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Mars One co-founder called out for “treachery, deceit and fraud” on Reddit

mugMars One co-founder Bas Lansdorp put himself up on Reddit on one of their “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) threads. The idea is Reddit members post questions and Bas answers them. They’re very common on Reddit and usually are full of fans probing for some inside information, thanking the guest, praising the product and generally giving the subject excellent exposure. Things didn’t go that way for poor Bas. I read through the top 200 (yes 200) comments and couldn’t find a single one in support of Mars One. The tone was was extremely hostile and the recurring theme was that Mars One was a scam. read more…

Rocket science – how hard can it be?

One of my "interior fuel column" designs

One of my “interior fuel column” designs

Imagine a game that has no guns, no victory conditions, no boss battle, no cut scenes, no blood, no frenetic music, cars, babes, monsters or gold and instead encourages you to learn about things like apogees, perigees and ascension nodes? Renew your hope in the future of humanity because such a game exists, is popular, educational and fun.

Years ago I reviewed computer games for a national newspaper. It was in the far distant past dominated by titles like Lemmings, Jet Fighter II, Ultima VII. It takes something very special to get me interested in these dull days of endless first-person shooters, and that is the intriguing Kerbal Space Program (KSP). read more…

Mars-One: The case for sending old people and celebrities

Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova

Does Mars One need to find some willing celebrities to spend the rest of their life on Mars? Might some fading stars decide this was the perfect way to revive their career, or an elderly star decide to retire in style? The big question for the celebrity would then be whether enduring fame was what they craved as the end in itself; or were they really after those side benefts of fame like money, sex, luxury and disposable income? read more…

How Buzz Lightyear and Louis Armstrong walked on the Moon

It’s an oldie but a goodie: Ali G interviews Buzz Aldrin about the moon and space. Were the Moon people scared when they arrived; what does Buzz say to all the conspiracy theorists; is he jealous of Michael Jackson? And what about that new dance, the “Venus Trot” that Buzz mentions? All is revealed in the video: read more…

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