Is there anyone out there?!

So, there’s a new, potentially habitable, planet out there, only 40 Light-years away. Practically touching distance, galactically speaking. Add this to the 7 Trappist planets that NASA announced a couple of months ago, and we have a veritable feast of potential new and habitable worlds right on our doorstep.

Or not, as it were.

Let’s be brutally honest; none of us alive right now, or our kids, or grand kids for that matter, will ever set foot on these alien worlds.

Luckily there is a second, just as interesting search going on at present – the search for life within our own solar system. In the last few months we’ve heard of Water Plumes coming off Enceladus, with some of the right chemical compounds hinting at life, and for years we’ve known of the ocean on Europa. You’d think it’s only a matter of time before mankind finally gets a rover / Submarine out there, and then who know’s what discoveries might await us!

With all the talk of potential life existing within our own Solar System, it’s great to see that NASA is making progress in getting a vehicle up to Europa, with several different aspects of the mission now being discussed.

Do you think we’ll find life out there?

Anton Kossmann

2018 NASA Budget – A Highlight?

The budget for NASA has been announced, and approved, with not very many surprises if we’re honest. One of the biggest talking points, however, was the 5% reduction in spend on the Earth Sciences division, resulting in the cancellation of 4 missions. While many have criticised Trump and his evident ignorance of climate change (understandably), I’m of the opinion that he’s got this one right.

There are many government-led & independent organisations currently studying climate change and weather patterns on Earth (NOAA, NWS & the WMO to name but a few). It should not be in the remit of a space agency to be focusing such a large proportion of their budget to the same task, with very much the same results. We all know climate change is happening (except maybe for Mr. Trump), so lets move on.

“I will free NASA from the restriction of serving primarily as a logistics agency for low-Earth orbit activity—big deal. Instead, we will refocus its mission on space exploration. Under a Trump Administration, Florida and America will lead the way into the stars.”

“A cornerstone of my policy is we will substantially expand public private partnerships to maximize the amount of investment and funding that is available for space exploration and development. This means launching and operating major space assets, right here, that employ thousands and spur innovation and fuel economic growth.”

via Donald Trump | The Planetary Society

While he may seem to be a blind man walking around in a dark room with most of his policies, it looks like maybe he’s heading in the right direction with this one, at least?

Anton Kossmann

Would you give it all up? For Science?

So, if you had the chance to be one of the First one Mars, would you take it?

Welcome to Amalgamated Space!

Welcome to AmalgamatedSpace! We’re here to give you the down-low on what’s happening with regards to Man’s efforts to explore the Final Frontier – From the giant that is NASA, to the Korean Committee of Space Technology. It seems everyone wants to get there, but why are there so few companies working together to achieve it?

SpaceX has it’s own program, focused ultimately on getting to Mars, NASA doesn’t seem to know where it wants to go these days (poor souls), Virgin Galactic is making a comeback of sorts, and Boeing seems to have thrown it’s hat in the ring as well. No-one seems to know what’s happened to the ESA, and everyone is relying to Russia to actually get people off planet.

Could you imagine every one of those agencies having the same goal, even if just for a year? What would they be able to achieve? The technology already exists to get to Mars (albeit slowly), and more than one Agency is interested in getting there. Surely a global effort could get us there (successfully) so much quicker than all these disparate efforts taking place around the world?

I’d like to see a Mars colony happening in the next decade, and while I accept I might never set foot on another planet (my wife would never allow me to escape that easily!), I believe it’s man’s destiny to make it to the Stars. Let’s Go!

Anton Kossmann

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