Interesting data from the Mars Express spacecraft. Turns out the surface is protected from solar wind, in a form. While Mars lacks a magnetic dipole, apparently solar wind induces currents in the upper atmosphere, providing a limited form of UV protection for the surface. This leads to more evidence of possible surviving bacteria living on the surface. This also signals good news for future colonists in that while the glass used for domes also can provide solar power and UV protection, the surface environment, while harsh, may not be as bad as we assumed.
While considering the dome situation for growing plants, (see www.fly-to-the-moon.com for a more visual example) I wonder if plant growth would thrive more on mars then filtered light from the sun on the moon. It would seem to be more natural. Nonetheless, having solar glass shipped to mars would not be cost effective until we find a way to manufacture it in-situ. If we can make mooncrete, we can make marscrete. And there is lots of sand for glass. Spam the robots!
Read more here.
On a more personal note to Mr. Elon Musk. Launching your very expensive car into space while playing Bowie? Thats ****ign AWESOME! I mean, really! Your favorite car and you trust your hardware enough to orbit it, hell yea! If you had a plan to land the car and me and a few cargo containers I would be all in! Get even crazier, send some ‘dozer bots and make a damn track! First speed record on mars! Think of the web hits and youtube value of watching a guy blast thru space behind the wheel of your car slowly losing his mind driving to mars for months! I have to laugh because all I can picture is Ed ‘big daddy’ roth’s art work.
In all seriousness, send me. First redneck hick on mars. Ok, just kidding. Buy my sites and and help me pay off some loans. Hey, you don’t want Branson to own the ENTIRE Fly-To coporation…
All joking aside, why do you two not work with each other? Get with Bigelo Aerospace and your BFR and assemble a new space station in a few months timeline. Send up the balloons and and bolt it tougher. You guys could do in a few months what took 20 years of government mismanagement on the ISS and they are just going to let it burn up on reentry in a few years. Build it with the classic 60’s NASA moon art torus and spin it, see if it works. The balancing problem easily solved with a giant reaction wheel, like a sliding weight on a tire. Stick another giant rocket on its butt and point me to Mars!
Can’t blame a guy for tryin’
Some solar issues to think about when colonizing Phobos and Deimos.
Found this neat article on phys.org about generating oxygen with plasma on mars.
Well, looks like Lockheed-Martin is getting in on the mars race with their new habitat/lander combo.
China wants to build its Utopian city of vertical forests, really neat if they combine it with UAE’s idea for martian habitats. I could definitely live in a lush forest dome on mars.
edit: update – Musk found the money, by dropping everything else. Hot off the press, read here : SpaceX to Phase Out Everything But Its Mars-Colonizing ‘BFR’ Rocket All aboard the B.F.R!
Wow, Elon Musk dreams big. And yea, thats a BIG rocket. 100 people to mars?! Amazing. We at Fly-To Corp. would like to offer our services (domains) to him for the low price of 2 million dollars. Hey, we have launch fee’s back ordered and vinnie don’t take no checks, see?
To quote the article: “The slimmed-down rocket would be nine meters, or about 30 feet, in diameter instead of the 12-meter behemoth he described last year. It would still be more powerful than the Saturn 5 rocket that took NASA astronauts to the moon. Mr. Musk called it B.F.R. (The “B” stands for “big”; the “R” is for “rocket.”) The B.F.R. would be able to lift 150 metric tons to low-Earth orbit, Mr. Musk said.”
He still has not figgured out how to pay for all this, but he has released some engineering details. (I love the quote : “The mood at the conference was almost as giddy as a rock concert or the launch of a new Apple product, with people lining up for Mr. Musk’s presentation a couple of hours in advance.”)
Giddy. Ha, how often do you hear that word? Seriously though, these space faring billionaires ARE becoming the new rock stars in a way..
B.F.R , ha! Must be playing too much doom now that its been ported to the switch.
In all seriousness though, 100 people? I would love to see plans for that Earth-Mars transport. I can see a team-up with Bigelo Aerospace and their inflatable habitat modules. (Already being tested on the ISS). They are being proposed for the 2021 lunar habitat. Personally i think we should also contract with Bigelo for these habitats as they are much safer. When a micrometeorite hits metal, it fragments and forms a non sealing hole. An inflatable habitat is mostly self-sealing (rubber) and can be repaired much like a standard tire. It is more flexible then alloy based pressure vessels, takes less room to launch and all in all more durable then current designs. I would bet on inflatables as being a game changer here, in terms of safety, production and launch costs. Buy Stock in Bigelo, I say.
Read more here at SpaceX.com.
Also found this gem about banning sex on mars missions, and space in general. Sponsored by TheSun.uk You think low gravity would have interesting effects on fetal development? Perhaps that’s where the ‘grey’ aliens are from..Just space born humans. 😀
Found this link with more info about water on mars posted by a great site, science daily. They have tons of articles, don’t forget to click on the DINOSAUR EATING FROG! OMGOMG!
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Found this neat press release. Both Voyagers are still running, but I did not know they transmitted non-stop. Also that voyager 2’s plasma sensor still works. Nice jumping point to more Voyager stuff. 40 years in the harshest environment and still limping along like a car with 12 billion or so miles on it. Dang they just don’t make stuff like they used to.
Check it out here : A Day in the Life of NASA’s Voyagers