We all know the scenes of a devastating Martian invasion: gigantic alien tripods and fighting-machines destroying towns, killing helpless humans, abducting men, women, and children. But do you know the Brazilian painter who was responsible for bringing those images for the first time in the early 1900?
When we want to leave our mark on Mars today, we simply send over a few Rovers to roll around in its red soil. But 150 years ago, scientists had very different plans for contacting the planet, including one French inventor who wanted to use the refracted light of the sun to sear a welcoming message into the Martian…
I'm glad the History Channel is producing mockumentaries like The Great Martian War. The real documentaries are not much different and science-fiction alternative history lines are always more interesting than our savage and grim historical realities. It's also very well made.
Now that nuclear-thermal rockets are becoming a reality, we may very well be shipping off the first human pioneers to Mars (both safely and efficiently) in the not-too-distant future. This, of course, leaves the question of exactly who will become the first generation of Martian-Earthlings.
LOFAR, a network of 44 stations of antennae spread across Europe, is only half complete, yet it's already giving researchers unparalleled images of distant black holes. Soon it'll be used by SETI to search for aliens on rarely-explored superlow frequencies.
This is the Mars Desert Research Station in the Utah desert. Photographer Vincent Fournier went there to make beautiful photographs that capture the loneliness and desolation of humans on Mars. Someday!
Hey Pig Pen. Yeah, you, the Mars Spirit Rover with the red Martian dust all over your solar panels. We're filing a post on a bathtub later today, so why don't you take the hint and use one? What's that? You're millions of miles away and potable water may or may not be somewhere on the planet you're currently…