May 22nd, 2015

A Webcomic About A Disgruntled Mars Researcher You Need To Start Reading io9

Der-shing Helmer, creator of The Meek, is back with a new webcomic, and it’s set on Mars. In Mare Internum, an entomologist arrives at an isolated Mars research station just as another researcher has been fired. But before he departs, these two scientists will learn a great deal about each other’s troubles.

Quick content warning: the comic opens with a character contemplating suicide.

First off, to answer a question fans of The Meek might have, Helmer has said that, yes, she’ll be returning to her fantasy webcomic later this year.

But in the meantime, now is a great time to hop on Mare Internum. It’s just getting started, but it’s already telling an intriguing story with the same level of rich and expressive art that Helmer devoted to The Meek. After a dispute with his commander and the loss of his popular research robot, Michael Fisher has been fired from his position and is scheduled to return to Earth. On the day he’s supposed to depart, Rebekah “Bex” Egunsola arrives, fresh-faced and eager to explore the possibility of farming crickets on Mars.

June 20th, 2013

With Current Budget, NASA Will Never Get to Mars io9

At today’s House hearing for the NASA Authorization Act of 2013, witness Thomas Young was asked how long it would take the Agency to put a human on Mars with its current budget. His response was unambiguous: “Never.”
Prepared statements from Young (former executive VP of Lockheed Martin) and co-witness Steven Squyres (Principle Investigator of the Mars Exploration Rover mission) paint an inauspicious picture of NASA’s current standing, and its continued role in humanity’s exploration of deep space.

September 13th, 2012

Mars Curiosity Descent – Ultra HD 30fps Smooth-Motion io9

Think you’ve seen the internet’s best video of Curiosity descending to the surface of Mars? Think again. Featured above is likely the world’s first “true motion-flow” version of Curiosity’s touchdown, and it is nothing short of remarkable. Trust us — you need to see this.

January 15th, 2012

Most important scientific study ever: What about farting astronauts? io9

Humans produce two flammable gases: hydrogen and methane. Flammable gases accumulate in an enclosed space and can ignite. Astronauts are humans who spend lots of time in enclosed space. The logic is irrefutable. So, what’s the risk to farting astronauts?

March 11th, 2010

A Near Death Experience On A Spacewalk, In Exclusive Mars Clip io9

Check out this exclusive clip from Geoff Marslett and Mark Duplass’ strange-looking space romantic comedy Mars. We’re still not sure what to make of this indy film — the graphics alone freak us out a bit.
The picture, which is premiering at SXSW, is part comic book, part love story and part comedy. You may remember Mark Duplass from his Sundance directing days or his role on The League.
Here’s the official synopsis:
In 2014, the discovery of life on the Red Planet leads to a space race between a robotic expedition and a manned mission. Over the course of this interplanetary animated feature, a lonesome robot and a motley space crew discover that love can flourish anywhere – even on Mars. Told in the playful style of a graphic novel, MARS explores why we explore.

November 8th, 2009

US Armed Forces Listened for Messages from Mars io9

In 1924, Earth saw its closest Mars opposition in over a century, and some thought our Martian neighbors might use the event to attempt contact. So for one night, US Naval and Army stations scanned the skies for extraterrestrial transmissions.
On August 22, 1924, the Earth was 55,777,566 km from the Red Planet during the Mars opposition, offering ideal conditions for receiving radio signals from Mars — if anyone happened to be sending them. Amherst College professor David Todd persuaded both the US Army and Navy to listen for messages from Mars. In the telegram above, Edward W. Eberle, the Chief of US Naval Operations, informs Naval stations of the possibility of Martian communications, and instructs them to report any unusual phenomena. For three days, the stations listened for unusual transmissions, but came up empty handed.

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