Here are some fun promo posters from NASA
Ok, not Mars-related, but I cast a wide net here and… wow. Wow!
“The studio announced the landmark film’s return to theaters in a widely-circulated release, saying the goal is to give today’s moviegoers the same “cinematic event audiences experienced 50 years ago.””
Stanley Kubrick is among the small handful of directors whose visual compositions seem to defy the look of their times, and look fantastic doing it. From the eerie symmetries and skewed perspectives of The Shining to the dappled romanticism of Barry Lyndon, it’s hard to date one of Kubrick’s visual feasts merely by its appearance.…
A new paper from Elon Musk (written before the Falcon Heavy launch, but published this month) with lots of detail on the BFR.
“Our updated design leverages a smaller vehicle, still pretty big but a single vehicle that can do everything that’s needed for greater Earth orbit activity. Essentially we want to make our current vehicles redundant. We want to have one system—one booster and one ship—that replaces Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon. If we can do that, then all the resources that are used for Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Dragon can be applied to this system.”
Wernher von Braun was born on this day in 1912. His work on the Saturn V got us to the Moon and he’d have got us to Mars as well if only we’d pursued it.
More on the perils of living on Martian time while on Earth. This is a fun presentation with lots of great mission lore.
A Martian day is 39 minutes and 35 seconds longer than an Earth day. To distinguish the two, we use the term “sol” when referring to a Martian day.
Landers we have sent to Mars use special 24 hour clocks with longer seconds than those of Earth, so that a sol is divided into 24 periods, just like on Earth. The operations teams for these landers work and live by the same clocks. This means, for people working on these crews, their schedule shifts 40 minutes later each day. This makes for interesting problems.
Life on Mars will be a positive sum game.
Somewhere under those clouds, my characters live. I’m not quite sure where yet.
The Mars Color Imager (MARCI) aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) acquires a global view of the Red Planet and its weather patterns every day. During the week of March 5, 2018, water ice clouds and dust storms were visible.