With the introduction of the new pages feature on Google+, I’ve finally been able to set up a Martian Soil profile over there too. I hesitated to use my regular profile, because of the many non-space related posts I make over there.
So if you’ve made Google+ your home over the last few months, you can now circle Martian Soil for your usual dose of curated Mars news. I’m looking forward to seeing how the comment abilities there lead to more interaction and discussions with fellow Mars fans.
Otherwise, Mars news is still being posted over at the Twitter account.
With the new year upon us, here’s a short list of Mars themed events, conferences, releases and anniversaries to look out for in 2011. If I’ve missed any, or you have an update, drop me a line.
For all the latest news on Mars events and more, follow Martian Soil on Twitter.
Further Mars calendars available at Berkeley Astrobiology and the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group newsletter (PDF link).
Note, an originally scheduled Eighth International Conference on Mars at Caltech for July 2011 appears to have been rescheduled for 2013.
While you’re here, check out my other curated post on Mars themed Twitter accounts.
The main action is still over on the Martian Soil Twitter account, but I wanted to take advantage of the spacious comforts of a full blog post to highlight some of the other Twitter dedicated to Mars exploration coverage:
Mars groups and organizations
Mars scientists and engineers
- colinpillinger: Colin Pillinger, planetary scientist and principal investigator for the 2003 British Beagle 2 Mars lander project.
- Marscryovolc: Planetary Geologist, Spacetweep, NASA fan, Astronomer, Volcanologist.
- marsroverdriver: Scott Maxwell, NASA’s lead rover driver for Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity (AKA The Coolest Job on Earth and Mars).
- MarsRoverGirl: JPL robot engineer with coveted title of “Mars Rover Driver” by Julie Townsend. Helping girls discover robotics and technology.
- marssciencegrad: Studied Mars using visible and near-IR spectroscopy and now working on the Mars Science Lab rover.
Alas, no Twitter accounts for people like Stephen Squyres or Robert Zubrin. I guess they’re busy?
Mars enthusiasts bloggers and news sites
- Ares: In persona accounts from the forth planet itself.
- KillerCuriosity: Unofficial parody site for NASA’s 2011 Mars Science Laboratory rover.
- ThePlanetMars: Another Mars persona account, albeit inactive.
- BuyPlanetMars: Scam to sell you real estate on Mars. Don’t visit them.
Am I missing any? Send in your Twitter account handle to get it listed here.
There’s a great number of space enthusiast folks on Twitter, but I’d like to keep this list limited to people directly connected to Mars exploration or accounts predominantly dedicated to Mars. For other accounts to follow, wander over to the Space Tweep Society, or check out the space section on WeFollow.
While you’re here, check out my other curated post on 2011 Mars events.
Grown out of a regular blog around the time of the Mars Exploration Rovers run by me, Joost Schuur, Martian Soil currently lives on as Twitter account, featuring the latest Mars exploration and pop culture news. You’ll find the latest updates over on the right in the side bar too.
For a couple of weeks now, I’ve been cross-posting Mars related news from the Twitter account to a new Facebook fan page. With the help of some invites by friends and a small run of Facebook ads, I’ve been able to secure the 100 fans needed there to obtain the handy custom URL http://facebook.com/martiansoil. Yay me.
Twitter cross-posting to this blog appears to have broke a longer while ago and I’m not sure why yet. I recommend you follow the updates on Twitter or Facebook in the mean time. There’s even a Friendfeed group, if that’s your poison.
Update: Due to the manual way I have to post items to the Facebook page (to get the pretty image previews and summaries), I suspended updated to Facebook a while back. You’ll have to follow the Twitter account at this point.
Hi, I’m Joost Schuur. Eons ago (in Internet Time), I used to run a blog about the planet Mars called Martian Soil and I’ve got the itch to do that again.
For now, I’ll be posting Mars news links on Twitter @martiansoil and cross-posting a daily digest here.