Category Archives: Humans to Mars

The Ethics of Sending People to Mars

The National Academies Institute of Medicine says, there’s no way to do it ethically unless the trip meets our strict criteria. Personally, I’d much rather have the capability built and let anyone who weighs the odds decide for themselves. Good … Continue reading

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Cool Idea…but What does it Mean for Inspiration Mars?

The Mars Society is in the midst of their annual meeting in Boulder CO. Dennis Tito from Inspiration Mars is there, and they promised a big announcement. Well, it turns out they’re calling on college students to submit design concepts … Continue reading

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Communications Infrastructure on Mars

For someone living on the Red Planet, communications with Earth will be delayed by a one-way travel time for between 5 and 20 minutes. Geometry will also lead to some difficulties, making communications impossible or very difficult without some infrastructure … Continue reading

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How to go to Mars in 2020?

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory released its planning document for the potential 2020 rover this week. It can be found here. It’s pretty hefty (154 pages plus appendices) and covers many available options in a cost-constrained environment. There’s a particular focus … Continue reading

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Still in the Doldrums

Just haven’t been in the posting mood, though I’ve been quite busy. Earlier-mentioned project proceeds apace, and we’ll see how things develop in the near future. On another front, a collection of short stories that I contributed to is coming … Continue reading

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After the Presser

Listened in to the Inspiration Mars press conference today. Then I downloaded the paper that served as the basis for the plan, and read a little of others’ opinions here(I agree with Rand’s interpretation of the first question as “Are … Continue reading

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News from the Commercial Space Front

Dennis Tito, the first person to personally pay for a ride to the International Space Staiton, has a press conference coming this week. Rumor has it that he’ll announce a crewed flyby mission of Mars launched in 2018. News here, … Continue reading

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MarsOne Update

While reading up on the inflatable node headed to ISS, I came across this information in the SpaceX Dragon Wikipedia entry. Turns out, MarsOne (who also recently specified what they’re looking for in Mars settlers) is planning to use a … Continue reading

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In Space, No one can hear the Washing Machine

That’s because there is none. I always had fun imagining who does the menial work on a space station when everyone is a PhD, but didn’t know that there wasn’t a washing machine on the ISS. Clothes are worn for … Continue reading

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Mars Sleep and Food

The Mars sleep “issue” I talked about before made it to Science Friday this week, along with some discussion about food for the trip to Mars. Turns out there’s a recipe contest for people who want to suggest recipes using … Continue reading

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