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August 16, 2016 Zimmerman/Batchelor podcast

Embedded below the fold. We discussed the journey of Curiosity of course. I also spent some time elaborating on some of the engineering advantages SpaceX has because of its success at vertically landing its Falcon 9 first stages.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

 
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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4 comments

  • Localfluff

    Red Dragon 2018 would land more mass on Mars than the sum of all other landers on Mars have!

    And if successful, it would prove that astronauts could be landed on Mars. Today. In a Dragon capsule ejected from a larger Earth-Mars transit vehicle. Although NASA claims that it is impossible to land humans on Mars without tens of tons and some huge, yet non-existent, inflatable heat shield. Reality will tell us who understand physics the best. Reality never cheats.

  • Orion314

    As long as NASA remains a politicians lap-dog bitch, it will never improve.

  • Localfluff

    Orion314
    Unless the politician is a space nerd! Newt Gingrich is as close we can get to that, I guess. He’s seriously educated and thoughtful. But he unbelievably said that he wants space solar power beamed down to Earth to replace coal power plants.

    So that pretty much settles it. NASA maybe does better as a lap-dog bitch than being kicked out of the House. A dog has to try to be happy with whatever it gets. And it’s still fed for survival. NASA is still alive. It still has got a chance. Gotta fight to the end.

  • Localfluff

    So this is a very unfair and evil way to sum it up. But it shows how the “space debate” goes around in the presidential elections. Even when a most respected and intelligent candidate tries to bring up the very reasonable idea of building a crewed base on the Moon. In MSM he’s immediately a lunatic.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLjBz5LdRK8

    No, no, there’s nothing in the blackness above your head at night. Don’t worry about those dots, they don’t exist. Nothing to see here.

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