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InformationWeek's Geekend: Two Small Steps Toward Mars

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NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This month marked the 45th anniversary of the moon landing, and it is about time we start thinking big again. A whole new planet would be big enough. Two crucial steps to get people to Mars will be figuring out what they will eat and breathe on a journey that could take years to complete. Recent breakthroughs in both of these areas have Mars feeling just a little bit closer.

In this latest installment of InformationWeek's Geekend, David Wagner examines the Hi-Seas mission to determine what astronauts would eat on Mars and the creation of an artificial leaf designed to help filter air and create oxygen. So just what will the cuisine on Mars look like? You'll have to click here to find out. (Hint: It might involve sushi.)

Each week, Wagner takes a look at a variety of scientific studies that look at the convergence of technology and human behavior to see how we're changing our world, and how the world we built is changing us. This week, he's hopping a rocket to Mars with some spam, some freeze-dried ice cream, and a special leaf made out of cloth. If you think your t-shirt breathes, try this cloth that actually makes fresh air.

Want to come along for the trip? Check out this week's Geekend and ride along.

Scott Ferguson
Community Editorial Director, UBM Tech

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