Mars One Is Broke, Disorganized, and Sketchy as Hell

Remember Mars One? The mega-hyped, one way ticket to go start a colony on Mars assuming it could get a ship and funding and capable colonists and training facilities and the major technological advances necessary to make it all happen? Surprise! According to one finalist, the whole thing is pretty much a scam. » 3/17/15 12:47pm 3/17/15 12:47pm

Kim Stanley Robinson Says Colonizing Mars Won't Be As Easy As He Thought

Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy filled us all with hope that we could terraform Mars in the 21st century, with its plausible description of terraforming processes. But now, in the face of what we've learned about Mars in the past 20 years, he no longer thinks it'll be that easy. » 3/13/15 2:35pm 3/13/15 2:35pm

The Colour Of That Dress Poses The Same Problem As Colour on Mars

Human wetware is astonishingly good at pattern recognition and interpreting complex, noisy data, but it's also painfully buggy. Today, the internet came to a screeching halt debating a dress's colour, but the same optical illusion is responsible for how uncertain we are about interpreting colours on Mars. » 2/26/15 10:33pm 2/26/15 10:33pm

The First People On Mars Could Have One Hell Of A Case Of Jet Lag

A day on Mars—or a "sol"—is 24 hours and 40 minutes long, close enough to Earth's that for a long time NASA didn't think much of it. But those 40 minutes a day add up, and sleep scientists now worry that our Earthly circadian rhythms could be one more major headache for the first humans on Mars. » 2/26/15 10:25pm 2/26/15 10:25pm

Curiosity's Latest Wide-Angle Selfie Is Its Most Remarkable Photo Yet

Now would be a good time to update your desktop wallpaper. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has snapped a spectacular — if not inexplicable — wide-angled self-portrait at the Mojave Site on Mount Sharp where the probe is currently drilling for samples. Here's how NASA created the extraordinary shot. » 2/25/15 1:36pm 2/25/15 1:36pm