Buzz Aldrin says US must colonize Mars
Washington (AFP) May 8, 2013 – Buzz Aldrin, the American astronaut who was the second man to walk on the Moon, said Wednesday that the United States must lead the way toward building a permanent settlement on Mars. Speaking at a conference of space experts in the US capital, the 83-year-old said the United States should apply what it learned decades ago by reaching the moon toward building a new colony on the Red Planet. … more

Landing is key puzzle in Mars trip plans: experts
Washington (AFP) May 8, 2013 – Landing astronauts safely on Mars is one of the biggest technological hurdles for any future manned mission to the Red Planet, even more complicated than last year’s daring rover touchdown. NASA dazzled observers by landing the one-ton Curiosity rover on Mars in August in a high-speed operation using a sky crane and supersonic parachute, but experts say the task would be even more challengin … more

No Redoubt: Volcanic eruption forecasting improved
Washington DC (SPX) May 09, 2013 – Forecasting volcanic eruptions with success is heavily dependent on recognizing well-established patterns of pre-eruption unrest in the monitoring data. But in order to develop better monitoring procedures, it is also crucial to understand volcanic eruptions that deviate from these patterns. New research from a team led by Carnegie’s Diana Roman retrospectively documented and analyzed the … more