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Moving to Mars? Better Pack a Shovel.

Living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity, says author Stephen Petranek. Here's how he thinks we can survive the radiation.

There's Plenty of Drinking Water on Mars

The trick to producing water for astronauts is to figure out how best to extract it from the soil and atmosphere.

Why Don’t We Have a Mars Colony Yet? Blame Nixon.

Much to the chagrin of NASA rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun, President Richard Nixon chose instead to greenlight the space shuttle program because it intrigued the military-industrial complex.

It's Time for Us to Become a Spacefaring Species

Establishing a colony on Mars would protect the long-term survival of the human race.