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NASA Reports Huge Water Deposits On Mars

Mars Water Found in 2018

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/mars-buried-water-ice-subsurface-geology-astronauts-science/ If this analysis is confirmed, then we suddenly have prime targets for human landing sites.  We would also have a huge bump up in the odds that a sustainable Mars Outpost and/or eventual Mars Colony could be established? I know I’m getting way ahead of things but I’m already …

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Creating an Artificial Martian Magnetosphere to Start Terraforming

Mars Terraform

http://nautil.us/blog/how-to-give-mars-an-atmosphere-maybe This article is interesting but leaves out some details: Power: It mentions that “An inflatable structure can generate a magnetic dipole field at a level of perhaps 1 or 2 Tesla (a unit that measures the strength of a magnetic field) as an active shield against the solar wind. …

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Space Advocates Debate Moon vs Mars vs Asteroids as Mankind’s Future Destinations

Should humans devote most of our resources to the development of a colony on the Moon, Mars or towards the utilization of Asteroid resources?  Space advocates debated which location in space should be our primary focus at this week’s “New Space Age” conference at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Geekwire.com reported on the …

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Powering Space: Lasers Beaming Power to Satellites and Nuclear Space Reactors

Russian Space Reactor Topaz-1

  According to this article, the Russians are working on a way to beam power to satellites.  My immediate thought is that it will also help with the possibility of beaming power to deep space probes and possibly even manned missions at some point.  Of equal interest was the brief …

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The Next 100 Years of Engineering

Science and Engineering Stories

This article offers an interesting perspective from an Electrical engineering grad student at Stanford University: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-the-next-100-years-of-engineering-may-look-like_us_59f117fae4b09812b938c689 I think the author definitely should have put more time and emphasis on the importance of nanotechnology (very briefly mentioned).  I also note that he fully excluded the many engineering challenges that will undoubtedly …

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