Zac Trolley

Category Archives: Science and Technology

Water on Mars!

A paper published in Science presents the data used to determine the existence of an underground Martian lake. The scientists took information from the  radar instrument aboard the ESA Mars Express between May 2012 and December 2015 and came to the conclusion that there is a body of salty water under the south pole of […]

Mars in a Decade

This past week, Gwynne Shotwell spoke to the TED audience in Vancouver. At the end of her talk she said she believed SpaceX would be sending people to Mars within a decade. Elon is known for his super aggressive timelines, and Gwynne is the one usually reeling them in. If she says 10 years, that’s […]

My Mars One Relationship

A recent article by Rae Paoletta got me thinking about Mars One again. She does a very good job of laying out the difficulties Mars One has had, and stay mostly neutral before slanting to the obvious negative angle. I have a complicated relationship with Mars One that isn’t as negative as everyone else’s and […]

MDRS Crew 188 Post Mission

It’s been three weeks since I’ve returned to “Earth” from my adventures at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) I’ve spoken to many people about my mission there, and I’ve had some time to internalize my own thoughts and feelings. It’s be the digestion of those feelings that have taken up a lot of my […]

MDRS Crew 188 Day 0

Later this week I will be flying to the Utah desert to be a part of the Mars Desert Research Station Crew 188. I am very excited, as being a crew member of MDRS has been a goal of mine for many years. For many of those years I didn’t think it would be possible, […]

Cassini’s last flight

If you’ve ever looked at pictures of Saturn in awe, you have the Cassini space craft to thank for that. The Cassini probe reached Saturn in 2004 and ever since then has been providing us with stunning images and fantastic science. Cassini is how we know Titan has rivers  and lakes of methane. Cassini is how we […]

TRAPPIST-1 and its planets

In 1992 scientists confirmed for the first time that there were planets around other stars. Think about that for a second. During all human history, it wasn’t until 25 years ago that we knew that there were other plants then our own. 25 years ago, we got confirmation that the galaxy contains billions of possible worlds. The […]

Alberta’s Natural Gas – 100 years left

When talking about renewable energy, it’s often said that natural gas, especially in Alberta, is a fantastic transition fuel from coal. Being that Alberta uses a lot of both, it’s an inviting proposition. Natural gas is cleaner, and Alberta has a lot of it. Or so we think. There are varying estimates on how much […]