The movie Mission To Mars showed us a scenario in which astronauts had managed to grow vegetables on the surface of Mars. It now appears that Chinese scientists intend to make this sci-fi scene a reality.
Curiosity has been on Mars for 118 days now, but she's still just getting warmed up. Since October, the rover has sampled and analyzed its first five scoops of Martian soil, and NASA announced the results (which aren't these results) at a press conference this morning.
Elon Musk has been talking about creating a colony on Mars for a while now, and he wants 80,000 colonists moving to Mars per year.
Right now, there's a bit of Martian soil sitting in the Curiosity rover's sample analysis tool that some Earthlings are getting pretty excited about. If the folks at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory find what they think they've found, it'll be "one for the history books," according to the team.
If there's life on Mars right now, it's either really good at hiding from our robots, or it's too small to be able to wave at us. In either case, an effective way of finding it might be through gene sequencing, which is why scientists want to send a DNA sequencer on Mars. It's called "the search for extraterrestrial genomes," which I have abbreviated to "SEx GNomes."
As a curious planet watches, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its mission on Mars. On Sunday, Curiosity collected its first sample of Martian soil. The sampling was not without some drama however, a bright object in the soil raised NASA's hackles, delaying the mission.
NASA's Curiosity rover is at a standstill, but thankfully it's not because its wheels are stuck. The rover is stopped for science: It's arrived at a site called Rocknest, an eight-by-16-foot area with ample loose material. Mission scientist have decided to stop here on the way to Glenelg for the mission's first scoop of soil for analysis.
Though earlier evidence provided clues that water once existed on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover has found evidence of a stream that once ran across the surface.
In all the fuss about Curiosity, the new kid on the Martian block, it's been easy to forget about the Opportunity rover, and the work it has been doing for eight long years. Well, it seems Opportunity has made an interesting discovery worth looking at — small, round spherules which scientists are calling "blueberries."
If a spaceship was leaving for Mars tomorrow, I'd want to be on it. There is no spaceship leaving for Mars — not tomorrow and not for a while — but, thanks to good ol' Curiosity, I can still watch videos like this and pretend I'm on my way down toward our ruddy planetary neighbor.