Eclipse Madness

In a little while we’re going to have the “Great American Eclipse”–say it loud and proud and wave those flags! This will be the first eclipse contained entirely within the US, and as such offers the people there a fantastic opportunity to steep themselves in understanding the science and physics behind the event. Unfortunately, some people can’t apparently deal with that..

A few days ago, I stumbled across a video on youtube (I’m not going to promote it by linking to it), claiming that the moon is only seventy miles wide and Continue reading “Eclipse Madness”

Lunar Landing Site Concept

I’ve been working on some of the assets that I’ll be using in the book trailer for the sequel to Mathematics Of Eternity. Although the first book is largely earth-based, the sequel sees more off-world locations, including a facility near Mercury, Lunar Free State, and also has our heroes heading off to the asteroid belt.

I decided it would be fun to put together a little scene using Continue reading “Lunar Landing Site Concept”

First stop: Mars?

There has been much in the news recently about different approaches to possible manned mars missions In fact there seems to be almost a surfeit of manned Mars missions. Here are just a few:

  • NASA – plans going ahead to orbit Mars by 2030s
  • Russia – possible launch 2016-2020
  • SpaceX – Elon Musk has said many times teh reason he started the company was to take humans to Mars.
  • Mars One – Dutch mission that has attracted over 100,000 applicants for the first attempt
  • The Mars Initiative – publicly funded non-profit organization
  • Inspiration Mars – another non-profit organization

That’s a lot of interest, not to mention multiple funding sources, but it’s a “scattergun” approach – guaranteed to waste resources and duplicate efforts. NASA has talked about returning to the moon, or possibly a captive asteroid, as a stepping stone to future missions, an approach criticized by many who argue that the first goal should be Continue reading “First stop: Mars?”