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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Nobunaga on Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:13 pm

Woodruff wrote:
Juan_Bottom wrote:http://applicants.mars-one.com/

Apply within.


Unfortunately, it will never take off. I am sadly completely convinced that this is either a scam (as they take in funding) or a very misguided plan (as their timeline and such is not very sound).

That being said, my wife and I have applied.


Hope you win, Woody! I'll see you off! ;)
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Nobunaga on Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:27 pm

Three necessary reads to make this trip:

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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby BigBallinStalin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:21 pm

What about something like Heinlein's catapult from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress?
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Lootifer on Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:21 pm

Old Mans War is amazaballs (and really easy to read/light sci-fi - unlike PK Dick, good luck with that haha)

(I do love PK Dick though).
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby BigBallinStalin on Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:22 pm

Why would anyone want to go to Mars?

I'd let the first 1000 people try, see how many survive, and then maybe go.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby tzor on Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:33 pm

TA1LGUNN3R wrote:What is a space elevator exactly? Is it any different than building constructs at the Lagrangian points?


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Note that if you really want to go overboard you locate the -1 G point on the elevator and start building sideways. With a few elevators in place you could easily build a habitation ring around the earth with the earth always being directly above you in the habitation ring. It would be interesting to see where that point would like in relation to the magnetic lines of the earth.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby TA1LGUNN3R on Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:51 am

BigBallinStalin wrote:What about something like Heinlein's catapult from The Moon is a Harsh Mistress?


Yeah I thought that was a pretty cool idea. Don't know of its actual feasibility, but it sounded plausible to me.

For those who don't know, one of the characters in the book proposes building long catapults on a tall mountain range where stuff is launched horizontally at escape velocity (think like shooting it from a rifle), since you don't actually have to shoot things straight up. Something at escape velocity in any direction will escape provided nothing is in the way. I don't remember the propulsive methods in the book. After that it's just a matter of timing the launches such that they intercept the moon orbital path.

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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby TA1LGUNN3R on Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:54 am

tzor wrote:
TA1LGUNN3R wrote:What is a space elevator exactly? Is it any different than building constructs at the Lagrangian points?


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Note that if you really want to go overboard you locate the -1 G point on the elevator and start building sideways. With a few elevators in place you could easily build a habitation ring around the earth with the earth always being directly above you in the habitation ring. It would be interesting to see where that point would like in relation to the magnetic lines of the earth.


Somehow that picture doesn't look right. How far out is the counterweight that its CoM is so far away from the Earth? The Moon-Earth CoM is something like 1000 miles below Earth's surface (and I assume that we can't build anything rivaling the Moon's mass).

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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby john9blue on Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:02 am

not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but i recall hearing that the candidates will be chosen by an online vote.

if this is true then the project will almost definitely fail.

sometimes *gasp* democracy is NOT the answer!
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Postby 2dimes on Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:27 am

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2dimes wrote:The fact that it has not returned to the moon probably is due to a reason.


Yes there was never a reason to do so. We only went to the Moon for two reasons; to really prove ICBM technology and to keep the Soviets from getting there first and doing nuclear testing on the dark side of the moon. Real space exploration was never an issue. Real space exploration wanted to build an orbiting station first and go from there.

Besides there was only one person in the entire history of US space flight; George M Lowe. Before him we had the disaster that was Apollo 1, After he left to become President of R.P.I. NASA slowly went to hell in a hand basket. We settled on near orbit stations that could be supplied by a shuttle that could only get to near earth orbit.

Or it's too expensive.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby NoSurvivors on Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:25 am

tzor wrote:
TA1LGUNN3R wrote:What is a space elevator exactly? Is it any different than building constructs at the Lagrangian points?


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Note that if you really want to go overboard you locate the -1 G point on the elevator and start building sideways. With a few elevators in place you could easily build a habitation ring around the earth with the earth always being directly above you in the habitation ring. It would be interesting to see where that point would like in relation to the magnetic lines of the earth.


Not.... possible... I don't think.. lol. Not very efficient wither.. Plus it would be weird as shit.. "Mommy mommy, whats THAT star?"
"Well son, its a giant elevator in the sky...."

I smell another tooth fairy type thing coming on..
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Woodruff on Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:58 am

Nobunaga wrote:Three necessary reads to make this trip:

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I'm 2/3ds of the way there then. I've never heard of the first one by Dick, but I've read the other two (I'm not much of a Bova fan, and didn't care for that one).
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Juan_Bottom on Thu May 09, 2013 9:48 pm

http://www.inspirationmars.org/

In 2018, the planets will literally align, offering a unique orbit opportunity to travel to Mars and back to Earth in only 501 days. Inspiration Mars is committed to sending a two-person American crew – a man and a woman – on an historic journey to fly within 100 miles around the Red Planet and return to Earth safely.

The mission’s target launch date is Jan. 5, 2018. This exceptionally quick, free-return orbit opportunity occurs twice every 15 years. After 2018, the next opportunity won’t occur again until 2031. The mission will provide a platform for unprecedented science, engineering and education opportunities, using state-of-the-art technologies derived from NASA and the International Space Station. It will be financed primarily through philanthropic donations, with some potential support from government sources.


This mission will be a flyby passing within 100 miles of the surface of Mars. Additional maneuvers will be minor course corrections only, using the gravitational influence of Mars to “slingshot” the vehicle onto a return course to Earth. An inflatable habitat module will be deployed after launch and detached prior to re-entry.


So to re-cap

NASA wants to go to Mars in 2031, China plans to go there in 2040, and Russia will be ready by 2021. But Mars One and Inspiration Mars are being put together by enthusiastic space-heads.

http://www.marsinitiative.org/
^ Will pay the first entity that lands on Mars with the intention of colonization with everything in it's coffers.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Woodruff on Fri May 10, 2013 2:17 pm

Juan_Bottom wrote:NASA wants to go to Mars in 2031, China plans to go there in 2040, and Russia will be ready by 2021. But Mars One and Inspiration Mars are being put together by enthusiastic space-heads.


Bush wanted us there earlier than 2021 (via the Moon first). Obama has further restricted that by essentially gutting the Constellation program.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby MegaProphet on Fri May 10, 2013 2:21 pm

What are the benefits of a flyby mission? Is there anything to be learned from one?
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby thegreekdog on Fri May 10, 2013 2:38 pm

Woodruff wrote:
Juan_Bottom wrote:NASA wants to go to Mars in 2031, China plans to go there in 2040, and Russia will be ready by 2021. But Mars One and Inspiration Mars are being put together by enthusiastic space-heads.


Bush wanted us there earlier than 2021 (via the Moon first). Obama has further restricted that by essentially gutting the Constellation program.


Goddamn Obama! Always cutting government budgets! We need to go back to that big government guy - Bush.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Woodruff on Fri May 10, 2013 5:11 pm

MegaProphet wrote:What are the benefits of a flyby mission? Is there anything to be learned from one?


Of Mars? We were doing that in the 1960s.

We've got four rovers (two actually active) on Mars now, if I remember correctly.

Heck, we've got two probes who are well outside of our Solar System now and travelling at about a million miles per day. Pretty soon one of them will crash into an alien space probe and we'll need the Enterprise to get out there and save us.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Woodruff on Fri May 10, 2013 5:13 pm

thegreekdog wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
Juan_Bottom wrote:NASA wants to go to Mars in 2031, China plans to go there in 2040, and Russia will be ready by 2021. But Mars One and Inspiration Mars are being put together by enthusiastic space-heads.


Bush wanted us there earlier than 2021 (via the Moon first). Obama has further restricted that by essentially gutting the Constellation program.


Goddamn Obama! Always cutting government budgets! We need to go back to that big government guy - Bush.


The NASA budget for getting to Mars was almost negligible. Aside from that though, I am a firm believer that the benefits of space exploration far outweight the meager costs.

Really pisses me off.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Juan_Bottom on Fri May 10, 2013 7:30 pm

MegaProphet wrote:What are the benefits of a flyby mission? Is there anything to be learned from one?


Absolutely. All the technology to do it has yet to be invented.

But! we do have a firm grasp on how to do everything, we just need the capital to start. I mean-uh, if we could just get funding of a trillion dollars, we could terraform Mars in about 100 years. How cool would that be?
I know.... a trillion dollars sounds like a lot of money when everybody is poor and there's wars and stuff. But is it really a lot of money to buy a second Earth?
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby MegaProphet on Fri May 10, 2013 8:43 pm

Woodruff wrote:
MegaProphet wrote:What are the benefits of a flyby mission? Is there anything to be learned from one?


Of Mars? We were doing that in the 1960s.

We've got four rovers (two actually active) on Mars now, if I remember correctly.

Heck, we've got two probes who are well outside of our Solar System now and travelling at about a million miles per day. Pretty soon one of them will crash into an alien space probe and we'll need the Enterprise to get out there and save us.

I guess what I'm saying is will having two humans fly around the planet without landing give a better opportunity to learn than the rovers can offer? I just don't see the point of sending humans if they aren't going to land and start the terraforming process
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Woodruff on Fri May 10, 2013 10:40 pm

Juan_Bottom wrote:
MegaProphet wrote:What are the benefits of a flyby mission? Is there anything to be learned from one?


Absolutely. All the technology to do it has yet to be invented.


Of Mars? Are we talking about something else, because I'm getting a little confused by this.

Juan_Bottom wrote:But! we do have a firm grasp on how to do everything, we just need the capital to start. I mean-uh, if we could just get funding of a trillion dollars, we could terraform Mars in about 100 years. How cool would that be?
I know.... a trillion dollars sounds like a lot of money when everybody is poor and there's wars and stuff. But is it really a lot of money to buy a second Earth?


There is a type of mossy stuff, if I remember correctly, that scientists believe could thrive on Mars, actually ("thrive" relatively speaking, of course). It's output is high in oxygen, and it doesn't need a tremendous amount of carbon dioxide to get by. It could be an important part of the process.
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Re: We're going to Mars

Postby Woodruff on Fri May 10, 2013 10:42 pm

MegaProphet wrote:
Woodruff wrote:
MegaProphet wrote:What are the benefits of a flyby mission? Is there anything to be learned from one?


Of Mars? We were doing that in the 1960s.

We've got four rovers (two actually active) on Mars now, if I remember correctly.

Heck, we've got two probes who are well outside of our Solar System now and travelling at about a million miles per day. Pretty soon one of them will crash into an alien space probe and we'll need the Enterprise to get out there and save us.


I guess what I'm saying is will having two humans fly around the planet without landing give a better opportunity to learn than the rovers can offer?


Oh, I got you. I took "flyby" as meaning an unmanned probe. My bad. About the only thing a manned flyby mission might gain us would be perhaps a better understanding of "the journey itself". I don't think it would aid in any information as far as Mars itself is concerned.

MegaProphet wrote:I just don't see the point of sending humans if they aren't going to land and start the terraforming process


Terraforming isn't necessarily the first step, however. I do agree with you that there probably isn't too much of a point if we're not going to land and begin the colonization process.
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