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Let’s Colonise the Solar System

This is a copy of a post I made for my first imgur cakeday (which means the first anniversary of joining imgur). Reproduced here for archiving purposes. It’s my first cakeday! At least, it was last week. So in honour

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Posted in Luna, Mars, Space

Funding Mars exploration

NASA’s predicament regarding Mars is that the agency simply doesn’t have sufficient funds for a Mars program, despite enthusiasm within the agency for Mars. Although NASA continues to report that they are on the road to Mars, and are aiming to

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Renaming the Martian Moons

The idea of renaming Mars’ moons arose whilst I was thinking of names for sols of the week for the Utopian Calendar. Just as on Earth we have one day of the week named for the Moon (“Monday” in English),

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Aquaponics on Mars

There’s currently an exciting competition underway called the Mars City Design Competition. Teams are invited to submit designs for a future Martian city capable of supporting “several tens of thousands” of residents. The Mars Settlement Research Organisation (a Facebook group

Posted in Food, Mars

Dragon capsules

The current version of the SpaceX Dragon capsules, including the one that historically became the first commercial spacecraft to dock with the ISS, are designed to splash down in water, like those used in NASA’s Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs

Posted in IMRS, Mars, Space

In Situ Air Production (ISAP) for Mars

The primary constituents of the Martian atmosphere are carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar), whereas Earth’s are mainly N2, oxygen (O2) and Ar. Therefore, all the elements required to make breathable, Earth-like air are available in Martian air.

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Atmosphere design for the surface of Mars

The Hab The advantages of a normal Earthian atmosphere apply equally well to the Hab as they do to the ISS and other spacecraft. However, there are several compelling reasons for a reduced atmospheric pressure for the Hab: Lower Hab

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