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8-zone model of the Solar System

Solar System settlement zones

UPDATE 2019-03-09. I changed the number of zones from 7 to 8, separating the Sun from Mercury and Venus, as I felt that these are really distinct settlement zones since the Sun and the space near it probably can’t or

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The Solar System

Solar System

This is a longish chapter, but one that I hope readers will find interesting and educational. We’ll review the structure of the Solar System, along with the meanings of the different terms used to categorize the various objects it contains.

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Why space settlement?

Kalpana space station

Why are we particularly interested in space settlement, rather than simply space exploration, or even just the development of space industry? What are the benefits of actually living there? Abundant resources Space represents an unlimited supply of valuable resources, including

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Why space?

This is a chapter from a possible future book about building a city on Mars. Please let me know what you think in the comments, or by email. Thanks! All civilizations become either spacefaring or extinct. — Carl Sagan The

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Let’s Colonise the Solar System

Mars

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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Safety in Space Settlements

Travelling to Luna and Mars, and building and living in settlements there, will be dangerous. NASA and other space agencies have strict safety requirements for human-rated missions. However, when we are talking about a settlement to be populated by civilians,

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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

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Why “Tiw”?

“Tiw” is the old English name for the god Mars; or, at least, Tiw was the equivalent in Norse mythology of the Roman god Mars. Why not “Ares”? Firstly, so many programs and vehicles have been named “Ares” now, in both

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The Tiw Program

The Tiw program is the name of an ambitious H2M (Humans to Mars) program loosely based on the Apollo program, which I hope to develop and explain on this blog. See: Why “Tiw”? if you’re curious about the name. Here’s a mistake that

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Definition of a Planet

(I wrote this article back in 2007. It was written in response to the astronomical debate the previous year, which resulted in the IAU "demoting" Pluto to a dwarf planet. While that in itself did not bother me too much, the definition of a planet that

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