from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Manned space exploration is in a bit of a funk these days, depending on how you look at it. Robots are doing a lot of heavy lifting, and the potential deaths of astronauts make governments wary of much risk-taking. Commercial ventures are starting to ramp up, but their missions aren't quite as awe-inspiring as the former glory of NASA. Here are just some quick links on the future of space exploration.
- There's some pessimism about the prospect of humans colonizing the rest of the solar system. That is, if you think a one-way (aka "suicidal") mission to other destinations in the solar system is a "half-empty" strategy. [url]
- Some folks are pretending to go to Mars and have spent quite a bit of time doing it. Maybe there should be a reality TV show like this, called "Real World: Mars" -- where seven fake astronauts have to live together, trapped in a simulated environment... [url]
- The National Security Space Strategy has been published by the Dept of Defense, and it seems that, as space exploration technologies have matured, the goals of space technology development have gotten more complex. Just getting to the moon (again) or to Mars or to an asteroid isn't enough these days, there has to be a pretty clear return on the investment and the involvement of multiple entities that could potentially fund such ambitious ventures. [url]
- To discover more links on space exploration, check out what's floating around in StumbleUpon universe. [url]