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Why Mars?

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

<p>It's close! Well, relatively speaking. At no time
in history have we had so many technically minded people available to
make these 'dreams' come true. Most of the information we need is
already sitting around in Science Journals, as well as some very well
written Science Fiction. We definitely need a plan, however, and
I think the biggest part of the plan is for common people to get there
before any military presence.</p><p>Going to Mars will be a test in cooperation and independence,
as well as innovation and originality. I forsee moving all heavy
industry to the Martian landscape, allowing us to clean up our own
Earth and using her resources as a 'greenhouse' for cultivating plants
for export to Mars and, eventually, points farther out.</p><p>It is my firm belief that humans will only become extinct as a
species if we allow ourselves to stagnate and continue fighting.
We're almost through our tumultous 'teen' years as a species. If
we manage to survive these times, nothing can stop us.</p>

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Old News

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

But worth mentioning here. NASA is calling for private sector companies to start offering space services. Read more <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7954902/">HERE</a>. This is a big step towards building an industry that will only help us on our push to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

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Powering the Gadgets

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

When one goes pelting off into Space, a source of fuel for all the
little devices necessary is always a good thing to have. Now
researchers say they've built tiny fuel cells that run on propane that
can easily replace regular batteries. Read more <a href="http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20050611/fob7.asp">HERE</a>.<br />

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Long time no blog

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

Sometimes there's just nothing to report.  No new ideas to
share.  No time to spend at the keyboard doing fun stuff. 
But that is over.  Let's continue examining the many different
facets of knowledge that's needed and already available.<br />
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In order to build, we need strong structures.  Read how <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8498621/">Sea Sponges</a>
have already mastered a perfect structure.  These concepts are
already used in buildings today, but the glue features that the sponges
use greatly assist in making their structures, made of glass, extremely
resilient and hard to break.<br />
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Another major concern is power.  How would transport ships and
construction equipment run?  The answer could be inside <a href="http://www.livescience.com/forcesofnature/050303_hot_bubbles.html">tiny bubbles</a>.  Fusion power is still a dream, but it could come true within decades.<br />
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Why would we want to go?  Overcrowding.  New Frontiers. 
Adventure.  I envision perfecting the technology to safely house
humans on Mars, then building the perfect cities there.  Cities
built using power generating waste such as <a href="http://www.livescience.com/technology/050426_hydrogen_waste.html">sewage</a>. 
Using all of the knowledge we've gleaned over the centuries about
healthy work and play environments, mass transit systems and city
management.  <br />
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Once the structures are in place, residents of earth cities could be offered the opportunity to relocate to 'Nuevo
New York', 'Nuevo Mexico', or whatever naming technique is
developed.  The point is, our current cities are deteriorating
from the inside out.  Fixing the problems in some places means
dismantling them entirely, not a viable option at this point.  <br />
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Eventually, Earth could be cleaned up and returned to a more pristine,
garden-like state; useful for growing the many different plant types
that will help make Mars more homelike, and the Martian air inside the
cities much sweeter.  Move the industry to a dead planet where the
by-products of industry can do no damage to an already hostile
environment.  Greenhouse Earth can be used to seed many planetoids
this way.  The planetoids can be used to send products back to
Earth.<br />
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Before I go, here is an amazing link to the <a href="http://www.livescience.com/environment/top10_power_21stcentury.html">Top 10 Energy Sources</a>
currently available or in development.  Some are old-hat, such as
coal.  Others will truly inspire you with their vision.<br />
<br />
Enjoy, and keep the dream alive!<br />

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$16 million magnet

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

And you thought a $6 million dollar man was impressive! <br />
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<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8757149/">More info...</a><br />

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Nano Technology

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

It's come a long way, babies!<br />
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<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8976160/">Nanotubes show their strength.</a><br />
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More technology under the belt to haul along with us.<br />
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A Time Line for Space Colonization

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

Finally!  Someone else also has the vision.  <a href="http://www.spacedev.com/newsite/templates/subpage3.php?pid=139&subNav=11&subSel=1">SpaceDev Company Mission</a><br />
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Let's do this people.<br />
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Portable Packs Generate Energy

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

Imagine this system in a spacesuit?<br />
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<h3><a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9245155/">Backpack generates its own electricity</a></h3>

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Cheers!<br />
Meg<br />

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Space Elevator

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

Not just a fancy sci-fi theory anymore.<br />
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<a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9454786/">This company</a> is working on a prototype and plans on building the first Space Elevator.<br />
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I'm simply excited about how much rocket fuel this WON'T pollute the Earth with!<br />
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NASA

by Gryfon In reply to Countdown to Mars

Wowzers!<br />
<br />
NASA has prize money available for folks who can win their <a href="http://www.space.com/news/050323_centennial_challenge.html">competitions</a>. The information is hidden at the bottom of the link in the previous blog entry, but I thought I'd highlight it again.<br />
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Get off yer duff's, form a space company, and let's start building stuff, folks! ;-)<br />
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