Realize that whoever it would be, stepping on Mars would be more prestigious than being first on the moon. So you can expect a lot of dirty politics about that
‘Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp started Mars One a few years ago to find the first crew of people willing to live out the rest of their lives on another planet in the first human colony. Then every few years, Mars One would send more crews to populate the colony and replenish resources.
‘In a marketing blitz over the past year, Lansdorp has touted his campaign and called for applicants. The only requirement to be on the crew? You must be 18 years old. The rest you can learn in training over the next eight years, before launching to the Red Planet in 2023. So far, hundreds of thousands of people have applied to Mars One, and the pool has been narrowed down to 1,058…’
10 Space Landmarks We’d Like to Visit
‘There’s a good reason Carl Sagan’s landmark series, “Cosmos,” resorted to a Spaceship of the Imagination: His destinations were mostly unspeakably dangerous or unreachably distant. And then there’s the problem of time: Because light obeys a speed limit, our pictures of stellar objects are actually images of the past. By the time we reach them, they might have changed or ceased to exist.
‘Fortunately, we recently found an indestructible, time-traveling ship in a box of TARDIS Flakes (part of a past or future nutritious breakfast). It comes complete with scanners that detect all spectra, so we’re guaranteed not to miss sights better seen in ultraviolet, infrared or X-ray. So, without further ado (and as another space-time traveler would say) … allons-y!…’
World’s Largest Aircraft Might Fly Next Year
‘The aircraft can carry a load of 2,700 lbs. for up to 21 days. On shorter flights, it could carry up to 5 tons, according to the BBC. The bubbly ship has three rounded points in the front and propellers on each side. H.A.V intends to fly it again in early 2015 with hopes of making it available for passenger and cargo flights.
‘If it flies again, the airship would be 24 feet longer than the world’s largest plane, the Antonov Mriya, a Russian-Ukrainian cargo plane…’