January 23, 2006
Round and Round
Posted by scott at January 23, 2006 10:41 AM
Slashdot linked up this detailed Popular Mechanics article from none other than Buzz Aldrin, detailing an innovative plan to get people to Mars. His central proposal? Creating a "cycling" craft which constantly travels between Mars and Earth. While complex, the proposal does away with the need to build the super-massive and super-complex spacecraft that would be required to shoot the whole thing there from Earth.
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From reading this, the overall cost may be lower, but the start up costs might be a bit higher, no? Of course, to be able to cycle crews in and out regularly definitely has it's advantages. But then again, I'm thinking that after a bit of that, we may be able to just set up a permanent base (a al Red Mars) and go with that.
Then again, I also want a lightsaber.
I didn't read the article all the way thru. (School day) But it reminds me of the idea of a Space elevator.