If you thought the proposals for a one-way trip to Mars were bizarre, what about proposals to terraform Mars – to turn it into a second Earth? More science fiction than fact? Perhaps. But the Canadian Terraforming Society has a twelve-step plan to turn Mars into an outpost for humanity.
And speaking of sending men to Mars (sort of), NASA used a certain set of criteria to determine who would make the cut and join the organization as the first generation Mercury Astronauts. But what about the Soviet Space Program? What standards did it use to determine what made the perfect 1960s Cosmonaut? (Pictured is the first class of Soviet Cosmonauts, who were selected in 1960, with some of their superiors and training specialists.)
I was also a guest on the podcast Talking Space this week.