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November 22, 2020

A nuclear moon

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:43 am
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Story here.  This makes perfect sense.  You’d never get enough solar power for large scale power generation.  Until we get fusion, a nuclear fission reactor is the only reasonable way to power large scale human development on the Moon and Mars.  (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

November 17, 2020

Elon Musk, garbage man?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 9:59 am
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SpaceX may use its future Starship to clean up orbital debris on its way back and forth to the Moon and Mars. Story here.  Is there anything Elon can’t do? (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

September 13, 2020

I don’t say this enough

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:53 pm
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God bless Elon Musk.  Man, if he didn’t exist, we’d be required to invent him. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


July 30, 2020

Another Mars probe

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:20 pm
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This one a sophisticated NASA effort. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)


July 7, 2020

Green Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:15 pm
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Very interesting. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

June 23, 2020

A helicopter on Mars

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 10:11 am
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This is cool.  Glad to see that we are finally putting an effort into really studying Mars.  Now we just need to get there. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

May 27, 2020

China’s space ambitions

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:45 am
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China is going to Mars.  Frankly, the US has spent the last 10 years on a space exploration vacation.  That needs to end. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 28, 2020

Go SpaceX, Go

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 6:31 am
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Mars or bust. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

March 19, 2020

Percussive maintenance

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:18 pm
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As a last resort, NASA engineers used percussive maintenance to fix their Mars lander.  That is the kind of can do spirit we saw from NASA in the old days. (post in memory of Mike Nofsinger, who would have loved this story so much.)

March 10, 2020

Elon Musk, mad genius

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:24 pm
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Story here.  Whatever else you say about Musk, he gets it. He understands what needs to be done and why it needs to be done now.

In addition, SpaceX just landed its 50th rocket booster.  They first did this in 2015.  Woo would have thought you could successfully pull this off, time and time again, to the point it becomes routine?

(post in memory of Mike Nofsinger)

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