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Lenny1985
Lenny1985
12/7/2016 1:58:47 PM
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Space travel to Mars
I agree with the idea of using robots to explore space and I agree with MClayton belief that humans are unnecessary to space exploration and to accommodate their frail bodies adds needles expense to the mission to Mars. LJB

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MClayton
MClayton
10/8/2015 7:52:57 PM
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Re: exploring ourselves
Fully support robotic missions to anyplace in universe, including robotic mining of near asteroids for platinum as planned by private folks over next few years.

But humans are NOT NECESSARY for space exploration, and very costly to protect in my opinion.  But then, I am an engineer not a scientist.   Look at CERN costs per great discovery and that's on earth.  Cost matters.  If private companies want to do this, fine, its there money...hopefully.  

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etnapowers
etnapowers
9/29/2015 10:28:59 AM
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exploring ourselves
"As astronaut Doug Wheelock once told me regarding why we go to explore space, and I paraphrase: It's not the destination; it's the journey in between where we will learn about ourselves, develop new technologies and enhance our lives on Earth with our exciting discoveries"

 

Steve, thank you for this interesting blog, I fully agree with this vision of space exploration, and i think that it is the real added value of this activity. I think it applies to many aspects of engineering: many times when an engineer develops a new technology for a final customer, he discovers many important aspects to achieve a real unexpected innovation. As an example let's think to MEMS: in a initial phase these systems were only simple sensors, later the IOT technology started from the smart sensors, to achieve smart complex systems based on MEMS.

 

 

 

 

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steve.taranovich
steve.taranovich
9/28/2015 8:17:30 PM
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Re: Very interesting
@nonford150---Sleeping position will be simular to the Space Station. Orion's seats will be removed after leaving Earth's atmosphere making room to move around in Zero-G. There will likely be hammock-type beds with velcro straps to keep sleeping astronauts in place.

Space has no "up" or "down," but it does have microgravity. As a result, astronauts are weightless and can sleep in any orientation. However, they have to attach themselves so they don't float around and bump into something. Space station crews usually sleep in sleeping bags located in small crew cabins. Each crew cabin is just big enough for one person.

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nonford150
nonford150
9/28/2015 2:03:03 PM
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Very interesting
Great you were able to experience this! Thinking about Apollo, Shuttle, and ISS, the living space conditions are more suited for mission timeframes. Spending 9 months in a small space is certainly not for the claustrophobic. Is the sleeping position the same as the takeoff position?

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ScribCore
ScribCore
9/27/2015 7:51:13 PM
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Space...
I notice that your article includes space exploration as a means to determine the origin of mankind. While I'm in favor of making exciting discoveries in the physcial sciences, I don't think we need to go to Mars to answer the question of origin.

 

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