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# Mars

All time
# to boldly go
"An adventure of a lifetime.." This Irish doctor's also on the shortlist to go to Mars
Dr Catherine McGrath joins Trinity scientist Joseph Roche and Cork-based IT engineer Steve Menaa on the list of Irish-based candidates for the ambitious ‘Mars One’ project.
Column: Look up! The Red Planet is continuing to shine brightly in the night sky
With Mars currently in opposition, and shining with an orange tinge, Conor Farrell explores our fascination with the Red Planet.
# clear eyes round heart
Astronauts' hearts grow rounder in space, finds study
Astronauts’ hearts also got weaker because the heart doesn’t work as hard in space, say researchers.
# Say Cheese
We're being snapped from Mars
NASA’s curiosity rover has taken its first photo of Earth from Mars.
# interstellar trekker
Is there life on Mars? Ten years on the Opportunity rover is still looking
The rover was only supposed to run for 90 days, but 10 years a 40 Martian kilometers later, it shows no signs of stopping.
Column: Why is Pluto not a planet?
Most of us grew up learning that there were nine planets in the Solar System. But why did Pluto get demoted? Conor Farrell explains how our understanding of the icy body changed.
# Prime Numbers
High Court, Mars, and Niall Horan: The week in numbers
Plus: Where did Michael Noonan rank out of Europe’s Finance Ministers in a Financial Times list?
# Mars One Mission
Meet the Irish man who's been shortlisted to go to Mars and never come back
Dr Joseph Roche, from Kildare, is one of 1,000 people shortlisted for the Mars One colony mission.
# Polar Vortex
Temperatures colder than Mars cause 21 deaths across the United States
The extreme cold weather is causing chaos across the United States and Canada as temperatures plunge as low as -37 degrees Celsius.
# Mission to Mars
One-way trip to Mars? Sign me up, says French woman
Florence Porcel is down to the last 1,000 candidates for the six-month, no-return trip.
# ten nine eight
NASA's MAVEN Mars mission launches from Kennedy Space Center
Arrival at Mars is scheduled for September 2014.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Sunday
Everybody’s talking about Ireland pledging more towards the Philippines, the botched armed robbery in Drogheda and the plane crash in Russia.
# Mars
India to launch first Mars mission tomorrow
The country is aiming to become the only Asian nation to reach the Red Planet.
# misperceptions
A spaceship crash, near apocalypse, and six other major miscalculations and mistakes
You’ll be making sure your i’s are dotted and your t’s crossed after this.
# Red Planet
Life on Mars? Not looking likely, says new NASA study
New findings from NASA’s Curiosity rover found only tiny amounts of methane gas in the atmosphere, making it unlikely that there was life on Mars.
# food on mars
Space food researchers emerge after four months on 'Mars'
The six people spent four months living in Hawaii in a simulated exercise, eating foods made from shelf-stable ingredients.
Curiosity rover marks one ground-breaking year of life on Mars
Today will see special NASA livestream events taking place to mark the work of the rover over the past 12 months.
7-year-old boy writes to NASA, gets amazing reply
Here’s the full correspondence, as revealed by Dexter’s dad.
# Mars
Aging Mars rover makes new water discoveries
The unmanned solar-powered vehicle has just analysed what may be its oldest rock ever, known as Esperance 6, which contains evidence that potentially life-supporting water once flowed in abundance.
# Red Planet
Mars is the next challenge for astronauts - but landing is the biggest obstacle
The Curiosity rover is the size of a small car – but now researchers are looking at how to land something the size of a two-storey house on Mars.
# mars todger
Mars Rover draws huge willy on planet surface
# rude planet
Men are from Mars: €1.9bn NASA Rover draws penis on red planet
The unfortunate sketch was found on the NASA website.
# sitdown sunday
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# Mars
Mars missions scaled back in April because of sun
For much of April, the sun blocks the line of sight between Earth and Mars, making it difficult for engineers to send instructions or hear from spacecraft Curiosity and Opportunity.
# what does that do
11 Google products and services you never knew existed
You can explore Mars, for starters.
# Curiosity
Life on Mars: it was possible
Nasa Curiosity Rover, which is living on the Red Planet, has taken samples of rock for analysis by scientists back home.
# final frontier
Are humans or robots the future of space travel?
“We are a long way from the Terminator, or the Matrix” says Nasa chief historian.
# Mars
Tycoon wants to send couple on Mars mission
Many of the finer details of the Inspiration Mars project – initially funded by the world’s first space tourist Dennis Tito – have yet to be worked out but it is hoped it will allow for zero-gravity sex.
# Mars
Life on Mars? Maybe not. NASA rows back on findings
NASA has downplayed talk of a ‘major discovery’ by its Curiosity rover after remarks by the mission chief raised hopes it may have unearthed evidence life once existed on the planet.
# wish you were here
Cheese! Mars Curiosity rover sends back its first high-resolution self-portrait
Curiosity has used its ‘hand lens imager’ to take 55 photos of itself – and stitch them into one single giant image.
# Curiosity Rover
Why NASA put large holes in Curiosity's wheels
It’s to help scientists keep track of where it moves on Mars, see?
# Oh The Humanity
The first song played on another planet is...
(Mars, we’re sorry.) What would you have picked to be the first song from space?
# need to know
The Evening Fix: Tuesday
Things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Nextdoor
Behold! Mankind’s first high-resolution photo from another planet
NASA has released the first high-resolution photo from the Curiosity rover. This is how the neighbours live.
# Red Planet
VIDEO: NASA's Curiosity rover makes its landing on Mars
This video of Curiosity’s landing is humanity’s first recording of a touchdown on another planet.
# Mars
NASA reports damage to Curiosity wind instrument
The rover is being put through its paces ahead of its first drive on Mars today.
# Road Trip
Curiosity rover prepares to zap Mars rocks and hit the road
Researchers will be carrying out tests in the coming days to prepare the rover for its first journey across the surface of Mars.