Fungal Mycotecture to Grow Mars Habitats

A turtle carries its own habitat. While reliable, it costs energy in transporting mass. NASA makes the same trade-off when it transports habitats and other structures needed for human and other applications on lunar and planetary surfaces “on the back” of its missions. During Phase 1, NASA Ames Research Center identified a novel biology-based solution …

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NASA NIAC Study – Petabits of Planetary Survey Data Earth-Mars Cycler

The Solar System Pony Express is a global, multi-spectral, high-resolution planetary surveyor supported by regular visits from a cycler satellite network to retrieve petabits of data for transit to Earth. This is a phase 1 NASA NIAC study. The “courier” satellites use optical communications to receive 1-3 petabits from the surveyor at least once per …

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Direct Laser Propulsion For Earth-Mars in 30 Days and Eventually 2.5 Days

Limitless Space Institute gave out nine interstellar space-related grants for about $1 million to 2 million each. Phil Lubin’s direct laser propulsion group received a grant and they will use to prove out their directed laser propulsion system at the 10-20 watt level. They are also working on components at the kilowatt to tens of …

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Space Tourism and Industry to Get to Colonization Critical Mass

Could space tourism enable lunar and orbital colonization to reach critical mass? I view colonization critical mass to be over 300k people. Around 1745, the American colonies passed a population of 1 million. This population had doubled twice from 250,000 people in 1700 and nearly tripled by 1780 to 2.7 million. SpaceX Super Heavy Starship …

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Mars Perserverence

NASA press conference on the Mars Perserverence. SOURCES- NASA Written By Brian Wang, Nextbigfuture.com Brian WangBrian Wang is a Futurist Thought Leader and a popular Science blogger with 1 million readers per month. His blog Nextbigfuture.com is ranked #1 Science News Blog. It covers many disruptive technology and trends including Space, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Medicine, …

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Perseverance Rover Arrives at Mars Tomorrow

The Mars 2020 Perseverance rover arrives at the Red Planet on Feb. 18, 2021. It is about 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) from Mars. NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance mission is days away from attempting to land the agency’s fifth rover on the Red Planet. Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, where …

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Microwave Water Splitting for Breakthroughs for Making Hydrogen, Oxygen and Fast Battery Charging

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) report contactless H2 production via water electrolysis mediated by the microwave-triggered redox activation of solid-state ionic materials at low temperatures (less than 250 °C). This will simplify and significantly cheapen the process for hydrogen production. Water was reduced via reaction with non-equilibrium …

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Elon Musk Targets Orbital SpaceX Starship in 2021 and Unmanned Mars in 2024

Elon Musk spoke for nearly an hour at the 2020 Mars Society Event. Elon said that he was 80-90% confident that the SpaceX Starship would reach orbit in 2021. Elon was interviewed by Robert Zubrin. Elon wants to make a city on Mars self-sustaining to offset the risks of a disaster on Earth. Confidently getting …

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Four Buried Lakes on Mars

Researchers have confirmed the presence of a lake discovered two years ago and found three more lakes. Radar data from the European Space Agency Mars Express was analyzed to reveal the lakes. The Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding (MARSIS) sent radio waves that bounce off layers of material in the planet’s surface …

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Elon Musk Thinks the First Orbital Flight of Starship Will Be in 2021

Elon Musk had a phone interview for the Human to Mars Conference. He mentioned that there will be improvements for the Super Heavy Starship. SpaceX is spending $5 billion on the Super Heavy Starship development program. NASA is providing $100-150 million of support for a lunar version of Starship. A recent ArsTechnica article mentioned Starship …

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