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Space edition: Earth without the Moon and the Mars Space Exploration Vehicle

Without the Moon we would have a short day, since the planet would spin faster. A day would be only 6 hours long. Also, without the Moon the tilt of Earth would vary so much that seasons would be wildly inconsistent from year to year. So, the Moon is very important. Also, in this space […]

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NASA plans to use inflatable heat shields to deliver bigger payloads to Mars

Bigger is always better. The future astronauts really need a ton of gear if they want to survive on the killer planet Mars. NASA plans to use what it is calling a Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator, or HIAD. That is basically an inflatable shield which is currently tested in NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center. They […]

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Phobos and Deimos, those tiny moons of Mars explained

Phobos and Deimos are the two tiny moons of Mars and, since they are way smaller than our Moon, those satellites don’t even have a spherical form. They have a potato form and are, most likely, asteroid pushed by Jupiter from the asteroid belt into Mars’ orbit. In any case, we still could use those […]

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SciShow space: secret space plane and Curiosity’s curiosity

X-37b is a space plane that flies since 2012, for 500 days in a row now, at about 175 km altitude. Nobody knows for sure what it does up there as it has no crew inside, but it is believed that it is used as a test bed for future reusable space shuttles. YAY. On […]

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Colonizing Mars? Hell, yeah!

Fraser Cain explains why it is hard to get to Mars and colonize it. It does not have oxygen, water or anything that would allow us to live there more than 20 seconds before we die asphyxiated or frozen or burns, depending on where you are located on Mars. Best is to use pods and […]

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Should we use micro-ogranisms to colonize Mars?

I’d say YES, do this. We do not know the full scale effects and also how these bacteria would mutate, but if we can use micro-organisms that would generate enough oxygen for us to live and would also generate organic materials that would help plants grow, then why not? Better to have a bacteria planet […]

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Plants on Mars? Yes and no!

Trace Dominques, from DNews, explains why it is hard to have plants on Mars even though the tests we did here, on Earth, were surprisingly good. While there is 2% water int he soil, the conditions are not quite ideal for plants to grow on Mars. Plants need more than soil and water to grow, […]

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SciShow about three big discoveries of 2013: Higgs Bosson, water on Mars and Neandertal genome

2013 was a great yer for the guys at SciShow, and for me too. I learned a lot, given the fact that I have another sci&tech blog in Romanian, tehnocultura.ro. 2013 brought us the Higgs Bosson, not such a big surprise after all, and then we found out that there is water on Mars and […]

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The perils of going to Mars

Travelling to Mars? Piece o’cake, unless you really want to dive deeply into the science of space travel. The road to Mars is hellish and without special protection in the 6 or so month of flying to there you can get more than the accepted life time dose of radiation. So… yeah. With a little […]

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Tribute to colonization of MARS [Curiosity Rover]

Mars Rover Curiosity from Mutant Jukebox – Music & Sound on Vimeo. Curiosity Rover landed on Mars this august and will undergo many experiments in the search for any possible sign of life in there. Most probably it will do geological research to see fi there was ever water in those places, or even if […]

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