Monday, April 25, 2011

SpaceX Aims High

http://www.zeitnews.org/space-science/spacex-aims-to-put-man-on-mars-in-10-20-years.html

Mars in 20 years or less? I like it! At least someone out there is setting a lofty goal. I wonder who they plan to work with when it comes to building the bases, or if it will just be a fly by, or fly around mission.

One has to think that Bigelow has been working on some sort of Mars Base system, even if it's just the initial in-orbit docking station around the red marble, but of course that's just speculation on my end. :)

If one were to imagine the best possible scenario, in my opinion anyway, but also shared by others in the space-geek community, it would be that SpaceX and Bigelow (or any such companies) would work on establishing an automated LEO refueling station and another automated LO (Lunar Orbit) refueling station (or an L point one), which would solidify the infrastructure for an easier hop to Mars.

My only concern with all this is the global meltdown of economics, and since space exploration is heavily tied to economics, one must be pragmatic enough to see that even though we have the mental fortitude, knowledge and technological capabilities to explore our solar system with humans at the wheel, we might never establish the economic viability to make it happen.

All our genius, squandered by money. How nice.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

My Face in Space - Yuri's Night Relfection

This is not really a scientific or technical post related to any article, but I felt the urge to mention that my face will be in space. :)

You see, I am on a bowling league with the pilot of STS-134, Mr. Greg Johnson (who is a good bowler by the way). We all took pictures of our league and he's taking that up to space with him. We hope maybe he'll have time to have pictures of him taken holding our pictures, looking out Cupola. Not sure if that will happen of course, but WOW would that be nice. :)

It's fun to know and work with people in the human spaceflight industry. As Yuri's Night is upon us, today I reflect on this awesome job I have, but also the sadness that fills me that I live in a country that is more interested in blowing things up around the world than exploring the space around it.

I hope soon the sentiment changes, locally and globally, and we can evolve ourselves towards a Type 1 Civilization, shedding the baggage this "old world" has saddled us with, so we can pursue new and amazing things for mankind. :)