What’s the difference between an alien, a martian, and an extraterrestrial?

Aliens have a dual definition: the people Trump wants out of the USA and the people from outer space. Since people from outer space are called aliens, then it matters not whether they are from Mars or somewhere else. They are aliens. Therefore, "alien", "Martian" and "extraterrestrial" are synonymous, except not all aliens come from... Continue Reading →

How “Goldilocks” is our orbit? Wouldn’t we still be fine if we were as far away from the Sun as Mars is?

Curiously, in the northern hemisphere our winter is when the sun is closest to the sun and our summer is when we are farthest from the sun. Winter and summer seem more about what angle the sun is rather than how close it is. That being said, Mars has no atmosphere or magnetosphere to speak of, while... Continue Reading →

Why don’t you live on Mars?

Oh I don’t know. It’s a lot further than I usually go to visit exotic places. There’s no breathable air. There’s no suitable soil to grow anything. I’m an outdoor kind of person, but you just can’t go out on Mars without a spacesuit. There’s dangerous solar radiation bombarding the place. NASA has established that... Continue Reading →

NASA says Terraforming Mars Not Possible

This article was originally posted on Business Insider. A NASA-sponsored study found there's not enough carbon dioxide on Mars to deliberately modify the planet's atmosphere (known as terraforming). This means terraforming isn't a viable option to make the planet habitable for humans. Terraforming the planet was the entire basis for Elon Musk's plans to colonize... Continue Reading →

Did we “accidentally” bring new bacteria to the moon or Mars via our space exploration programs?

Probably, and that’s why terraforming is a bad idea. Inside the scientifically minded community, there are two distinct ideas. Don’t contaminate. Leave whatever planet it happens to be in the original prestine condition so we can study it. (This is the predominant, tree hugging concept.) Screw number 1. Terraform the planet. Make it livable for humans,... Continue Reading →

How many satellites are there, and which are there on each planet?

If you count all the little nuts, bolts, loose wrenches and pieces of demolished satellites as satellites, then there’s a whole lot of junk floating around Earth. Thousands of pieces that pose a hazard. Around the moon we have about three functioning spacecraft but have launched far more than that that have, over time, gone... Continue Reading →

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