March 25th, 2004

Mars panel sees affordable space travel USAToday

Everyday space travel could become affordable for tourists and sightseers within a few years, entrepreneurs and scientists contended Wednesday at a hearing on travel to the moon and then to Mars.
Space flight needs to become more of a private industry that is profitable for businesses and practical for people who aren’t professional astronauts, said Peter Diamondis, chairman of the X Prize Foundation.

December 7th, 2001

Ice cap on Mars may be eroding, new study shows USAToday

Vast fields of carbon dioxide ice are eroding from the poles of Mars, suggesting that the climate of the Red Planet is warming and the atmosphere is becoming slightly more dense. Experts say that over time such changes could allow water to return to the Martian surface and turn the frigid planet into a “shirt-sleeve environment.”