The Western Lines

July 15, 2009

Then and now

Filed under: Apollo 11,Mars,Ralph Buttigieg,spaceX — ralphbuttigieg @ 10:11 am
Forty years ago this month the human race left the planet of its birth and humans strode the moon.

Today we lock six people in a tube and call it a Mars mission:

Six European volunteers have emerged from a simulated space capsule in Moscow after spending more than three months locked inside.

They were part of an experiment into how astronauts might deal with the very cramped conditions and prolonged isolation of a journey to Mars.

As to the Space Station, NASA is preparing to dump it into the ocean:

Despite nearing completion after more than a decade of construction, and recently announcing some upcoming improvements to accompany its full crew of six astronauts, NASA plans to de-orbit the International Space Station in 2016. Meaning the station will have spent more time under construction than completed.

However there is some hope, the private sector is making progress:

After three years just as many failed launches, and a couple of lost satellites, private rocket company SpaceX successfully delivered its first payload into orbit yesterday using their Falcon 1 rocket.

The rocket launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and reached space after a ten minute flight. The payload consisted of a Malaysian satellite named RazakSAT, which will take high resolution pictures of Malaysia (think Google Earth).



  1. In my opinion, de-orbiting the space station so quickly after all those years and money building it is as short-sighted, stupid, and illogical as canceling the last three moon missions even though the spaceships and hardware had been built. I've heard many people at NASA, including more than one astronaut, say that we cannot send people to Mars without the space station.

    Comment by MCSCollinS — July 15, 2009 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  2. G'day,I would think so, seems like a big waste to me too. But I'm not sure how they are going to do it, its an International Space Station after all and the other partners might have a different view.

    Comment by Ralph Buttigieg — July 16, 2009 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

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