NASA Plans To Build a Research Outpost On Mars In The Next 20 Years
NASA have confirmed plans to establish an outpost on Mars. Before you get your hopes up too high, this will just be temporary accommodation for astronauts. According to agency officials, a permanent colony is “a long way down the road."
"No one’s thinking of, on the NASA side, like a permanent human base,” Chief Exploration Scientist Ben Bussey clarified. In other words, this will not be a Mars One-equivalent program.
The team isn't expecting humans to set foot on the red planet until the late 2020s or early 2030s, at which point we will begin to set up the Martian outpost. This will consist of a "habitation zone" at the centre of a 62 mile (100km) "exploration zone" radius.
The area will be chosen based on the how many regions of interest (ROIs) will be there, allowing astronauts to perform investigations, find raw materials for day-to-day living, and ultimately find out if there are signs of life on Mars.
As Bussey explains:
“The idea here is that you would have your exploration zone that you set up for the first crew…And that crew would leave, and then you send another crew at the next good launch opportunity. So it isn’t permanently occupied, but it is visited multiple times.”
Space.com go into great amounts of detail about the plan, but it's fair to say we're excited about the future!
From all indications, the future of competitive gaming is bright and that’s a conservative projection.
UK retailer Game has announced a rather misleading Fortnite giveaway, which I think is more harmful than good…
The Skullcandy Crusher 360 headphones are good, but are they $300 good? Find out in my review…
I just got round to watching A Quiet Place and, well… Here’s why it single-handedly exceeded all my expectations, to become the best film I’ve seen this decade.
Would you be comfortable with having a robot companion? Unsurprisingly, studies show over 72% of Britons would be uncomfortable with a cyborg chum.
Looking for a strong case for your phone? Maybe Urban Armor Gear’s military-grade protection of the Monarch Series will do the trick…
Mobile World Congress is here! Let’s not forget about these 10 hilarious missteps in mobile phone design.
As I start to work with Stuff Magazine, here are some changes I’ll be making on New Rising Media.
Love is all around - even in your favourite video games. Here are five heartwarming in-game relationships.
Time inevitably goes on, so let’s make a video game about it! Does Clock Simulator hold up as an addictively unique rhythm experience? Let’s find out.