The Mars Ecopoiesis Test Bed concept gets approved for funding by NASA to test how we might grow plants (and eventually create a livable ecosystem) on the surface of Mars.
This rusty, balloon-flying sand barge is one man's idea of how we might survive in the harshest places on the globe.
It's a subject we can't stop exploring — just how are we going to find alien life forms? Will we receive radio transmissions? Could we stumble upon them as we start asteroid-mining and deep space exploration? Or — could it be their use of hairspray, deodorants and other aerosols that could finally give them away?