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Old 09-10-2012, 11:19 AM   #81
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When you think about it, if NASA/ESA/etc.. could manage a decent margin of safety (50% or higher) and basic living conditions, would one way interplanetary space travel be all that bad ? Didn't a significant portion of the population in most previous generations leave home to immigrate to new lands under the fairly certain assumption that they would never see home again ?
I know personally without a marriage "holding me back" (ahem...) and an elderly mother, I would probably jump at the chance to be a Mars coloniser. Imagine living out your days in the shadow of Olympus Mons. Also, if Hollywood is to be believed, there are some pretty hot red skinned women up there... : o )
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50 years ago today, JFK gave what is know as the 'Moon Shot' speech. Here is a link to that speech.

Kennedy's 'Moon Speech', 50 Years Later | Video | Space.com
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Somebody has a plan to go to Mars in 2018. Funding is uncertain. Imagine that! I admire people with vision, but I thnk a guy like Elon Musk is more realistic than Mr. Tito. Notice that he is not planning a landing on Mars, just a quick fly-by and return to Earth. I wonder how he plans to get around the solar radiation problem?

Dennis Tito’s mission to Mars: Launching in 2018 for the children, and China - The Washington Post
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I wonder how he plans to get around the solar radiation problem?
Possibly water or a high density silica aerogel.

ESA testing materials to shield astronauts from cosmic radiation

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Mars Mission seeks married couple: in space, no one can hear you argue

US millionaire Dennis Tito wants to send two people on a round trip to Mars in 2018. Tim Dowling imagines his own trip to the red planet with his wife


Mars Mission seeks married couple: in space, no one can hear you argue | Science | The Guardian

This one cracks me up.
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Update: Orbital Sciences is in the race.

Antares Rocket Launch Is A Success, In Test Of Orbital Supply Vehicle : The Two-Way : NPR

"Officials say the Antares mission is a success, after a steady stream of status updates in which flight control engineers seemed to repeat "nominal" several times a minute. The vehicle will now drift in orbit before burning up in re-entry, likely in a few weeks, officials say.
The next Antares launch could take place in June or July, when the rocket would deliver a payload to the International Space Station."
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Damn, I missed it! I can see most of the Wallops Island launches from my house, but we're down in Florida right now. I think I'll drive down for a closer view of the next one. It's exciting to be so close for once. I always wanted to watch a shuttle launch, but never made it down.
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Here is interesting video of the SpaceX grasshopper vehicle climbing to over 1000 feet and then gently lowering itself back to earth. I assume this will be needed for future soft landings on land as well as to recover booster rockets for reuse.

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space...yet-6C10573570
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Here is interesting video of the SpaceX grasshopper vehicle climbing to over 1000 feet and then gently lowering itself back to earth. I assume this will be needed for future soft landings on land as well as to recover booster rockets for reuse.

SpaceX's Grasshopper reusable rocket *makes highest leap yet - NBC News.com
Wonder what the crosswind limits are for takeoff and landing...
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Interesting article on SpaceX and Elon Musk by the Brits:

Elon Musk's mission to Mars | Technology | The Guardian
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Interesting article on SpaceX and Elon Musk by the Brits:

Elon Musk's mission to Mars | Technology | The Guardian
One of the comments after the article:
"Musk is refreshing, the way he cuts straight through "we can't do that" regardless of whether it's the private sector or government that's gone all limp."

Refreshing, that's it.
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This is an interesting video from Elon Musk about how they are planing to use 3-D modeling combined with 3-D printing to design and make rocket parts.

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This is an interesting video from Elon Musk about how they are planing to use 3-D modeling combined with 3-D printing to design and make rocket parts.

Always interesting but 3D modeling and 3D printing have been around for a while.

What I find fascinating is how the operator is able to rotate and modify the 3D model not by mouse-command-mouse manipulate but by waving his hands in front of the "thingy". Putting on the "apparatus" and walking around your 3D design is also very useful / cool.

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My god all the cool things Elon does at his companies make me want to get a J*b and go back to w*rk..

Seriously will you just let me enjoy my retirement.
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The last j*b I had was writing the documentation for that software. Brings back memories (that I'm glad are only memories!). When I w*rked on it was long before Siemens bought it, but it's basically the same software. Good stuff.
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My god all the cool things Elon does at his companies make me want to get a J*b and go back to w*rk..

Seriously will you just let me enjoy my retirement.
I am, after 8 years of retirement, actually seriously considering getting a job at the Tesla store when it opens in Minnesota (next year hopefully).

Basically, I would be talking to people about Tesla, and showing them the cars. Which is what I do now. However, I would get paid for it and get some stock
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My god all the cool things Elon does at his companies make me want to get a J*b and go back to w*rk..

Seriously will you just let me enjoy my retirement.
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Speaking of launches, NASA is launching LADEE this evening and it should be visible along large portions of the east coast. See NASA's LADEE Mission | NASA
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My god all the cool things Elon does at his companies make me want to get a J*b and go back to w*rk..

Seriously will you just let me enjoy my retirement.
I have to many other things I want to do, so work is out for me at this point in life. But.... if I was in my 30's or 40's it would be an interesting job to say the least. I doubt if working at SpaceX is a 40 hour a week job, and I have to wonder about being a two income family man with little kids running around. Still, it would be great to say I helped put American back into space on an American spacecraft.
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Speaking of launches, NASA is launching LADEE this evening and it should be visible along large portions of the east coast. See NASA's LADEE Mission | NASA
It is amazing how much exploration of our solar system is going on and how unaware the public is. Unless somebody dies in space, or we do 7 minutes of terror to land on Mars, the media is really quiet on the subject.

This reminds me of Asimov's books where robots did most of the space exploration. However, unlike the books, I hope we don't decide to just hang out on Earth and let the robots take the risks.
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