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NASA just released 1000 weirdly beautiful photos of the incredible landscapes on Mars
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On July 4th, both the planet’s north and south poles were exposed to sunlight, allowing us to capture images from all over Mars. It was also a time when Earth and Mars came closest to each other in the current 26-month cycle, lining up in a straight-line formation on one side of the sun. Because of this (relatively) close encounter, the Mars Renaissance Orbiter (MRO), the spacecraft that collects data from the planet, could send information back to Earth at its peak data transfer rate. This allowed scientists to create more abundant and clearer images of Mars’ uncharted territories than in any other month of the orbit.

The results are the images created by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, the highest resolution instrument equipped on the MRO. The images were released on Aug. 3 on the project’s public catalog.

The images don’t reflect the natural colors of Mars. “The dust in the atmosphere affects everything we see, and we try to process the images to normalize that,” says Alfred McEwen, lead scientist of the HiRISE project and planetary geologist at the University of Arizona.”We stretch these images digitally taking the minimum values and maximum values to show the features.”

Similar to satellite images created in “false colors,” the HiRISE images show what naked eye cannot see: instead of showing dull, reddish dust in the Martian atmosphere, the processed images have enhanced contrasts to highlight territorial features, represented with ranges of synthetic reds, blues and whites.
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http://www.uahirise.org/katalogos.php
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A long but interesting article, good history and illustrations;

SpaceX Wants to Go to Mars. Here’s Why Humans Aren’t There Yet.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2...In+the+News%29
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Once again, who is going to pay for the undertaking?

There is no economic value in colonizing the place, and it will cost untold trillions to get even a small base established.

A few years ago we cancelled another manned mission to the Moon, and I don't hear either party calling for a raise in taxes to colonize Mars.

Aside from NASA, who are scrambling to keep their jobs as funding dries up, who cares?

More importantly, who is willing to double down on the tax burden to pay for it?
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Once again, who is going to pay for the undertaking?

There is no economic value in colonizing the place, and it will cost untold trillions to get even a small base established.

A few years ago we cancelled another manned mission to the Moon, and I don't hear either party calling for a raise in taxes to colonize Mars.

Aside from NASA, who are scrambling to keep their jobs as funding dries up, who cares?

More importantly, who is willing to double down on the tax burden to pay for it?
The latest posts lean towards Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Space X funding it, but I expect real action is still a ways off. Meanwhile, about Mr. Musk;
Elon Musk hits back at coal baron who called him a 'fraud' over green subsidies
https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...reen-subsidies
STUDY: Cosmic rays could severely damage astronaut brains during trip to Mars...
http://circa.com/scitech/science/cha...bound-for-mars
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Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet
If the trip doesn’t kill you, living there might.
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The human race could not live there without some heavy genetic mods:
Our bodies are adapted to 1G not Mars 0.38G

https://www.wired.com/2014/02/happens-body-mars/
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Flying back from Lincoln, NE late yesterday afternoon/evening (had been visiting oldest son and family - grand-daughters,) to Seattle, via Denver (United) I was in need of reading material so picked up the November issue of National Geographic.

I highly recommend this issue for it's article on colonizing Mars and the enclosed 'poster' map of Mars. Very helpful study guides.
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https://www.wired.com/2014/02/happens-body-mars/
Actually, humans are not well adapted to 1 G. That is why scoliosis (curvature of the spine) is one of the most common maladies to mankind. It also implies we were planted here and did not originate from this planet. Mars would be a much better environment for us.

One thing to consider when colonizing Mars (or other places) is that NASA makes it a point to sterilize all landers to avoid contaminating Mars with Earth microbes lest we introduce "alien" lifeforms which will confuse our science. Introducing humans to Mars is a great way to contaminate the entire planet with Earth microbes because you can't destroy the bacteria on humans or they will die. Something to consider...
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Actually, humans are not well adapted to 1 G. That is why scoliosis (curvature of the spine) is one of the most common maladies to mankind. It also implies we were planted here and did not originate from this planet. Mars would be a much better environment for us.

One thing to consider when colonizing Mars (or other places) is that NASA makes it a point to sterilize all landers to avoid contaminating Mars with Earth microbes lest we introduce "alien" lifeforms which will confuse our science. Introducing humans to Mars is a great way to contaminate the entire planet with Earth microbes because you can't destroy the bacteria on humans or they will die. Something to consider...
In "The Martian" movie the ambient temperature killed all the bacteria Mark had harvested from the "waste" stored carefully away*. Would Earthly bacteria survive "in the wild" on Mars?

*Andy Weir never explained how the sealed envelopes hold the feces allowed the bacteria to survive when the waste was stored outside the HAB.
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