Carnival of Space 341

The Carnival of Space 341 is up at Phototospace.

The Meridiani Journal – New evidence for possible flowing water on Mars

Recurring slope lineae” (RSL) at Palikir Crater on Mars. Click for larger version. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Universe Today – Experts Question Claim Tunguska Meteorite May Have Come from Mars

Nextbigfuture – Details on Escape Dynamics and their microwave power beaming approach to launching spacecraft single stage to orbit

Nextbigfuture – Escape Dynamics and their presentation at Google Solve for X

Nextbigfuture – Elon Musk describes his plans for a large Mars colonization rocket in about 2024. “Then we need to develop a much larger vehicle which would be sort of what I call a large colonial transport system. This would really be — we’re talking about rockets on a scale, a bigger scale than has ever been done before, that make the Apollo Moon rocket look small. And they would have to launch very frequently as well. [reusable]

“That’s what’s needed in order to send millions of people and millions of tons of cargo to Mars, which is the minimum level to have a self-sustaining civilization on Mars.

“We might be able to complete that [rocket] in about 10 or 12 years, and hopefully the first people we’d send to Mars would be around the middle of the next decade.

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