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Climbing Olympus Mons

Based on what we currently know from satellite imagery, would summiting Olympus Mons be likely to require technical climbing skills, or would it just be a long, long walk up?
posted by chimpsonfilm on Mar 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Google Fails Me: What's a "Fresh Dry Skippy"?

In Mark Ronson's/Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk," there's a reference to "smoother than a fresh dry Skippy" (or fresh-drawn Skippy). Does this actually mean something?
posted by WCityMike on Feb 14, 2015 - 8 answers

A Martian Bolt of Thunder

Does Mars have thunder? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jan 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Can I get a bacterial infection.. on Mars?

Can I get a bacterial infection if I got myself an unfortunate wound on Mars? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Oct 19, 2014 - 9 answers

How to respond to Mars exploration vs feed the hungry?

Today, I was enthusing about a photograph from the surface of Mars, and a friend responded along the following lines: "I find it hard to get excited about it when there are so many starving people here on Earth. We should fix our own problems before exploring other planets." How could I have responded? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jun 13, 2014 - 39 answers

Rocket fuel from dirt... Let's cook!

For a book I am ghostwriting, I'm researching how a Mars colony might support itself. Perchlorates in the martian soil can be refined out to produce solid rocket fuel. My question is -- how would the stuff be manufactured? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Oct 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Seeking info about terraforming/modded humans for a sci-fi story.

I have this idea for a science fiction story, but I don't know enough science to flesh it out. Maybe you do? [more inside]
posted by overglow on Jul 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Mars related art photography

Help me find a photograph from the seventies or eighties of a space-suit-clad person climbing a martian mountain. [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra on Aug 19, 2012 - 5 answers

Just tell me what's under the box!

Question about the Mars Curiosity rover and its power source. [more inside]
posted by Osrinith on Aug 14, 2012 - 11 answers

hopefully there won't be any spiders

Curiosity is making me curious. What would it feel like to stand on the surface of Mars? Let's say, first of all, it's without a space suit -- what would kill me first? The carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? The temperature? Then, if we found some way to breathe and function normally, what would it be like to be there? Would it be hot? Cold? Too windy to stand up? Paint a picture for me, if you can.
posted by fight or flight on Aug 10, 2012 - 15 answers

life on mars?

Watched the landing, live, in Times Square! I was thrilled, awed and inspired. Some great posts here, and lots of data on the NASA site. But 1. I'd like someone to explain the science better; what are we likely to find out? and how can that benefit the world? 2. The implications of actually finding signs of life, at whatever level.
posted by ebesan on Aug 9, 2012 - 7 answers


Where can I find technical information about MSL/Curiosity's telemetry (bandwidth, protocols, contents)? [more inside]
posted by themel on Aug 5, 2012 - 2 answers

What's my best bet for Mars lander coverage?

What major television network and/or webstream should I use to watch the Curiosity landing this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty on Aug 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Mission to Mars in need of name that isn't completely stupid

I'm writing about a (fictional) Chinese-led mission to Mars -- what's a believable name for the ship itself? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jul 23, 2012 - 17 answers

I don't want to create the universe, just recreate it.

I'm looking for usable 3d meshes of Earth, Moon and Mars I know the data is out there for free, but the data I've found is ridiculous (4 terabyte high resolution files), hard to use (5 degree slices that would need to be assembled), in formats that only planetary geologists can use, or simply stuck in the labyrinth of poorly maintained and documented government web sites where I can't find it. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on May 8, 2011 - 8 answers

From Mars to Earth??

I was listening to this Fresh Air interview today and wondered how they know a meteorite is from Mars. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on Apr 4, 2011 - 8 answers

I need the bizarro Martian version of Galileo.

Martian Astronomer Filter--when Mars moves like this in the sky from our point of view on Earth, how does the Earth appear to move from Mars' perspective? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Feb 24, 2011 - 3 answers

How to be a doctor on Antarctica?

I want to be a doctor who works in Antarctica. How should I go about this? [more inside]
posted by sunnichka on Dec 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Semi-humourous sci-fi short story ID

I'm trying to remember a science-fiction (?) short story that I read about 10-15 years ago. Basically, a bunch of prominent citizens of Earth (including Miss Universe) are summoned to Mars to be harangued by a sarcastic alien who tells them they're all doomed. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Nov 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Mars, phones, and an old man

Please help me find this short story about an almost abandoned Mars, an old man, and taunting from the phone system. [more inside]
posted by DrumsIntheDeep on Nov 20, 2010 - 6 answers

I need a map of Mars!

Where can I purchase large maps or art prints of Mars, tomorrow, in New York City? [more inside]
posted by JMB1138 on Apr 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Eye contact

Why do (American) women tend to avoid casual eye contact with men as they walk by, enter an elevator, etc... I know there is the obvious issue of not wanting to appear “interested” or send a sexual signal...but does that explain everything? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Dec 16, 2009 - 79 answers

Help Me remember this movie I saw on TV years ago.

This is a shot in the dark. About 5 years ago I half watched an old movie on cable, and something recently reminded me of it and I can't at all remember the name. [more inside]
posted by token-ring on Oct 11, 2009 - 4 answers

open source Mars Lander

Why isn't there an open source Mars Lander? The Phoenix Lander cost a Bunch'O'Money. How cheaply could it be done without NASA involved?
posted by Floydd on Dec 30, 2008 - 17 answers

Photo series of paper miniatures of imagined trip to Moon or Mars from late '70s?

Can you help me locate a series of photos of an imagined trip to Mars (or maybe a return to the Moon?) done in papercraft, that was in one of my grade school textbooks around 1979? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Sep 18, 2008 - 0 answers

Who is currently envisioning Mars cars?

Where can I find accurate info on the types of vehicles currently being considered for future human exploration of the Martian landscape? Though I have found details of potential manned ground vehicles for lunar use, I can't seem to locate any (realistic) material on proposed land vehicles for Mars. Any help? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper on Jun 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Red sky at night AND morning? Must be Mars!

I want to reconstruct Phoenix Mars lander pics in color. There are five B&W images of the same scene with the wavelength in the jpg headers (445, 485, 533, 604, 753nm). How do I combine these? [more inside]
posted by jwells on May 28, 2008 - 8 answers

"Damnation, I've run out of air!"

Please help me find a poem/comic book story -- it takes place on Mars and ends with the line "Damnation, I've run out of air!" [more inside]
posted by breezeway on Feb 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Delta 2 Rocket Mars rover mission

Where do I find the audio file of the radio communications from mission control of the Delta II rocket launch? Preferably in .wav format. Thanks in advance.
posted by mitzyjalapeno on Jul 21, 2007 - 3 answers

What phone does Veronica Mars use?

Silly question, but what is the cell phone / PDA that Veronica Mars uses throughout the first two seasons? [more inside]
posted by GriffX on Oct 15, 2006 - 4 answers

Why not send a microscope to Mars?

Life on Mars: Why not send up a remote control optical microscope package? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis on Mar 10, 2006 - 9 answers

On the Destruction of Our Neighboring Planets

Given our current state of technology and the world's nuclear armaments, I ask the question that the world needs an answer to: Could we destroy Mars? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Dec 24, 2005 - 41 answers

Questions About Mars

I'm looking for really any information on Mars and Mars colonization, but in particular two questions: Would the sun rise in the east and set in the west? and What would the night sky look like? What would the prominant objects be?
posted by dagnyscott on Feb 17, 2005 - 14 answers

Good Entry-Level Telescope? Will I See Mars?

Telescopes! All this mars stuff has got me wanting to look at the heavens, up-close like. Anyone have reccomendations for a good entry-level telescope? Is it realistic to expect a decent look at mars from a consumer-grade telescope? [more inside]
posted by Hackworth on Jan 31, 2004 - 7 answers

Why aren't Mars landers designed to last longer?

With all the Mars Lander attempts going on, I keep wondering why these progams spend years to design and reach mars, but design landers that last only for 2 weeks (in the case of path finder in '97) and 3 mos for the new crop of 'bots.

With all the trouble and odds against landing them on Mars, would it be that tough to design them to last a whole lot longer?

(Didn't Viking 1 + 2 work for a few years?)
posted by Fupped Duck on Jan 3, 2004 - 13 answers

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