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Video: Curiosity Rover Descent Interpolated from 4fps to 25fps

Someone took the landing footage and changed it from 4fps and created new frames to make it 25fps so it looks more like an actual movie.

Amazing!

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NASA Releases First Color Panorama from Curiosity Rover

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Stunning!

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Mars: NASA Releases Stunning New Panorama of Mars

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NASA has released a stunning new image of Mars that’s made up of over 800 combined images.

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Video: Mars One – Big Brother in space?

Mars One is a company aiming to send astronauts on a one-way mission to space – in history’s biggest reality TV series. Report by Sam Datta-Paulin.

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Challenges of Getting to Mars: Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror

Team members share the challenges of Curiosity’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

Elon Musk on the Business Case for Mars

Elon Musk of SpaceX recently spoke at a symposium on space travel and outlined his vision for the colonization of Mars.

I think he’s right on the money.

Mars: Sands Dunes Shift with Time

NASA probes surveying Mars have noticed something very interesting – the sand dunes they’ve photographed have been changing the longer they’ve been monitoring.

Here’s a picture of what’s happening:

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From the BBC:

Vast sand dunes near the northern pole of Mars are not frozen relics of a distant past, but shift and change every Martian year, data have shown.

A hi-tech camera aboard Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has spotted UK-sized dune fields that are among the most dynamic on the Red Planet.

Causes, says a report in Science, include carbon dioxide gas that freezes solid onto the dunes each winter.

As it thaws in spring, the gas released destabilises, causing sand avalanches.

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Very cool!

NASA – The Frontier Is Everywhere (Video)

This inspiring fan video, featuring Carl Sagan’s famous “Pale Blue Dot” narration, is made by Reid Gower and he has this to say about NASA’s current public image:

I got frustrated with NASA and made this video. NASA is the most fascinating, adventurous, epic institution ever devised by human beings, and their media sucks. Seriously. None of their brilliant scientists appear to know how to connect with the social media crowd, which is now more important than ever. In fact, NASA is an institution whose funding directly depends on how the public views them.

In all of their brilliance, NASA seems to have forgotten to share their hopes and dreams in a way the public can relate to, leaving one of humanity’s grandest projects with terrible PR and massive funding cuts. I have a lot of ideas for a NASA marketing campaign, but I doubt they’d pay me even minimum wage to work for them. I literally have an MSWord document entitled NASAideas.doc full of ideas waiting to share. I thought maybe, just maybe someone might be able to work their magic for me on that. But the primary point of this post is to vent my frustration with NASA. Sure, they’ve fallen victim to budget cuts but I honestly think cutting media will seal NASA’s own fate. Unless they can find a way to relate to the general public, support for their projects will always be minimal, and their funding will follow suit. A social media department would easily pay for itself in government grants because it could rekindle the public interest in the space program.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY59wZdCDo0&hd=1

Here’s hoping NASA takes a cue from this!

The Earth as Seen from the Surface of Mars

Amazing picture. Makes you think about how small we really are.

Three Possible Strategies for the Colonization of Mars

The fab folks at io9 have put together a great assessment of non-fiction books that theorize the different ways we could actually colonize Mars.

Here’s an excerpt:

Could we be colonizing Mars in your lifetime? Three different non-fiction books offered different scenarios — including bombarding Mars with “greenhouse gases” and using it as a kind of quasi-penal colony. John Hickman, author of Reopening the Space Frontier, explains.

Popular science writers have been colonizing space via descriptions of the near future akin to science fiction at least since the 1920s. Retrospective story telling is attractive not only because of the overlap in the audiences for popular science and hard science fiction but also it lends a measure of pleasing inevitability to the promise of space colonization. For writers intent on sneaking past the messy problems of financing and populating their future space colony, there is nothing quite so effective as the sense of inevitability for giving readers permission to engage in wishful thinking. Crucial to the perpetration of this literary deception is analogy to some incorrectly conceived historical episode of frontier opening on Earth. Consider the following three examples.

Click here to read this excellent article.