Happy Space Exploration Day

I just came across this brilliant opinion piece on BlueJayBlog about what today really means, and I really feel this should go viral!

Source: Happy Space Exploration Day

“So, don’t think of today’s unofficial holiday as a celebration of only Apollo Eleven. Today is when we commemorate some of our grandest visions. Space exploration takes us away from the pettiness of life and reveals a grandeur that is as infinite as the Universe.”

Anton Kossmann

No Money for Mars? What?

This is beginning to read like a Soap Opera. NASA has turned around and admitted that their current budget might not allow them to achieve their goals of a 2030 presence on the red Planet (They do state that their budget might increase in the future, but who’s to know?)

The biggest stumbling block right now appears to be Landing on Mars, and then leaving again. The technologies don’t exist, and NASA is spending most of it’s funding on the SLS, which is designed to get man to Mars in the first place.

But why? Why are NASA spending so much money on a Launch System (Working with Boeing) when SpaceX has already almost overtaken them with its Falcon rocket system? Why not allow and support SpaceX in continuing to develop this system, and turn it’s focus instead to the tricky challenge of landing us on the planet?

Once on Mars, Bigelow enterprises are working on feasible habitat systems – let them carry on doing that, which is another thing off NASA’s shoulders.

SpaceX have announced they’d like to have a man on Mars by 2025. if their target is 5 years earlier than NASA’s, and, based on their current rate of development, seems pretty feasible, why is NASA not working with them to achieve that? Why have a separate timeline?

C’mon guys, get it together!

Anton Kossmann

Cities of the Future (1)

In my last post I mentioned that there wasn’t much going on in the way of developing technologies that would enable us to live on or under the Oceans. It appears I was wrong, as a team of Dutch Engineers has designed a prototype floating city, and are currently seeking funding to develop their idea into a viable project.

As most of the Netherlands currently sits below Sea level, I guess the Dutch have quite a vested interest in alternative technologies such as this!

Looking a bit deeper, there have been a few concepts thrown about in the last few years, ranging from Ark-Style islands to the Venus project (Which looks awesome!)

I’m not sure about you, but i think living on a floating city would be pretty cool. Not as cool as Space, but i guess there’d be lot less stuff trying to kill you, anyways!

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?

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