There's been a lot of celebration this holiday season of the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, the first time humans went into (relatively) deep space and orbited another body, the moon. I'm glad to see Apollo 8 getting some recognition. It's usually overshadowed by Apollo 11, the first mission to actually land on … Continue reading The difficulty of going to Mars
Evidence of liquid water found on Mars
Rather than attempt to write about this, I'm just going to embed a couple of tweets from NASA. https://twitter.com/NASA/status/648523470070923264 https://twitter.com/NASA/status/648527086299316224 Water, of course, is the elixir of life. The probability of some kind of life existing on Mars seems to have just increased.
‘The Martian’: Robinson Crusoe meets Apollo 13
I recently read Andy Weir's novel: 'The Martian'. Weir's book is a self publishing success story. An admitted life long geek, he enjoyed thoroughly researching how a mission to Mars might work and what might go wrong with it. He originally published the book, in serialized form, on his web site. In response to reader … Continue reading ‘The Martian’: Robinson Crusoe meets Apollo 13
The problems with ensuring humanity’s survival with space colonies
Stephen Hawking, as he has done before, expresses a common sentiment, that we need to colonize space in order to survive. Humans should go and live in space within the next 1,000 years, or it will die out, Stephen Hawking has warned. "We must continue to go into space for the future of humanity," Mr … Continue reading The problems with ensuring humanity’s survival with space colonies
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Elon Musk
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviewed Elon Musk on Tyson's podcast, StarTalk. The interview covers a range of topics, and Tyson includes Bill Nye in a running commentary on the interview. (Chuck Nice is also there to add his usual laughs.) I found Nye's take on many things, such as the problems with the idea of colonizing … Continue reading Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Elon Musk
Yep, Mars One appears to be a scam
I've written critically about Mars One before, just evaluating their claims at face value. But it appears that I wasn't nearly skeptical enough. Mars One appears to be a scam. A Mars One "finalist" candidate explains why: Mars One Finalist Explains Exactly How It’s Ripping Off Supporters — Matter — Medium. “When you join the ‘Mars One … Continue reading Yep, Mars One appears to be a scam
Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan
ratamacue0 sent me this interesting Slashdot post: Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan - Slashdot. Randym writes: With the simultaneous announcement of a possible nitrogen-based, cell-like structure allowing life outside the "liquid water zone" (but within a methane atmosphere) announced by researchers at Cornell (academic paper) and the mystery of fluctuating methane levels on Marsraising the possibility of methane-respiring … Continue reading Methane-Based Life Possible On Titan
Mars One and done?
Mars One, a non-governmental plan to send colonists on way trips to Mars starting in 2025, has been in the news a lot over the last year. While I'd love to see us establish a human presence on Mars, the Mars One project has always struck me as a flawed plan, with far too many optimistic assumptions. It … Continue reading Mars One and done?
Comet Siding Spring: A Close Encounter with Mars
In case you haven't heard yet, there's a comet headed for Mars. It will pass pretty close, close enough for the various orbiters we have in there to get pictures, and for them to be in a little bit of peril. But apparently there is a plan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq8lEKAY_fI Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring will make … Continue reading Comet Siding Spring: A Close Encounter with Mars
The real goal and challenge of establishing off-world colonies
David Warmflash (a very cool name) has a post up at Discovery looking at the issues with establishing off world colonies: Forget Mars. Here's Where We Should Build Our First Off-World Colonies. The collective space vision of all the world’s countries at the moment seems to be Mars, Mars, Mars. The U.S. has two operational rovers … Continue reading The real goal and challenge of establishing off-world colonies