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.

 

Watch “There Must Be Life Off The Earth” on YouTube
June 8, 2018

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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Lunar Modules Are Not Like Spiders Anymore
September 19, 2015

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I am officially voicing my support for asking space journalists to cease and desist from likening lunar landing craft to spiders. In the late fifties and early sixties they may have looked remotely like twisted versions of arachnids. Now, peeps, come on–they look like lunar-landers. Let’s look at why: first, it’s cultural and linguistic; lunar-landers have been on paper in sci-fi pulp magazines since the forties–and in blueprints & in the form of mock-ups since the fifties; and we had real ones from the sixties onward-which flew in space and went to the moon! Second, it’s mental: lunar-landers are a real fixture of the public mind and are so unique an artifact that they have earned their place in our cognition as a source item to be likened to, instead of being an oddity to have some other thing held up to identify them. They aren’t novel, anymore–so they don’t need the help of animal similarities. Finally–thirdly and furthermore, spiders have eight legs, not four or five, are oblong, and possess a low center of gravity. They are squat, not tall and ungainly, and they have legs that protrude from low center points–not from vertical attachment spots that look like ladders. The comparison was original and helpful, once; it’s not, any more. It’s silly, illogical, misleading, and cliche.

Who’s with me?

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