Archive for the ‘Spaceflight’ Category

Life “Out There” And Here
June 21, 2018

The kind of thing I love to learn about – because it is humbling and awe-inspiring, but which also begs the question Peter Gabriel asked: Why are we not more interested in the intelligent life beyond our own species that’s here on Earth? And if you think we are, you are technically right, but spiritually? The way we treat the rest of life on Earth, I would say our interest is largely exploitative, and that’s not the kind of interest I am talking about, because if it qualifies under the same heading as “interest”, life out there should be damn glad light years separate us – and we had better be glad life such as ours, out there, cannot reach us.

 

Astro Nicole Remembers Alan Bean
May 27, 2018

@Astro_Nicole’s Remembers Astronaut And Artist Alan Bean, who passed away, today.

Ling live the memory of a kind artist, astronaut, pilot and engineer.

 

No AG Module? The Aldrin Cycler, of Course!
April 3, 2018

Zero G Ruining Your Astronauts? No AG Module? The Aldrin Cycler, of Course! of COURSE!
After all my yammering about the importance of an AG Module en route to Mars (and beyond), why had no one among my aerospace-aficionado-friends reminded – or informed – me that the Aldrin Cycler could all but eliminate the need for an AG Module as it cuts the transit time to the Mars System to 5 months in the shortest windows? Now, of course, all spacecraft that can be afforded to include an AG Module would – naturally – be much more humane and healthier for deep space-traveling astronauts, especially if they are to be frequent flyers over the course of their careers, but technically speaking 5 months to Mars is a lot shorter than 9. This all said, We can safely venture a guess neither NASA nor SpaceX is going to send astronauts via the Aldrin Cycler method to Mars for a first mission – if at all, because of financial concerns, but this is really the way to do it, from my perspective. And THIS ALL SAID, I still think we should not be building deep space modules without and AG Module. We don’t build cars, trains, buses, ships or airliners on the safety-cheap; why should we do it with spacecraft – where, of course, the argument for such makes one look like a sociopath.

No AG Module? The Aldrin Cycler, of Course!
February 13, 2018

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Zero G Ruining Your Astronauts? No AG Module? The Aldrin Cycler, of Course! of COURSE!
After all my yammering about the importance of an Artificial Gravity (AG) Module en route to Mars (and beyond) ㅡ on Facebook and You Tube – why had no one among my aerospace-aficionado-friends reminded ㅡ or informed ㅡ me that the Aldrin Cycler could all but eliminate the need for an AG Module as it cuts the transit time to the Mars System to 5 months in the shortest windows?
Now, of course, all spacecraft that can be afforded to include an AG Module would ㅡ naturally ㅡ be much more humane and healthier for deep space-traveling astronauts, especially if they are to be frequent flyers over the course of their careers, but technically speaking 5 months to Mars is a lot shorter than 9 ㅡ thus further justifying a lack of an AG Module if necessary.
Now, of course, all spacecraft that can be afforded to include an AG Module would ㅡ naturally ㅡ be much more humane and healthier for deep space-traveling astronauts, especially if they are to be frequent flyers over the course of their careers, but technically speaking 5 months to Mars is a lot shorter than 9 ㅡ thus further justifying a lack of an AG Module if necessary.
That said, We can safely venture a guess that neither NASA nor SpaceX is going to send astronauts via the Aldrin Cycler method to Mars for a first mission ㅡ if at all, because of political, financial and technical concerns, but this is really the way to do it, from my perspective. And This all said, I still think we should not be building deep space modules without an AG Module. We don’t build cars, trains, buses, ocean ships or airliners on the safety-cheap ㅡ so why should we do it with spacecraft – where, of course, the argument for such makes one look like a sociopath.

WOKLDE

Artwork: Astro Carl ©Carl Atteniese 2018

Photo of Buzz Aldrin: Reddit

Cycler Diagram: Mars for Many (and of course, the amazing Dr. Buzz Aldrin)

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Statement on Shuttle And Hubble
February 6, 2018

The greatest achievement the Shuttle program managed, was the deployment, saving and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope. Of course, the construction, transportation and deployment and building of the ISS was a monumental achievement with benefits to humanity blossoming each day, but regardless its existence and utility, we would be in the dark about much bigger issues without the Hubble. In fact ー short of a world-culture-shocking chemical, physical or otherwise artifactual discovery via human or robotic exploration on another celestial body, the discoveries made and yet to beーabout and in space by other meansーare to be dwarfed by those of the Hubble.

© Carl Atteniese 2018

Photo of space Shuttle and Hubble on during the first Hubble servicing mission in which new lenses were installed to correct of a grinding error in the  flown Hubble lens.

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