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Earthworms for Mars: chew where no worm has chewed before.

Earthworms for Mars: chew where no worm has chewed before.

by Natasha Schön on Wednesday, 28th June 2017 in Food for Mars, People, Wieger Wamelink

Those who have seen the movie ‘ Dune’ from David Lynch may be able to imagine what we are currently trying to accomplish: growing worms on Mars or the moon. The worms we are going to use are a bit smaller and a lot less violent than those in the movie, although they have creepy names like Lumbricus terrestris or Eisenia fetida. They can be found everywhere in the soil - the first pilot experiments were carried with worms from my own garden! But why worms?

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The first science prize of the Dutch children’s program ‘Het Klokhuis’ goes to…

The first science prize of the Dutch children’s program ‘Het Klokhuis’ goes to…

by Suzanne Flinkenflögel on Thursday, 9th February 2017 in Food for Mars, People, Wieger Wamelink, STEM

Dr. ir. Wieger Wamelink, a Mars One adviser, is a senior ecologist at Wageningen Environmental Science at Wageningen University & Research (the Netherlands). He has made significant scientific contributions to the understanding of the possibilities of using Martian soil for food production on Mars, a key component of the Mars One mission. He has written several blog posts about his Food for Mars research for Mars Exchange. In this most recent publication, Wamelink writes about winning a Dutch Children's Science Award.

"‘I am going to enlist you, unless you demur before the end of the day.’ I found this short e-mail from one of our press officers on a morning in my inbox....

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Live Q&A with Mars One adviser Adrian Hayes

Live Q&A with Mars One adviser Adrian Hayes

by Suzanne Flinkenflögel on Monday, 30th January 2017 in People, Adrian Hayes

Having participated in many long and arduous expeditions himself, record-breaking adventurer Adrian Hayes understands the mental challenges our future astronauts will be facing and the importance of real teamwork to succeed in their journeys to and life on Mars. On February 6, 2017 we will be hosting a live web chat with Adrian Hayes to ask him community questions and questions from our Mars100 round 3 astronaut candidates. 

You can watch the video from the hangout here.

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Why go to Mars?

Why go to Mars?

by Suzanne Flinkenflögel on Friday, 20th January 2017 in People

As you all know, Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. It will be the realization of an amazing dream and the stepping stone of the human race on its voyage into the universe. Being there will help answer many scientific questions about Mars. As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, anything can be achieved. These are just a few of the reasons we believe that humans should go to Mars. But what do you think? Why should (or shouldn't) we go to Mars?

We asked this question to people on the streets of Amsterdam. Take a look at some of the answers:

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