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Purple Press

Reading excerpts from the time-warped Chinese press release about the launch of Shenzhou 7, I was reminded of the strange similarity between their official propaganda and – of all things – bodice-ripper romance novels:

After this order, signal lights all were switched on, various data show up on rows of screens, hundreds of technicians staring […]

Try, Try Again

Elon Musk:

With a successful Falcon 1 mission, Musk plans to start lobbying for a follow-on contract to develop the Falcon 9-Dragon to transport space station crews.

“We haven’t pushed hard yet, even though I think it’s like blindingly obvious as the thing to do because we’re hoping to get to orbit and then on […]



Space Transport “I’ll Believe It When I See It” #45645988223

The Japan Space Elevator Association is planning to build (obviously enough) a space elevator:

Now the finest scientific minds of Japan are devoting themselves to cracking the greatest sci-fi vision of all: the space elevator. Man has so far conquered space by painfully and inefficiently blasting himself out of the atmosphere but the 21st century […]

This, I Like

Let’s hope NASA can actually make something of this project – NASA Eyes Nuclear Reactor for Moon Base:

Supported at a cost of about $10 million a year, the Fission Surface Power Project this week awarded two contracts for power conversion units, used to turn the heat of nuclear reactions into electricity…

The converter design […]

Vertical Farming?

Not sure if the economics would support a full-scale version of this on Earth any time in the near future, but it’s got a lot of possibilities for lunar and Mars colonization – Farming in the Sky. The PopSci article notes that while a fully-integrated implementation is still being worked, the various technological bits and […]