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Can we really colonize Mars?

Artist's depiction of a colony on Mars Image Source:  Contrary to the scare that comes along with the thought that aliens might be interested in visiting our planet, humans , as a race, are quite enthusiastic when it comes to possibilities of inhabiting other planets in our solar system.  Whether we are eager to do this, in the name of science, or probably to quench our age old traits of conquering newer lands (something that is no longer an option on Earth ), is matter of debate. But since, most people agree to this thought of colonizing other planets, we thought we could scientifically discuss, whether this was really possible.  First and foremost, where do we go?  Before we can decide what we would really need on this campaign for colonization, we need to first decide, where we need to go. Do, we go towards the Sun or away from it? Or do we just pick up the nearest planet to the Earth and start our preparations? We can simply look at our immedia

When Rocket Science Fails [Coffee-byte]

Image source: Even with all the developments in space technology and successful missions being sent to Mars, there is always a chance for something to go wrong. The Antares Rocket that supposed to carry supplies and science experiments to the International Space Station , exploded six seconds after take off from the Wallops Flight Faclity in Virginia.  Although no one was injured, the loss of cargo and devastation at the launchpad would run into millions of dollars for NASA . The real estimate of loss will only be known after a complete analysis is done. The rocket, ferrying cargo to the ISS, was developed and operated by Orbital Sciences Corporation , which has already delivered cargo twice to the ISS. NASA has confirmed that there was no critical cargo on the flight and supplies on the ISS will not be affected by the failure of the mission.  But irrespective of the losses, the failure of the rocket launch teaches us one important thing about space resea

Earth images in 4K [Coffee-byte]

4K displays made quite a furore at tech shows this year and there are many models of 4K TVs that are available in the market to buy. For the uninitiated, 4K resolution , also called Ultra High Definition ( UHD ), is the next big thing after HD. But what is the use of these TVs or displays when you do not have the content to see. Well, the European Space Agency has recently released a video of the Earth Images, taken from the International Space Station (ISS) by astronaut, Alexander Gerst . Images that are part of this video were shot through a high resolution (4256 X 2832 pixels) camera on top of the ISS every one second and then sent back to the Earth. A team at ESA then made this video by playing the still pictures at 25 frames per second and also taking the liberty to add some artistic touches to it. The resolution for the video here can be raised all the way to 4K but the video is enjoyable even at lesser resolutions! Do post your reactions in the comments section

Earth from the ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the most collaborative of human projects ever undertaken. It involves spaces agencies of five nations and serves astronauts from 15 different countries. Here is just a glimpse of our own planet from the ISS.  We know you will like it, but don't forget to share it with others!