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Elon Musk wants to go to Mars

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Elon Musk wants to go to Mars.

Musk and his SpaceX program are the favorites to lead a manned expedition to Mars in the near future. Vegas oddsmakers have placed SpaceX as a 5-1 favorites to successfully lead a mission to Mars, over other private competitors Mars One (which would fund their project with a reality show at 15 to 1 odds) and The Mars Society (which wants to colonize Mars, at 9-1 odds). Other competitors include national spacey agencies: NASA (80-1 odds), Chinese space administration (100-1 odds), European Space Agency (300-1 odds),

SpaceX has moved on to experiments with recoverable rockets and GPS-guided landing platforms that could make the trip to our sister planet. According to Popular Mechanics, the company plans to release more specifics about its Mars Colonial Transporter before the end of this year.

Earlier this month, Musk talked about his desire to travel and have human beings live on Mars on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert."

On the show he …

NASA Confirms Liquid Water Flows On Mars

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Mars is considered as a planet where humans could possibly establish colonies some day and work continues to achieve that aim, it’s going to be a long and arduous process and success is not guaranteed but that doesn’t stop NASA and even private companies like SpaceX from entertaining the notion that some day humans might be able to live on Mars. Conditions on the planet are vital to survival of life and a new discovery made by NASA researchers gives hope that some form of life might be discovered on the red planet.

The agency’s researchers have confirmed that liquid water flows on Mars, they have identified narrow streaks in satellite images during summer time on the planet which lengthen during the warm seasons and fade when the conditions become cooler.

The images taken from Mars orbit have shown long, dark stains on terrain reaching hundreds of meters downhill in the warmer months before drying up when surface temperatures start to drop during autumn.

Scientists haven’t quite figu…

'Mars mystery solved': Nasa prompts speculation with promise of major announcement

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Conjecture over US space agency's planned announcement focuses on possibility of water on the Red Planet Nasa is making big promises for Monday, saying it will reveal the answer to a major mystery about Mars.

The US space agency said it would be announcing "a major science finding" regarding the Red Planet at 11:30am EDT (4.30pm in the UK) on the 28 September, to be broadcast live on its website.

There is much speculation that the mystery to be addressed is the phenomena known as 'recurring slope lineae', the dark tendrils observed on the planet surface during warm seasons, which it is speculated is evidence of water.

Among those speaking at the briefing will be Alfred McEwen from the University of Arizona in Tucson, who in July published a study on slope activity in Mars's Gale crater, and Lujendra Ojha, a PhD candidate from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta who has collaborated with McEwen and has also studied the possible water activity on Ma…

NASA's wild new plan to hunt for life on Mars would test SpaceX in ways never done before

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There are 99 Mars rocks on Earth, but they're not the kind that scientists need in order to resolve the all-too-intriguing mystery of whether there is — or once was — life on Mars.

So far, all efforts to answer this question have painted a picture of an ancient Mars once covered in water with a thicker atmosphere and warmer temperatures — a world similar to Earth. But no signs of past or present life have been found, yet.

That's why a team of scientists at NASA's Ames Research Center in California have come up with a wild notion to do what has never been done before: transport rocks currently on Mars to Earth.

NASA has been seriously considering a sample-return mission like this for a while, ranking it as the highest-priority big-budget mission for the future in the U.S. National Research Center's 2013 decadal survey. The return mission that NASA envisioned in 2013 would cost $6 billion, but the team at NASA's Ames Research Center thinks they might have found a ch…

Mission to Mars? Buzz Aldrin, Newt Gingrich discuss new era of Space Exploration

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When Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin first appeared on Face the Nation in 1969, he talked about a mission to Mars as the next great undertaking for U.S. space exploration.

Asked on this Sunday's Face the Nation why he thought a Mars mission had taken so long, Aldrin cited "growing public apathy" as well as the enormous cost.

‎There's also politics at play. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made headlines during the 2012 campaign season when he pledged establish a Moon colony. Looking back now, Speaker Gingrich said that while he got very positive reactions from the crowds, his opponents had "utterly stupid" reactions to his proposed permanent base on the moon.

Gingrich was ridiculed by his opponents. "I think we maybe should send some politicians up there," Ron Paul joked during a GOP debate in 2012.

Gingrich even became the subject of a sketch on NBC's Saturday Night Live.

What got less pick up was Gingrich's goal of the U.S. goi…

Why there’s no “space candidate”