Martians in Houston: Do We Have a Problem?

August 16, 2014 1:14 AM

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Martians in Houston: Do We Have a Problem?

Last week 100 or more hopefuls looking for a way to Mars converged at the South Shore Harbor Resort in League City, Texas, just outside Houston, for the annual convention of the Mars Society: engineers working on intricate ways to get us there, "aspiring Martians" chatting up Mars One leader Bas Lansdorp, and fresh-faced university students designing take-alongs for Dennis Tito's Inspiration Mars, along with a few naysayers convinced it'll never happen, at least not in the next 10 years, as the big poster hanging in the aptly named "Crystal Ballroom" meeting room predicted.

As a first-time attendee, I spent my time trying to decipher the engineerese, looking at PowerPoint slides teeming with poorly arranged graphics and way too much text, and trying to read the mood inside the room.

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