Last week, at a NASA Planetary Science Division (PSD) workshop, Jim Green, the PSD’s director, gave a brief lecture that raised more than a few eyebrows. Mostly because what it suggested was (a) very science fictiony-sounding and (b) not totally impossible.
The latest news about why maybe we don’t want to spend too much time in microgravity is out, and the answer’s pretty awful: potential blindness. Even if we’re not 100% on the mechanism just yet — fluid buildup, yes, but what kind of fluid? — the obvious answer is artificial gravity. The problem though? You guessed it: cash.
Yesterday, Elon Musk played to a packed room at IAC2016 to explain how, in his terms, Humanity is going to become a “multiplanetary species.” The long and short of it: by thinking big. Musk framed the […]
Ray Kurweil, Futurist | Photo: Ed Schipul, CC BY-SA 2.0 *** Elle sent me this article yesterday by Matt Novak over at Gizmodo’s Paleofuture blog. It’s called “Ray Kurzweil Is Talking Bullshit Again,” and it argues […]
Photo: NASA It’s an interesting question that’s being asked more and more these days: what happens when the International Space Station is too old to use? Originally designed to run only through 2020, two years […]
Photo: “Me and Haldane,” by Sage Ross, CC BY-SA 2.0 *** I’ve written about J. B. S. Haldane here before, mainly because of his astounding prescience in the book Daedalus, or, Science and the Future. […]
Image: NASA *** It’s probably coming sooner than you think: private companies headed out to space to grab what resources they can in our solar system’s wild wild west. But it may not be coming […]
They’d be like these, but standardized | Photo: Joseph Elsbernd, CC BY-SA 2.0 Elle is off this week (sorry!) so I’m filling in with a not-Feminist Friday post because something caught my mayfly-lifespan of an attention span […]
SpaceX just did something nobody has ever done before. In an absolutely spectacular launch on the winter solstice, the company not only returned to flight after a half-year hiatus, they did so in style, for […]
This morning everybody and their dog is reporting on the achievement of Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin rocket company, but they’re doing it wrong. *** “Jeff Bezos beats Elon Musk’s SpaceX in the reusable rocket race” […]