Happy flufie Friday ;) or… happy screenshot-flufie….? :) This was when I was in Norway… I know I have said the many many times. but gosh that really is a beautiful country.. I have always been a nature lover, so it was a perfect place for me, I hope to go there again this summerR

Alternative history/Fictional space project

“Ambition 1” ascent module launching from the surface of Mars.

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Here’s what life on Mars may actually look like

Even though there are (plenty of) technical difficulties we still have to solve, it’s quite possible we’ll see humans on Mars in our lifetime. In the beginning, living and working on Mars will be a lot like scuba diving, James Green, director of NASA’s planetary science division, told Mic. But then things will get more permanent.

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Marking its first public appearance since retirement, Blue Origin’s New Shepard booster appeared at the MARS 2017 conference in Boston this week. The rocket made five suborbital flights into space between November 2015 and October 2016 before being retired.

Held annually in Boston, the Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics & Space Exploration, or MARS conference, is an invite-only tech show hosted by Blue Origin’s founder, Jeff Bezos, also created Amazon and acts as its CEO.

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But That's Just Human Nature

Sometimes I’ll be talking to someone and the topic will come around to personal ideals, or where we see technology or humanity in the future, or different political views or something. And I’ll say something about how our infrastructure is moving toward autonomization, or how I want to be one of the first Mars settlers, or how if we used money to further our work, rather than using work to make money (money as a means, not an end), then we could accomplish so much more as individuals and in turn work as a global community to advance society (that’s just how I see it).

The retort to my ideals and values is always “that’s just human nature.” People are greedy, but that’s just human nature. People want power, but that’s just human nature. People will take advantage of other people, but that’s just human nature. People will always believe the politicians or media rather than doing their own research, but that’s just human nature. People will always get angry over stupid things instead of controlling their temper, but that’s just human nature.

To that I say, why can’t we change human nature? Why does it have to be this to be this way? Why do we, as a society, generally accept that this is the way it’s always been done and therefore there is no other way to live? Why must we keep to outdated traditions? Why, when we all joke about money being the ultimate evil, do we not try to change systems that so clearly take advantage of us?

“People wouldn’t work if they didn’t make money.” I would still work. I would still go to school. I would still try to learn and become knowledgeable and advance my life so that I felt fulfilled and happy. I would still try to actively make a difference in the world, still try to inspire and teach others, still try to give the world something I hope is good.

“You might, but most people wouldn’t.” Then the problem isn’t me. The problem is them. The problem is that we willingly perpetuate the disgusting lie that people need to be rewarded with material goods in exchange for their work. That nature does not abide by the laws of our society, that the universe will not wait for us to figure things out.

They say that if the world economy crashed tomorrow, human society would collapse. Anarchy would reign. Where is the sense in that? Why have we let this false notion of material gain determine the stability of our civilization?

There are people out there who work every day to push humanity a little bit farther. People who study diseases and find cures. People who study plants and animals and figure how they live, and how they affect our world, and how we affect theirs. People who build rockets, hoping to send us to Mars so that humanity may realize the dream of becoming immortalized, forever searching the cosmos for other species who may be searching for the same answers as us.

When you say “But that’s just human nature,” what you’re really saying is “People are lazy and violent and greedy.” You give the best of our species no credit for what they have proven to be true: that we are explorers, that we are intelligent, that we are capable of creating great things and inspiring others to do the same. We should be ashamed of the people who refuse to work, be ashamed of the people who use others to their advantage, be ashamed of those who try to hold us back from achieving greater things. We should not ask “Does it benefit me?” but rather, “Does it benefit humanity?”

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m crazy for holding people to high standards and praising the successes of the best of us, of those who work in the interest of our species, of our world. Maybe I should stop trying to inspire people. Maybe I should drop everything I’m doing because I’m not getting paid a lot of money for what I love to do. Maybe I should give up on my goals because they are too grandeur for the reality of the world that others try to make me believe is impossible to change.

But you know what? I’m not going to stop. I’m not going to give up. I’m going to fight this fight every day because I have been what I now hate most and I know that I am human, and I changed. If I could, why can’t I try to change others, too, to encourage unity and education and humble pride in our work, knowing we gave the world a little more good than we ever thought we could bring to it. I want to help foster a world where instead of condemning these ideals, we celebrate them. Where civilization does not hinge on fictional numbers, where resources are used to the benefit of all our species, where genuine knowledge and personal fulfillment are the pinnacles of success, and the entire world celebrates each new step our species takes on its way to discovering this universe.

Because that is human nature.

Curiosity Selfie

This self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover shows the vehicle at the “Big Sky” site, where its drill collected the mission’s fifth taste of Mount Sharp.

The scene combines dozens of images taken during the 1,126th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work during Mars (Oct. 6, 2015, PDT), by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera at the end of the rover’s robotic arm.


Kronos 1, Deep Space Exploration Vehicle.

This is probably my most ambitious space project so far. I’ve been working on this spacecraft for quite a while now, several months of all the design work that includes the spacecraft design, interiors, mission structure and goals, functional design of different sections of the vehicle and some other technical details. For now I wanted to present to you a 3d model that took almost a month to make and there are still lots of stuff to do. Anyway, I wanted to tease you a bit and share some of my excitement for this project, full presentation of the Kronos 1 mission coming later this year.

PS - Any resemblance to Hermes spacecraft from The Martian is pretty much coincidental and mostly comes from the research and lots of thinking about realistic long duration crewed space missions. It just means that both me and The Martian crew, did their research on space vehicles ;)


What We’ll Wear to Mars

In the 47 years since humans first stepped on the moon, space-helmet technology hasn’t exactly made a giant leap. But the prospect of exploring Mars has NASA’s designers scrambling for their drawing boards. “The requirements are different from anything we’ve done before,” says Dave Lavery, who leads NASA’s Solar System Exploration Program. They include durability (to withstand abrasion in wind storms), flexibility (for yearlong missions), and field of view (for 360-degree visibility).

Past — 1960s & ‘70s (Top) : The iconic bubble helmet worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin was built to withstand the moon’s extreme temperature swings and protect astronauts’ eyes from solar glare and radiation. At the back, the helmet’s fitted shape cushioned the head in case of an emergency during launch or landing.

Present (Middle) : Today’s helmet is almost identical to the Apollo era’s—bulbous and locked solidly into the neck of the suit—except that this one has cameras and lights. Since the International Space Station circles the Earth every 92 minutes, astronauts might be suddenly plunged into darkness during a spacewalk, so lights are a must.

Future — 2030s & '40s (Bottom) : On Mars, visibility and range of motion will be extremely important. That’s why the helmet for the BioSuit—one of the contending designs for a Mars mission—moves freely with the astronaut’s head, like a motorcycle helmet. It will also have a heads-up display with information on navigation, logistics, scheduling, situational awareness, and life support.

Photography by Douglas Sonders

To travel in space you must leave the old verbal garbage behind: God talk, country talk, mother talk, love talk, party talk. You must learn to exist with no religion, no country, no allies. You must learn to live alone in silence. Anyone who prays in space is not there.
—  William S. Burroughs, ‘It Is Necessary to Travel…’