Just finished watching MARS series produced by National Geographic channel.
Great series that had me forget that I was watching what is (so far) fiction. It was also a lot more story based than I was expecting, but the human stories helped create the Mars world. The mix of realistic action and the the interviews really made me forget I was watching something non-factual in places – despite the miles of wasteful corridors of the Mars base, it was more corridor than habitat in places!
Image: Mars Endeavour Crater captured by NASA Opportunity rover
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has taken an image of the Earth, through the rings of Saturn. I don’t think I really need to say anything more.
via The Earth from Saturn — …and Then There’s Physics
Cassini scientists announce that a form of chemical energy that life can feed on appears to exist on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and Hubble researchers report additional evidence of plumes erupting from Jupiter’s moon Europa.
“This is the closest we’ve come, so far, to identifying a place with some of the ingredients needed for a habitable environment,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters in Washington.
via NASA Missions Provide New Insights into ‘Ocean Worlds’ | NASA
We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year. They have already paid a significant deposit to do a moon mission. Like the Apollo astronauts before them, these individuals will travel into space carrying the hopes and dreams of all humankind, driven by the universal human spirit of exploration.
So excited when I heard the announcement. Hopefully they hit all the deadlines and get the trip underway as soon as. Can’t wait!
via SpaceX to Send Privately Crewed Dragon Spacecraft Beyond the Moon Next Year | SpaceX
Seems like they may be a little way off for a little longer still, sadly…
…based on the assumption that launch costs would one day drop to about $70 per pound, thanks to the advent of reusable launch vehicles and improved rocket fuels. Today, it still costs at least $9,000 per pound of stuff launched into space.
THE NEVER-ENDING QUEST TO BUILD A HOTEL IN SPACE