Shock waves hit the Internet tonight as NASA announced what may very well be their most important discovery to date: a pineapple on Mars.
In celebration of the MAVEN (that’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) probe launch last month, NASA released this video showcasing a computer-generated flyover of what Mars may have looked like four billion years ago, when the planet is believed to have contained liquid water (and, possibly, life).
There’s a lot of weird stuff on Mars, if certain individuals on the Internet are to be believed. We’ve already seen fossils and shrimp, if you remember. If not, here’s a shot of the shrimp thing: And here’s a shot of one of the alleged fossils (you can read all about that over here, if …
NASA has just awarded a $125,000 grant to Anjan Contractor to create a 3D printer that prints…food. The printer, based on open-source hardware called RepRap, will use a kind of nutrient powder and oil to construct foods, which will be available in specially-designed cartridges. And the first item on the menu? Pizza.
How would you like to send your name and a haiku straight to the Red Planet? Who’s it for? Who’s gonna read it when it gets there? These are questions I can’t answer, but NASA is giving everyone this unique opportunity when they launch their Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (or MAVEN) spacecraft this November.
Let’s open up the Esoteric Theories file and see what it has for us today. “During Barack Obama’s speech at 2012 AIPAC Policy Conference at the Washington Convention Center, the camera spotted a very odd individual…could be a strong evidence of a shape shifting alien humanoid working for the Powers That Be.” Oh, okay.
Rock samples collected on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity rover have revealed that the Red Planet may have, at one time, supported life. “Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon — some of the key chemical ingredients for life — in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream …