Mars Archive

asteroidsCarnival of Space 581

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The Carnival of Space 581 is up at Photon Fishing. Universe Today – Musk Gives an Update on When a Mars Colony Could be Built On Monday, Sept. 17th), Elon Musk revealed new information about the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) …

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 …

MarsSpaceX updates Mars Colony rendering with new BFR

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The new version of the BFS 100-person spaceship is longer than the old design. It is 55 meters instead of 48 meters. Mars Base Alpha pic.twitter.com/O1llQp8rFY — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 21, 2018

futureElon’s vision is regular flights to the moon that regular people could afford

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SpaceX is currently spending 5% of its resources on the BFR development. This will change and increase over time. Dragon 2 is scheduled for an uncrewed launch in December. The crewed flight is targeted for the second quarter of 2019. …

colonizationLunar railgun for super-cheap Mars missions and Giant Mars open atmosphere lasers

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A magnetic railgun that is only ten meters long can launch from the moon to Mars. It can have less than half the speed of the US Navy railgun. It only needs 3 kilometers per second versus 7 kilometers per …

colonizationExisting technology to mine water and ice on Mars

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Kris Zacny, Mining Water on Mars. From the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention, held at the Pasadena Convention Center in Southern California from Aug 23-26, 2018. You have to launch 226 kilograms from Earth for every 1 kilogram of …

dronesRobotic bumble bee sized drones will explore Mars by flying with flapping insect like wings

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Marsbees are robotic flapping wing flyers of a bumblebee size with cicada sized wings. The Marsbees are integrated with sensors and wireless communication devices. The mobile base can act as a recharging station and main communication center. The swarm of …

colonizationShallow Subsurface Ice on Mars

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Jeffrey J. Plaut, NASA Jet Propulsion Scientist, Reviews the Evidence for Shallow Subsurface Ice on Mars. The Marsis and Sharad missions to Mars provide evidence of shallow ground ice that is tens of meters from the surface. The overall average …

energyKilopower first step to safe and power nuclear fission for space and other applications

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Dr. David Poston, Los Alamos National Laboratory talks about the simple and safe NASA Kilopower Project. KRUSTY showed that developing a small reactor is not inherently expensive. – A new reactor concept was designed, fabricated and tested for less than …

MarsSearch for Life on Mars

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Dr. Abigail Fraeman – NASA/JPL – Member of the Opportunity, Curiosity, and Mars 2020 Rover teams. Mars 2020 discussion started 25 minutes into the talk. Dr. Carol Stoker – NASA/Ames “Why and How We Should Search for Life on Mars …