauts could eat on Mars and other long-haul voyages, working with only preserved food and avoiding “food boredom.”

The answer, apparently, is some combination of dehydrated food and Spam. That, and Nutella: Read More

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Barbie’s Going to Mars But Don’t Worry, Her Helmet Is Still Pink

More like the PINK PLANET, amirite? (Photo: Mattel)

In honor of the one-year anniversary of the Mars Curiosity mission, Mattel is introducing a special-edition “Mars Explorer” Barbie, designed in cooperation with NASA and part of the company’s “I Can Be” line.

Don’t fret, though, traditionalists–her hair’s still flawless and her outfit’s still covered in pink flourishes. Wouldn’t want little girls getting too crazy, now would we?  Read More