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SPACE TAXIS: NEXT STOP MARS?
Discovery News ^ | 05/21/12 | Irene Klotz

Posted on 05/21/2012 7:01:31 PM PDT by KevinDavis

Privately owned Space Exploration Technologies is poised to make a test run to the International Space Station early Tuesday, but visiting the orbital outpost is just the beginning of the company's grand plan to give humanity a toehold on Mars.

"Our goal is to revolutionize space transport, so we'll be doing every kind of space transport, except for suborbital. We'll launch satellites of all shapes and sizes, service the space station with cargo and crew, and then the long-term objective is to develop a space transport system that will enable humanity to become a multi-planet species," company founder and chief executive officer Elon Musk said in an interview with SpaceflightNow.com.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: mars; space
What wimp.. He should go for Alpha Centauri..
1 posted on 05/21/2012 7:01:36 PM PDT by KevinDavis
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To: Jack Hydrazine; ELS; ToxicMich; paintriot; Cronos; A_perfect_lady; Art in Idaho; perplyone; ...

2 posted on 05/21/2012 7:02:40 PM PDT by KevinDavis (The birther movement was started by a 9/11 truther..)
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To: KevinDavis

Watch that meter...


3 posted on 05/21/2012 7:05:29 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: KevinDavis

Dude, we don’t have anything to keep us alive/asleep long enough to get there.


4 posted on 05/21/2012 7:06:30 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: KevinDavis

Bring back the Deadelus project.


5 posted on 05/21/2012 7:07:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: KevinDavis

Corporations and PRIVATE companies exploiting space???? How will we control them?? They’ll steal all the space!!!/s


6 posted on 05/21/2012 7:11:14 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: KevinDavis

I already feel like I’ve been living on Mars for the past 25 years.


7 posted on 05/21/2012 7:11:42 PM PDT by bramps
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To: KevinDavis
I hear that the frost on Valles Marineris is beautiful this time of year.


8 posted on 05/21/2012 7:13:21 PM PDT by garjog
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To: garjog

Some day...


9 posted on 05/21/2012 7:14:44 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: Dallas59
"Corporations and PRIVATE companies exploiting space???? How will we control them?? They’ll steal all the space"

Well that is easy. The UN must pass a treaty declaring that no one can own Martian land or mineral rights. The entire planet must be preserved as an international sanctuary to prevent it from being exploited for profit.

It would be wrong to disturb the pristine environment of Mars and disrupt the natural evolution of that planet.


10 posted on 05/21/2012 7:22:45 PM PDT by garjog
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To: KevinDavis
Smile
11 posted on 05/21/2012 7:23:06 PM PDT by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: KevinDavis
We've been to Mars already, at least according to Sheila Jackass Lee, ((DEMOCRAT)) from Texas...


Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of the U.S. House
of Representatives
from Texas's 18th district

On a visit to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2005, Jackson Lee made embarrassing news by asking if the Mars Pathfinder had taken an image of the flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong.[2]

Prior to the 110th Congress, Jackson Lee served on the House Science Committee and on the Subcommittee that oversees space policy and NASA.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Jackson_Lee#Political_career

12 posted on 05/21/2012 7:29:11 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: KevinDavis
What wimp.. He should go for Alpha Centauri..

Mrs. FD and I continue to discuss why they didn't space or at least strand Dr. Smith.

13 posted on 05/21/2012 7:31:10 PM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: bramps

Not since 73 like Sam Tyler. Couldn’t resist. LOM and A2A are favorites of mine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIMP6-KBSCs


14 posted on 05/21/2012 7:31:15 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: bramps

Not since 73 like Sam Tyler. Couldn’t resist. LOM and A2A are favorites of mine.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIMP6-KBSCs


15 posted on 05/21/2012 7:31:29 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: ETL
Sheila Jackson Lee redefines slow-witted.
16 posted on 05/21/2012 7:32:02 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: garjog

Gene Hunt will be needed to keep all the exploiters of space honest or sort of anyway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9unL2Jfj__U


17 posted on 05/21/2012 7:33:16 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: KevinDavis

There are serious problems to human space travel.

Radiation is dangerous, not to mention that the vacuum and cold of space is a tad inhospitable.

Also, the costs to create livable space ships and bases are rather high.

But, a solution could be Robot Avatars with high definition sensory interface with human operators.

This way you could explore the surface of the moon or other planets without danger and experience it as if you were there.

Even the sense of touch could be replicated and the interface could be linked directly to your thoughts by brain wave reading devices.

But, the time it takes to send radio signals from earth to Mars and back is 14 minutes (unless sending signals through quantum time travel is developed).

So, even with avatars we would need some kind of hospital base on the surface or in orbit.

Create a comfortable domed city, then use robot avatars to explore.

See:”Robotic Avatars —Are They the Future of Space Exploration?” http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/10/are-robotic-avatars-the-future-of-space-exploration.html


18 posted on 05/21/2012 7:37:08 PM PDT by garjog
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Space tourism on Mars would be nice.

The Olympus Mons peak is 14 miles high!


19 posted on 05/21/2012 7:54:39 PM PDT by garjog
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To: ETL

Holy crap I remember that. Is that beyond the beyond in pathetic or what? Subcommittee that oversees space policy and NASA. Hey it could have been worse, she could have said the flag planted by Louis Armstrong. Freakin’ libs. That is *almost* as pathetic as when they put Jamie Gorelick on the 911 commission. “Why did 911 happen?” Look in the mirror bitch.


20 posted on 05/21/2012 7:59:43 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: KevinDavis

A more fitting and factual title would have been:

NEXT STOP: Automatic Shutdown and Mission Scrub,
(Due to faulty valve not detected by anyone until seconds before blastoff!)/S

Everything appears normal at NASA. SNAFU!


21 posted on 05/21/2012 8:01:52 PM PDT by Tucker39 ( Psa 68:19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits; even the God of our salvation.KJV)
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To: garjog
How Olympus Mons Compares to Everest and Earth’s largest volcano Mauna Kea (Hawaii)

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22 posted on 05/21/2012 8:07:28 PM PDT by garjog
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To: freedumb2003

If you’re ever in New York, there’s a bench in Central Park dedicated to Guy Williams (Prof John Robinson). It’s behind the statue of Columbus. I mention it because I was just by there recently.


23 posted on 05/21/2012 8:39:22 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: freedumb2003

I have ask myself that same question


24 posted on 05/21/2012 10:46:55 PM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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Thanks KevinDavis. An “extra, extra” ping to the APoD list members.


25 posted on 05/22/2012 2:40:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: freedumb2003
Mrs. FD and I continue to discuss why they didn't space or at least strand Dr. Smith.

My question was pretty much the same. Who wants a pedophile on board?

Oh and, looking at that model, where is the downstairs living space with it's 8 foot ceilings?

The Jupiter 2 was like a TARDIS. Bigger inside than it was outside.

26 posted on 05/22/2012 2:57:32 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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Meh, been there. Done that.

27 posted on 05/22/2012 5:11:13 PM PDT by martin_fierro (Martian Fierro)
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I know it's a day late. But it's funny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CeiPJaHuoQ

28 posted on 05/22/2012 10:27:58 PM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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