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My answer is, yes, in the hearts of those who know the stars are mankind’s destiny. The hard part is to get the general public to acknowledge that and manage the fears over nuclear technology in space. Go read Paul Gilster’s analysis.
Departs for Mars. Credit: Adrian Mann
[T]he Orion idea won’t go away because it is so tantalizing. Church runs through the relevant information, much of it familiar to old Centauri Dreams hands. Freeman Dyson and Ted Taylor were working on a concept in which a large percentage of the energy of a nuclear explosion — these are small nukes of the kind Taylor specialized in — could be concentrated in one direction. If you can do that, you can blow that energy into a propellant slab to create thrust[.]
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- January 7, 2014
Ten quadrillion years into the future…
Great info-graphic at the BBC: Timeline of the far future. Hopefully, by then humanity will have transcended into a more durable machine form.
- October 18, 2013
Saturn as you’ve never seen it
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- August 5, 2013
Fantastic Space Station Concepts from the 70s
I’ve always been fascinated by these concepts. True world building.
- April 9, 2013
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Imagine looking up to sky and seeing this.
- November 27, 2012
Elon Musk REALLY wants to colonize Mars
Key things needed for his vision to succeed are reusable rockets, willing (and wealthy) volunteers, and a collaborating government to foot some of the bill. “Some money has to be spent on establishing a base on Mars. It’s about getting the basic fundamentals in place,” Musk said. “That was true of the English colonies [in […]