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Bootstrapping the human race on Mars – the first 100 missions overview

The amount of mass determines everything Now that I’ve had a chance to figure out what the first missions are like and to think about the whole plan again I would like to lay out the overall mission plan for bootstrapping humanity to Mars. One of the things I’ve started to nail down is the… Continue reading Bootstrapping the human race on Mars – the first 100 missions overview

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Some Interesting pictures of Mars

Possible terraformed Mars next to Earth Mons Olympus (Twice the altitude of Everest) Forrester Crater Near Mons Olympus with Sunrise Echus Chasma (large body of water likely) Sand Castles on Mars Possible Sunrise on Mars Possible Milky way above Mars Rover Selfie Another Rover Selfie Sunrise on Mars Possible shot from Phobos of Mars Possible… Continue reading Some Interesting pictures of Mars

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Habitats on Mars – Practical and Aesthetic Architecture

Building Habitats for future Martian colonists is a very big concern for the colonists and critical to quality of life.   This article is about the practical issues in designing safe and highly livable Martian Habitats, a little dreaming of what might be possible.  If you don’t want to read too much of the technical details… Continue reading Habitats on Mars – Practical and Aesthetic Architecture

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SpaceX was valued recently near $11Billion. That’s way low. How about $200 billion

When Elon Musk made his $250 Million from Paypal he decided to spend it on several projects.   One project was to build rockets and send something to Mars.  He wanted to show America space was cool again.  So he went to Russia to find some cheap rockets.  In the process he had some pretty… Continue reading SpaceX was valued recently near $11Billion. That’s way low. How about $200 billion

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Elon Musk has said we can land a man on Mars by 2025

I believe that.  I believe it would also be largely a waste of money.   I have already made the case that sending a man or series of men like we did with Apollo would be impressive and certainly would be attention grabbing. However, it would get us virtually nowhere to our goal and likely… Continue reading Elon Musk has said we can land a man on Mars by 2025

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Does extraterrestrial life exist and will humans meet them some day? Part I

  This has been one of the most vexing questions for me.   We are inundated with science fiction programs, books and entertainment that show extraterrestrials as common. Articles come out frequently on this topic and so it vexes others.   Recently a new way to look at it has brought another view on the… Continue reading Does extraterrestrial life exist and will humans meet them some day? Part I

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Mars Missions 3-6 Start Farming, Mining and looking at habitat construction

We can only learn by experience. As I roll out these missions it becomes apparent how much should have gone into development of the components before we even get to Mars for our first trip.   Each of the items deployed in the first 2 missions will undergo rigorous testing prior to launch to Mars… Continue reading Mars Missions 3-6 Start Farming, Mining and looking at habitat construction