Mars

elon muskNASA Moon Plans Are a Disappointment

NASA current plans to return astronauts to the moon by 2024 and to create a lunar gateway (a mini-ISS space station) in lunar orbit would be a disappointment. If this happens it means that the Space Launch System rocket was …

elon musk2015 Journey To Space is a RetroFuture

Retrofuturism shows the future produced in an earlier era. Futurism is anticipating what will come and retrofuturism is remembering an outdated expectation. Journey to Space was made in 2015 and is looking at what Boeing and United Launch Alliance hoped …

MarsMars Curiosity Detects High Methane Levels Which Could Be Life

This week, NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover found a surprising result: the largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission — about 21 parts per billion units by volume (ppbv). One ppbv means that if you take a volume of …

elon muskWe Will Build Cruise Ships in Space So Radiation Problems of Life Rafts Go Away

Many people talk about the technical problem of too much radiation for missions to Mars or long term operations in space beyond the protection of Earth’s magnetic field. The problem comes from the assumption that we fly in Apollo mission …

futureSpaceX Renders Metal Starship on Moon and Mars

Elon Musk has tweeted out new SpaceX computer-generated pictures of the metallic Starship on the Moon and Mars. The SpaceX Spaceship is the upper stage of what was called the BFR. It is being made with a steel alloy that …

energyNASA Will Flight Test a Nuclear Rocket by 2024 and Other High Tech NASA Projects

A portion of NASA’s $21.5 billion 2019 budget is for developing advanced space power and propulsion technology. NASA will spend $176 to $217 million on maturing new technology. There are projects that NASA has already been working on and others …

astronomyAfter NASA JPL Reset the Curiosity Rover is Working Normally

NASA’s Curiosity rover is busy making new discoveries on Mars. The rover has been climbing Mount Sharp since 2014 and recently reached a clay region that may offer new clues about the ancient Martian environment’s potential to support life. Curiosity …

cityElon Musk and Others Plan the Details for a City on Mars

Elon Musk wrote a 16-page article that described a plan to reduce the cost to bring one person to Mars down to $100,000. Elon Musk has a ballpark assumption that allocating one-ton of mass is enough for the passenger, supplies, …

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

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 …

EconomicsSpaceX Super Heavy Starship Will Also Be Space Tugs and Cycler

Many space plans propose different space vehicles for different roles and activities. There is a launcher that goes from Earth to low earth orbit or the launcher goes directly to higher orbits with lower mass. The SpaceX Super Heavy Starship …