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10-07-2017, 03:05   #31
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and science fiction
Precursor sometimes to science.
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10-07-2017, 14:40   #32
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very much so.

I can still remember the title of the first SCI FI book I ever read as a 8 year old.

"Kemlo and the Gravity Rays
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10-07-2017, 17:30   #33
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Jules Verne. Wrote science fiction. Fictional fantasies. Inspiring future quests. In plays and films. Encouraging others to experiment with reality.
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first men in the moon etc, great story teller.
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Many Mars sci fi movies. Popular topic beginning with 1924 silent film Aelita to 2017 The Space Between Us.
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I like thae Gary Sinese film but forgotten the title. ( Mission to Mars?) The Martian from a few months back is pretty good too.

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Spacex are hoping to send a probe to Mars in 2020, using their Falcon Heavy boosters, and their first cargo mission to mars in 2024 with the first human mission 2 years later.

They've developed the 'interplanetary transport system' concept which will be launched and then refueled in orbit using a re-usable booster

http://www.spacex.com/mars

watch the video. It's ridiculously ambitious but also ridiculously cool
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SpaceX plans to generate methane on Mars for fuel.
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SpaceX plans to generate methane on Mars for fuel.
could feed the crew on sprouts
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SpaceX envisions self-sustaining Mars city. Plans Interplanetary Transport System between Earth and Mars.

NASA has similar plans as SpaceX to generate fuel:


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wonder if going right to asteroids would be easier for fuel manufacture, but I doubt if I will be alive to find out as it is too far in the future.
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Thanks to corporate welfare NASA have officially given up on Mars anytime soon. But that's good because some senators will get re-elected. And the money could have been wasted on healthcare or education instead of completely wasted on re-inventing off the shelf 1960's hardware, badly.

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Essentially, the SLS rocket and Orion craft have cost the agency a lot. As a result, NASA hasn’t even been able to begin designing vehicles to land on Mars or ascend from the surface.
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Discouraging report. Surprised that NASA still exists. Republicans want cuts. To allow for massive tax cuts for rich. Doubtful SpaceX, et al, will transport humans by 2020. Or years after. Research follows money. Including aerospace research.
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