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I don’t always agree with Robert Zubrin, but he does make his point with very little beating around the bush.
“In short, if we want to get a sample from Mars, we should devise a plan to get a sample from Mars in the simplest, cheapest, fastest, and most direct fashion possible, and not let the mission be made into a Christmas tree on which to hang all the ornaments in the bureaucracy’s wish box of useless and costly multi-decade delays,” Zubrin concluded.
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- April 9, 2013
Spaceship 2 and the moon
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 [...]
Warp drive: how and when?
IO9 has a detailed article with an interview of physicist Harold White, who a few months ago at the 100 year starship symposium, revealed that the energy requirements for an Alcubierre warp drive capable of 2-4 week trip to the closest star system, Alpha Centauri. Here’s a quote I thought was compelling: “In late 1942, [...]
- November 21, 2012
Exotic propulsion concepts
Centauri Dreams has published a story detailing some exotic propulsion concepts proposed by the likes of Arthur C. Clarke and Clifford Singer.
- November 20, 2012
New Mars discovery “is gonna be one for the history books”
We won’t know what it is for a couple of weeks, but I have to imagine it has something to do with finding some evidence of organic compounds or even past life on Mars.
Newly discovered super-exo-planet is 13 times bigger than Jupiter
This gigantic planet was directly imaged by astronomers in Hawaii using the Subaru Telescope. I have to imagine that there are some Earth sized moons orbiting this behemoth.