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Mars colony planned

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Space sailor Buzz Aldrin and the Florida Institute of Technology are planning to colonize Mars within 25 years.

More specifically, he’s shooting for 2039, the 70th anniversary of his own Apollo 11 moon landing, although he admits the schedule is “adjustable”.

He envisions using Mars’ moons, Phobos and Deimos, as preliminary stepping stones for astronauts. He said he dislikes the label “one-way” and imagines tours of duty lasting 10 years.

“The Pilgrims on the Mayflower came here to live and stay. They didn’t wait around Plymouth Rock for the return trip, and neither will people building up a population and a settlement” on Mars.

Hubble captures shimmering, luminous Twin Jet Nebula

Bipolar planetary nebulae occur when a twin star system lies at the center, forming beautiful wing-like symmetrical lobes. The Hubble team estimates this translucent beauty occurred only 1200 years ago.

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Yet another Martian UFO found, say UFO enthusiasts

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Mars Curiosity Rover has spotted many interesting things on its mission, like this UFO, a tiny Millennium Falcon type star freighter, heavily modded for use on Mars.

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Fantastic video of Pluto fly-by made from still images

Astronomical artist Björn Jónsson stitched together still images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past the dwarf planet Pluto last month.

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Podcast: Ian McDonald talks about Luna: New Moon (also coming to CBS!)

Science fiction titan Ian McDonald's forthcoming novel Luna: New Moon is the subject of the latest installment of the always-great Coode Street podcast (MP3).

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WATCH: NASA JPL tests gecko-inspired grippers in zero gravity

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory just released a video of their latest adhesion technologies designed for use in space.

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The design story of NASA's "worm" logo, sadly retired

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Over at Display, Graphic designer Richard Danne tells the story of the fantastic "worm" logo he and partner Bruce Blackburn created for NASA in 1974. It was used for almost twenty years until the NASA administrator Dan Goldin unfortunately reinstated the previous "meatball" logo, developed in 1959.

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Photo of ancient wheels and axle found on Mars

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Earlier this morning David posted a photo of a woman on Mars. We now know why she's there. Her 4-wheeled pareidoliaopede broke down and she is walking home. This is a photo of the axle and two wheels that broke off. mars

Here's the original photo at NASA's site.

Humanoid figure photographed on Mars

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This mysterious humanoid figure was photographed on the red planet by the Mars Curiosity Rover.

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Coming soon: Space Wars. Really.

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China, Russia, and the United Sates are developing new weapons to wage war in space. It starts by knocking out satellites using missiles, lasers, microwave interference, or spacecraft that "could simply approach a satellite and spray paint over its optics, or manually snap off its communications antennas, or destabilize its orbit," writes Lee Billings in Scientific American.

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Astronaut/musician Chris Hadfield's album recorded in space

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Chris Hadfield, astronaut, author, and musician, will release the first album partially recorded in space.

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Greens grown in space are now on Space Station astronaut menu

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Fresh veggies grown in space microgravity are on the menu for the first time for NASA astronauts on the International Space Station.

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Enjoy an atmospheric horror story about space travel

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You've just been accepted to university on Earth; you say farewell to your family and start your comfortable, luxurious trip through space. Once you're on your way, though, you realize you might not be alone.

Stowaway is a Twine story from Tanya Short about something that doesn't belong—the idea of an intruder, the idea of the self. It's very graceful and restrained, immersing you as much in the chill of its spaceward journey as in memory and emotion. I think the writing is fantastic and the storytelling dreamlike; calling it a horror story is my choice—you might get something different out of it.

Stowaway is free to play here. I've worked with Tanya and her studio Kitfox Games previously through my game design consultancy Agency, but that project wasn't related to this one.

The mysterious Face on Mars was first spotted in 1959

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Comic master Jack Kirby showed us the mysterious "Face on Mars" decades before it was imaged by the Viking 1 orbiter in 1976 and ultimately became an iconic example of pareidolia or proof of an ancient civilization on the red planet.

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Cassini captures strange red arcs on Saturn's moon Tethys

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Researchers created this enhanced-color image by compositing recent shots of Tethys taken by Cassini. Current top hypotheses for the unusual red arcs are:

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Watching a sphere of water bubble in space in 4K resolution: Yup, pretty cool

A water bubble with the remnants of an antacid tablet reaction floats in front of astronaut Terry Virts’ eye. The reaction of putting the effervescent tablet into the water was filmed with the Red Epic Dragon Camera.

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Dark Side of the Pluto

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Just made this quick 'shoop of the first thing that came into my head when I saw this amazing Pluto image from the NASA New Horizons mission.

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