D.N. Lee is at it again: Colonize Mars? Not until we learn some lessons here on Earth
What bothers me in this sort of discussion is that the very people who we want to go to space to escape are the ones who are going to do their damnedest to stop us from escaping them. […]
Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars.
Tl;dr: Mars One has ten years to come up with Mars-workable versions of common industrial processes and improve the capabilities of 3D printing and desktop machining.
Speaking of the latter – I went to the Maker Faire in Loveland last weekend, and ran into these guys, who […]
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 […]