To reduce the total amount of space debris in the atmosphere, there are two logical things we can do: Preventing the creation of further space debris (growth mitigation) Removing current space debris (disposal) Before we begin however, look at this animated GIF demonstrating the impact implementation of space debris mitigation can have: Regulation International: The … Continue reading Space Debris Solutions- Part 1
This will be a really small post comparing the climate change and space debris problems. Please stay tuned for a) A detailed description of the solutions to the space debris problem, and b) Part 2 of the Mars shelter series. If you were to actually spend time thinking about the space debris problem, and … Continue reading Space debris and climate change
Since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, we have launched into space 6,600 satellites, out of which 2000 are now space debris, 3600 are useless, but still in orbit, while the other 1000 are operational. After running out of their utility, a very small fraction of these satellites are ever recovered back to Earth. … Continue reading Analysing the space debris problem
If astronauts are to live on Mars for an extended period, and if humans are to establish a permanent settlement there, then a viable shelter is absolutely essential. Various scientists and agencies have experimented with various types of shelter designs, and there is now almost a consensus that a good home on Mars must have … Continue reading What makes a good Martian shelter? (Part 1)
The problem with money and Mars is that the estimated money for a Mars mission seems to quickly spiral out of control. NASA estimated the cost per person during the Bush administration to be about $100 billion per seat. However, Elon Musk wants to take people to Mars for the cost of a house, and … Continue reading Is going to Mars cost-effective?
This will be a post series and I will try to cover all the interesting things about Mars exploration. Mars. We are going there. The future of space exploration is not dating craters on the Moon.