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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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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,

Posted in Space

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

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

Posted in Space

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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The Earth Space Consortium

This is a letter I wrote to the Space Rennaissance Initiative (including Buzz Aldrin) on 2009-02-19: Hi gents The subject of space colonisation has been uppermost in my mind lately, and I think “Renaissance” is the perfect word for the

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