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colonizationGateway Foundation Simplifies What is Still an Ambitious Space Station

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Gateway Spaceport is a membership funded organization that wants to create next-generation space stations. Nextbigfuture has written about their earlier designs for an orbiting spaceport. They have made nice renderings and animations of their designs and construction methods. The Gateway …

antiagingMoon Bases, Orbital Bases and the Start of Mars Colonization by 2040

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One of Elon Musk’s speeches was animated by After Skool. Elon discussed how societal and technological progress is not inevitable. Elon cited the examples of the Egyptians forgetting how to build Pyramids and the Romans forgetting how to build their …

analysisNASA Did Not Accept an Unlimited Budget for Sending Humans to Mars But Elon Musk Would

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The New York Magazine describes how President Trump offered some people at NASA to imagine and propose an Apollo-style crash program to get humans to Mars. NASA described getting to humans to Mars in the 2030s. Trump asked if the …

colonizationNear Term Moon Bases and Operations

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What will the moon be used for and how big could moon bases be? The main things that I can see as near-term uses for the moon are 1. Source of water for space operations that is many times cheaper …

colonizationEquipment for Moon Mining Operations are Being Developed

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The technology needed for mining water ice on the moon and converting it into fuel is pretty straight forward. Various groups are already making the actual needed hardware. Paragon Space Development and Giner are already making key pieces of what …

colonizationElon Musk Says Life on Mars Will Be Very Hard

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Elon Musk indicated that life on Mars will be very hard. It will like Shackelton’s expeditions to the Antarctic. It will not be an escape hatch for the wealthy. During the Heroic Age the Antarctic continent became the focus of …

colonizationNASA’s blimp and cloud city plan for Venus exploration and colonization

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Where in the solar system do we have Earth-like gravity, atmospheric pressure, density and radiation protection? The place that is most like the Earth is Venus 50,000 meters. This means that we can blimps and build cloud cities for colonization …

colonizationElon Musk estimates 2028 to realize Mars Base Alpha

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Elon Musk has tweeted out that he expects the rendered Mars Base Alpha with four BFS beside could be built by 2028. SpaceX is producing about 5 Merlin engines per week and has the factory capacity for 400 engines per …

colonization6% of space fans willing to live in early smaller space stations

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The National Space Society conducted an Internet survey of 1,075 subjects to shed light on their views regarding the desirability of living in a small space settlement in orbit close to the Earth. This was motivated by studies suggesting that …

colonizationMars-Moon Lava Tube habitation simulation in Iceland

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Mike Dunn talked about the use of lava tubes for the Moon and Mars habitats. Mike has worked on The Mars Lava Tube Pressurization Project’s (MLTPP). The lunar soil is 40% oxygen. Lunar cement could be made to block off …