January 23, 2006
Round and Round

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.

Posted by scott at January 23, 2006 10:41 AM

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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.

Posted by: ronaprhys on January 23, 2006 12:22 PM

I didn't read the article all the way thru. (School day) But it reminds me of the idea of a Space elevator.

Posted by: Wendi on January 23, 2006 01:30 PM
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