Boy, oh boy, news outlets certainly went crazy this past week as they seized on the news that one one out of 25 early stage tech proposals
that received funding as part of NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts program centered around exploring the idea of using robotic bees on Mars
. That set off a cascade of news items claiming NASA was all set to send robot bees to Mars. Makes for a great headline, I suppose, when actually, it’s a grant for investigating whether the whole idea would work out.
I don’t just cover the hard space exploration stories on the Martian Soil Twitter
, but also try and highlight the use of Mars in popular culture like books, movies or video games. In fact, I have a whole Twitter list
dedicated to people working on projects like that. This week saw a few neat news items on that front, including a planned mobile version of the Terraforming Mars board game. More details in the section below.
PPS: Someone please tell me they got the Friends reference?