The Worrying Future of the Mars One Mission

Welcome to the nearing death of another weekend and, of course, another Reading List, gathering together some of this week's best words, phrases, and sentences spun into incredible stories. This week we have online black markets, the future of cybernetic prosthetics, the endangered art of the London cabby, and the… » 11/16/14 5:00pm 11/16/14 5:00pm

MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things)

Mars One may have taken us by surprise when the non-profit organization boldly announced that it would put colonists on Mars in the 2020s. We were even more amazed when legions of amateur astronauts signed up for a one-way ticket to the red rock. However, MIT students believe the effort, in its current form, is doomed… » 10/12/14 1:00pm 10/12/14 1:00pm

Meet the people who would leave Earth and take a one-way trip to Mars

Mars One, the program that is planning to create a human settlement on Mars by 2024, has received over 200,000 applications of Earthlings who are interested in leaving their home planet forever by taking a one-way ticket to Mars. This short documentary examines a few of those people's motivation to leave everything… » 3/05/14 10:47pm 3/05/14 10:47pm

Could Future Astronauts 3D Print Habitats Using Mars and Moon Soil?

Right now, there are dozens of theoretical proposals for how humans could eventually populate Mars (or the Moon), each as crazy as the next: Space elevator. Inflatables. Giant 3D printer. But there's something wonderful about watching these zany concepts emerge, each with its own unique logic. The latest? A plan to… » 9/10/13 2:52pm 9/10/13 2:52pm