Rover. Photo by Karl Palutke.
Something I was looking at the possibility of was a quick project on the colonisation process of Mars. Next month NASA plans to launch the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. It’s another probe, but this one has a twist. It’s going to become the first intentional infrastructure around Mars. Later around 2009, it’s NASA plan to launch the Mars Telecommunications Orbiter (since starting to write this, it’s been cancelled), which will be the first extraterrestrial satellelite whose primary mission is to provide infrastructure. There are interesting archaeological and anthropological questions which we could research, even if the first colonists of Mars are robotic. As part of looking into this I’ve got my hands on the NASA reports and a few other things written on the subject. I did seriously consider putting together something for the CHAT (Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory [pdf]) conference on the subject but now I’ve decided not to.