The US has two options for getting to Mars within the next decade and a half with the ambitious plans from SpaceX and the more risk adverse plans of NASA. Both Russia and China also have some plans for Mars and have design work underway to build large rockets to support missions to Mars and to the Moon.
Mars and Antarctica have a lot of similarities when it comes to the difficulties that both places have for human settlement. This article looks at how we occupied Antarctica and what we might learn from that when it comes to sending humans to Mars.
The International Space Station is due for retirement from 2024 when no one has yet committed any funds for its continued use. This articles reviews what options might then be available after 2024 to replace the current functions.
We did a bit of thinking about astrosociology and considered how the future of space will be under different scenarios of cooperation between the US, Russia and China.
With all the talk of going back to the moon, we thought it’d be good to recap on who is doing what in the coming years about returning to the Moon.