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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3D printing in concrete

An evening pause: How things will be built and manufactured in the future, on Earth and in space, though in space they probably won’t use concrete.

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2 comments

  • Kelly Starks

    Actually they might use concrete. McDonnel Douglas and the Shimizu corporation worked up some lunar base ideas ( http://www.shimz.co.jp/english/theme/dream/moonbase.html ), and did testing on a new concept to cast concrete made out of lunar soil in a vacume. Worked great and the Lunar soil made the best concrete they ever saw. [Course the moons pretty dry, but water is common in near Earth space.]

  • Kelly Starks

    I wonder if you could use liquid metal? Say melt the highly pure nickle Iron of a asteroid, and pump it outto lay it up to form a station or colony platform.

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