Without the use of Photoshop or any digital manipulation, Korean artist JeeYoung Lee spends weeks converting her tiny Seoul studio into some of the most elaborate installations we’ve seen—for the sake of taking a single photograph.
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What is Mars One?
Mars One is a not-for-profit foundation that will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Human settlement on Mars is possible today with existing technologies. Mars One mission plan integrates components that are well tested and readily available from industry leaders worldwide. The first footprint on Mars and lives of the crew thereon will captivate and inspire generations; it is this public interest that will help finance this human mission to Mars.
The Mars One mission plan consists of cargo missions and unmanned preparation of a habitable settlement, followed by human landings. In the coming years, a demonstration mission, communication satellites, two rovers and several cargo missions will be sent to Mars. These missions will set up the outpost where the human crew will live and work.
"Living on Mars is comparable to getting by on Antarctica, and provides similar challenges. However, the South Pole now has a number of very advanced, large research stations that boast a great deal of modern facilities that provide a good quality of life. These looked very different 50 years ago. The Mars settlement will develop in the same way."
"The inflatable living units are 100 square meters each. There will be bedrooms, a living and dining room, working area and plant growth area"
The mission design takes into account the expansion of the human colony where a new crew arrive every two years.
Mars One will select and train the human crew for permanent settlement. The search for Astronauts began in April 2013. More than 78,000 registered for the selection program within two weeks of its launch.
Stichting Mars One is a Dutch non-for-profit foundation. It is the mother company of Interplanetary Media Group, a for-profit company, which enables the foundation to secure funds from its investors.
In 2011, the founding members of the Mars One team came together to develop a strategic plan for taking humanity to Mars. That first year yielded the completion of a feasibility study after calling upon experts from space agencies and private aerospace corporations around the world. Written letters of interest in support of the Mars One plan were received. In this first-stage analysis, Mars One incorporated technical, financial, social-psychological and ethical components into its foundation plan.
After securing the first investments and commissioning the first conceptual design study in 2012, Mars One was ready to launch its Astronaut Selection Program. It was launched at press conferences in New York and Shanghai in April 2013.
"We discussed the cost figures of the components with our potential suppliers. We included margins, setbacks and failures in the financial plan to make it as realistic as possible. Our challenge is that the bills of our suppliers will come before we generate such large income. For now, we especially require the funds to have our suppliers perform conceptual design studies. After these studies, the technical feasibility will be even more clear than it is now."
The Mars One “Road Map”
2013: The astronaut selection process will begin. Mars One will build a replica of the settlement on an Earth desert to help the astronauts prepare and train, and for a realistic environment in which to test the equipment. The astronaut selection and the preparations in the simulated Mars base will be broadcast on television and online for the public to view and select the final four.
2014: Start of the preparations for the supplies mission (due to launch in 2016) and for the first Mars communications satellite.
2016: The supply mission will be launched for Mars in January 2016 and will land on the Red Planet in October 2016 with its cargo of 2,500 kilograms (5,500 lbs) of food.
2018: A robotic exploration vehicle will land on Mars to join the supply Lander. This rover’s task is to travel around the planet to determine the most favorable location for the settlement.
2021: All the parts and features of the settlement reach their destination: two living units, two life support units, a second supplies unit and another rover. The two rovers take all components to the settlement location and prepare for the arrival of the astronauts.
2022: All water, oxygen and atmosphere production will be ready. The Earth crew gets a go-ahead for the launch. Each component of the Mars transit vehicle is launched into a low orbit, and linked together. On September 14, 2022 the first four astronauts will begin their journey.
2023: The astronauts land on Mars. They are picked up by the rovers, and link the other landers together. They set up the remaining solar panels, and begin their exploration. They will also research Mars’ history and any possible past life it hosted, as well as looking into present matters of interest, discovering, for instance, how Earth plants behave on Mars.
2025: The second group lands. They are received by their planet-mates, who have completed the construction of their living habitats in which both groups take up residence. The second group have also brought new hardware with them, opening up even more possibilities for research.
"To attract sponsors, we will create appealing media content around the selection of the astronauts, the training, unmanned missions and other topics. This should convince sponsors and investors to participate with the promise of an even bigger exposure later: we expect that almost every person on Earth will witness the landing of the first astronauts on Mars…their departure from Earth, the journey to Mars and the first months on Mars will also attract a very large audience. After that, many people will tune in a couple of times per week to see how ‘our people on Mars’ are doing - a reality show that never ends."
Quotes above are excerpts from Bas Lansdorp via the gizmag article "Mission To Mars Meets Reality TV", which provides a thorough overview on the mission details from concept to production.
You can watch the introductory video HERE, which provides a brief overview on the project.
Also, be sure to check out the films below for what we’re doing, where we’re headed, how we plan to get there and why this is one of the most important times in the history of human civilization.
One Way Astronaut (watch the trailer) is about the people who are following this project closely: aspiring astronauts. Stephan, Sara, Henri and Beatriz are 4 people who, like tens of thousands of applicants from all over the world, say they are willing to spend the rest of their lives on Mars. It is the story of Mars One and its founder Bas Lansdorp in the early stages. Space experts answer questions about the likelihood of Mars One succeeding and discuss the kind of risks the astronauts will be taking. The degree of worldwide personal interest this mission has already attracted tells us something about our society today. Recommended: Space.com’s editorial "One Way Astronaut Film Follows Aspiring Mars Colonists"
"This film captures the spirit of Mars pioneers who refuse to let their dreams be put on hold by a slumbering space program. Their passionate urge to walk the soil of an alien world is infectious and inspirational. This film is the manifesto of the new space revolution." - James Cameron
Watch "The Mars Underground" (Runtime 1:13:52)
Leading aerospace engineer and Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin has a dream. He wants to get humans to the planet Mars in the next ten years. Now, with the advent of a revolutionary plan, Mars Direct, Dr. Zubrin shows how we can use present day technology and natural resources on Mars to make human settlement possible. But can he win over the skeptics at NASA and the wider world?
The Mars Underground (watch the trailer) is a landmark documentary that follows Dr. Zubrin and his team as they try to bring this incredible dream to life. Through spellbinding animation, the film takes us on a daring first journey to the Red Planet and envisions a future Mars teeming with life and terraformed into a blue world.
A must-see experience for anyone concerned for our global future and the triumph of the human spirit.
“Currently we see around us an ever more apparent loss of vigor of our society: increasing fixity of the power structure and bureaucratization of all levels of life; impotence of political institutions to carry off great projects; the proliferation of regulations affecting all aspects of public, private, and commercial life; the spread of irrationalism; the banalization of opular culture; the loss of willingness by individuals to take risks, to fend for themselves or think for themselves; economic stagnation and decline, the decleration of the rate of technological innovation…Everywhere you look, the writing is on the wall.”
― Robert Zubrin, The Case for Mars
This is real. As in, really happening. Ten years from now, I’ll be 33 and there will be people living on another planet. Science fiction is no longer fiction.science space exploration mars mars one planet colonization
What’s beautiful now? The Holiday Train Show! This wonderland of New York City-area buildings constructed entirely from plant materials beneath the glittering domes of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is accompanied by garden-gauge trains and thousands of twinkling lights!
The Holiday Train Show may seem like something only for the kiddos, but you would be wrong. It is a delight to everyone, and if you’re interested in seeing it kid-free, you can come to one of our adults-only Bar Car Nights where you get to see the show at night, cocktail in hand.
Getting here is easy via public transport or with our transportation partner Uber.
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Photos by NYBG photographer Ivo M. Vermeulen.
Any NYC-natives I’ve mentioned the botanical garden to bring up the yearly Train Show, and rave about it. You should definitely check it out if you have the chance.
Planet Mercury in amazing color showing rock compositions
NASA has been capturing images of the solar systems smallest planet Mercury for 2 years with its Messenger spacecraft, and has been collecting high resolution color images of the planet. Now the visual data has been stitched together to make a 3D model of the Mercury.
"The areas that you see that are orange - those are volcanic plains. There are some areas that are deep blue that are richer in an opaque mineral which is somewhat mysterious - we don’t really know what that is yet. "And then you see beautiful light-blue streaks across Mercury’s surface. Those are crater rays formed in impacts when fresh, ground-up rock is strewn across the surface of the planet."
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Bioluminescent bloom makes beach a magical minefield
IT DOESN’T get much better than this. It’s a moonless night and you are on a deserted beach in the Maldives. As the waves lap the shore, the beach lights up like Las Vegas. Glowing organisms stick to your feet. It is one of the most magical sights in the natural world: a bloom of bioluminescent plankton.
This picture was taken on Vaadhoo Island, but bioluminescing organisms are found all over the world. The ones here are probably single-celled protists and marine crustaceans called copepods. Both glow when they are disturbed.
"Every so often, one of these bright specks of light would appear to take off and run up the beach," says photographer Doug Perrine. Ghost crabs were grabbing the glowing organisms and carrying them back to their burrows.
It doesn’t work so well on the beach, but bioluminescence usually distracts predators by disrupting their swimming behaviour and preventing them from feeding. It may also act as a burglar alarm to attract animals that feed on the predators. So what to us is a beautiful spectacle of light is to them a minefield (Journal of Plankton Research, DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbh141).
The light is produced by devilishly named twins: a pigment called luciferin and an enzyme, luciferase. Luciferin reacts with oxygen, and luciferase speeds up the reaction. A range of unrelated animals use the same pigment-enzyme pair to produce light, including fireflies, anglerfish and jellyfish. Bioluminescence evolved independently many times:
in the bigger picture, it ain’t so magical after all.
**nope, still magical
Also, if that doesn’t satisfy you, you can read more here
Amazing new insect and animal assemblages made from car and bike parts by Edouard Martinet.
Stars Become the Night
Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison captivated the world with his first Star Trails collection with surreal swirls of stars in the night sky, created using long-exposure techniques. Recently, Harrison added a new collection titled Nightscapes to his gallery and it’s just as breathtaking. In this series, the stars seem to be just out of reach, shining like suspended diamonds in a colorful night sky.
Harrison uses the same technique of long-exposure frames to capture the brilliant movements of the stars. He shoots the night sky separately with a creative zoom technique, and then layers the images in post-production. His entire collection can be viewed at his site.