Richard Fernandez hits on something that bothers me about the mindset of the country: No Country for Young Men
The big giveaway is we as a civilization don’t want to go to the planets any more, because the old don’t want to go anywhere. Imagine clambering into spaceships! The very idea gives us the shivers. [...]
Popular Mechanics asks the question, but doesn’t look too deeply for alternative answers.
It’s a pretty interesting study, just looking at the different sizes of possible “classic” generation-ship missions and how to both ensure survivability (against unexpected problems en-route) and maintain genetic diversity (necessary for adaptability to unknown conditions en-route and at the destination). Small [...]
Not sure what he says in this clip because watching interview videos makes my skin crawl, but I’m sure it’s something interesting:
Elon Musk On Colonizing Mars
On the other hand, the blurb alone on this one made me chuckle:
Here’s How Elon Musk Can Tell If Job Applicants Are Lying About Their [...]
Yes, of course it will need men as well, but for any viable permanent colony women of child-bearing age will be required. Which is why it’s interesting and positive that there are quite a few Mars One Applicants from that particular demographic.
Now, whether or not they’re qualified is another matter. I’d easily circular-file half [...]
They believe the huge space colony could be built before the year 2000.
Yeah, if you could build that space colony already, that would be great.
Back in the 1970s, a handful of artists drew up intricate renderings of said mind-bending super space stations for NASA. They make the International Space Station look like a flying tin can—which is essentially what it is. In these concepts, the space stations are big enough not only to support suburban-looking neighborhoods with [...]
Thanks to a cheap promotional airfare and some friends willing to go on a weekend trip to the Arctic north, in the winter, on a lark, I now know what Iceland looks like in the dark.
Something like this…
…which reminded me of the agricultural bubbles at the Green in In the Shadow of [...]
A not particularly revelatory look at NASA’s ever-deferred humans-to-Mars efforts: The Deferred Dreams of Mars
Still worth a read, even if it is mostly a recitation of the conventional wisdom on the topic – not to be harsh on Brian Bergstein, it’s just that there’s nothing really new in what he has written. Apart from [...]
I’m doing some reading in Indian history as part of my research for the sequel to In the Shadow of Ares. In John Keay’s India: A History, I came across this interesting passage in his discussion of the ‘epic age’ of the Mahabharata and Ramayana:
As for the retreat into exile, the other central theme [...]
This could certainly be useful in martian and lunar settlements, and perhaps moreso on the way to and from them – Researchers successfully treat previously lethal doses of radiation:
“The fact that this treatment can be administered up to a day after radiation exposure is so important,” said Millie Donlon, DARPA’s program manager for this [...]