The kids take their first steps on the Martian surface.
Scratching the Surface, Generation Mars: Book One, is an illustrated chapter book. Told through the eyes of two sisters, it describes the emergence, literally and figuratively, of this first generation of kids born on Mars. The colonists live underground as protection against the solar and cosmic radiation that reaches the surface of Mars. The kids have never been to the surface. The inside of the colony is all they know. And then they get their chance to step outside.
A brief but inspiring interview with Robert Zubrin:
“… that’s what we need: a place where the rules haven’t been written yet, so people can give new ideas a try. Martian society will be an engine for invention.”
A trip to Mars using current propulsion technology takes several months. During that time, astronauts will be exposed to solar and cosmic radiation. In Iowa, a group of undergrads is working the problem.
Insight picks up the first quake on a celestial body other than Earth or the Moon.
Here’s the most thorough evaluation of the the latest push for the Moon that I’ve found. The TL;DR is that the winds are all over the place. This push is likely to fail. But we should root for it anyway because it’s shaking things up.
Wowza! He’s talking about an Orion atop a ULA second stage atop a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. We live in interesting times.
I had a Hilux for years that would take me anywhere I pointed it. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted an FJ40. I’m not a big fan of the modern FJ. But this…when can I get one?
If you give this a little thought, it makes perfect sense.
“I want to inspire that first girl who is going to walk on Mars.”
We share the same goal!