Category: Mars

The First Operational Inflatable Spacecraft is Working!

Last week, NASA inflated the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) that was flown to the International Space Station on board a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on April 8th. After an aborted attempt to inflate it […]

The New Space Race: Elon Musk Will Beat Everyone to Mars

A few weeks ago, Elon Musk announced his ambitious plan to have SpaceX send an unmanned Red Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018. Yesterday, he upped the ante, saying that he anticipates sending the first […]

More Evidence that Comets Delivered Life-Enabling Chemicals to Earth

Scientists analyzing the halo of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet found that it contains glycine and phosphorous, two of the essential materials necessary for life to form. This discovery further supports the theory that it was comets and […]

Mars Space Station in the Works

A manned mission to Mars was once the stuff of science fiction, now it is the equivalent of this generation’s Apollo Program. It will take a Herculean effort to send astronauts on a journey of hundreds of […]

SpaceX to Mars in 2018!

Yesterday, SpaceX announced plans to send an unmanned capsule to Mars – in 2018! Company CEO Elon Musk has long had a vision of establishing a permanent manned presence on the Red Planet and this planned […]

ESA’s Moon Base and How it Gets Us to Mars

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently formalized plans to send missions to the moon beginning in the early 2020s, with manned missions following by the middle of the decade. By 2030, they hope to have […]

Goodbye Planetary Rovers – Hello ‘Hopters’

On July 4th, 1997, the Sojourner rover touched down on Mars as a part of the Mars Pathfinder mission. It proceeded to send back an amazing array of imagery of the Martian landscape that captivated […]

The Key to Getting to Mars: Balloons

Okay, not balloons, exactly, but the next closest thing: inflatable habitation modules. With existing technology, the planned travel time to Mars is about six months. That’s a lot of time cooped up in a small […]

Technology: Movies Getting it Right – And Wrong: The Martian

Being a techie I really enjoy science fiction movies. What ruins one for me is a technical inconsistency or failure to get a technology correct. This post is my second in a series on the subject […]

3-D Printing: Can it Enable Space Colonization?

You’re a space colonist. You’ve just embarked on a one-year journey to Jupiter’s moon Europa. It’s the adventure of a lifetime, you aspired to this, you trained for it, you got up the nerve to […]