First melanin doesn't do S*** to protect you from Cosmic radiation...Anyhow as I see it there are 2 make or break issues to colonizing Mars, everything else is complication not a show stopper....One is there life on Mars. If there is we can expect colonization efforts will be at least slowed if not outright stopped for decades as that life will need to be investigated thoroughly to insure any risk it poses is acceptable to the people of Earth. Otherwise they will not allow a Mars Colony.
The second is gravity. Unless and until we can maintain human health in .37 G their will be no Mars colony....To be clear that includes children born and raised on Mars being able to return to Earth. Anyone who thinks the people of the Earth are going allow the creation of a rival species in our own solar system to compete with us for resources is being completely delusional.....For sure there will be no Mars colony without the direct support of the US government and I can promise you even as a person who would like to see a Mars colony I would none the less press my congressional representatives to disallow the creation of or support for any colony that could not fully meet all of the colonist biological needs so they stay members of our species.
Now this may well mean colonizing Mars is not something we can achieve in the short term, but it no way means we cannot colonize other places in the solar system now....Phobos, Demos, large asteroids and other small moons are prime locations for constructing rotating habitats inside those bodies that are large enough for hundreds of thousands or even millions of people.
Starship's exploding was a known probability of the design process that will not slow it's development, nor will lack of government funding. On the other hand SLS and Blue Origin's non existent lander are totally dependent on government funding and subject stupid political design and manufacture demands. Whereas neither Starship or even lunar Starship are dependent on government funding....Anyhow if SLS's maiden flight fails Blue Origin has no launch vehicle for it's non existent lander and Orion has no way to get to space so it can meet up with Blue Origin's non existent lander.
I don't just bring up the possibility SLS could fail just to poo poo it. Like Starliner SLS is being developed by a host of different vendors and just like Starliner they intend to launch SLS without doing much testing of how well all these components from different companies work together. Being more generous to SLS than I honestly think it warrants I'd give it at best a 50/50 chance of having a more successful maiden flight than Starliner's demo.
IDK what's so surprising? I said SpaceX would launch Starships to the off shore pads years ago and people told me the idea was crazy....But, I mean does Boeing build an airliner then put it on a barge to take it to an air port for it's first flight? No, that would be dumb. An airliner's first flight is from the factory to wherever the customer wants it delivered.
The real story is Mr. Gaga is offering 500K no questions asked for the return of his dogs, not 500k for the apprehension of whoever shot his dog walker in the chest and putting him near death in the ICU....No he just cares about getting his dogs back...Also the guys who shot the dog walker are Black. So I'm thinking 2 Black guys in LA are probably not MAGA terrorist...On the other hand poor Jussie Smollett was attacked by 2 Black MAGA guys, so who knows :)
The real story is Mr. Gaga is offering 500K no questions asked for the return of his dogs, not 500k apprehension of whoever shot his dog walker in the chest and putting him near death in the ICU....No he just cares about getting his dogs back...Also the guys who shot the dog walker are Black. So I'm thinking 2 Black guys in LA are probably not MAGA terrorist...On the other hand poor Jussie Smollett was attacked by 2 Black MAGA guys, so who knows :)
YouTube deletes your comment if you say Biden has Dementia, sniffs little girl's hair, is retarded or stole the election.
democrats like having asian guys give it to them in the ass. They were just upset they weren't granted the common courtesy of a reach around.
Okay I have a crazy idea...How about we just stop letting democrats rig elections? I know, I know it wacky idea, but I'm thinking if the political divide would be much narrower if we had fair honest elections in every state, every election, always. Then people wouldn't feel they need to secede to escape government that doesn't represent them.
I like your take on the sea launch platform. Some changes I'd go for are...First you have no helipads. Even if passengers don't normally arrive by chopper it's a safe bet they'll still need at least one helipad. If you're going to have buildings on the top deck I'd have a helipad on the roof of one or both of the buildings.....The other and more important change is I'd eliminate the fuel farm.There is absolutely no reason to have it on board the platform...The best part is no part. The ship that brings the fuel is already a floating fuel farm. A side from being redundant it vastly more dangerous, expensive and slower to have a fuel farm on the platform as posed to just refueling directly from the tanker ship.
Which BTW is how oil rigs operate. They don't store the oil they pump on the rig they pump it directly to a waiting tanker for basically the same reasons SpaceX shouldn't and I believe will not store fuel on board the launch platform.
Seeing as the Jeep Cherokee has been gay as fuck since Y2K why not rename it the Jeep Faggot...They could have the Grand Faggot be available only as a front wheel drive hybrid with a CVT transmission :)
The fact of the matter is we're not going to go to war with Russia over Syria. Russia still has massive nuclear arsenal. Even though our missile shield probably prevents their effectively striking the US our European allies are still very vulnerable. Not to mention just a few nukes getting through our defenses would equate to million of causalities...So Russia should call our bluff and send 100,000 or so troops into Syria to completely occupy the country I'm sure Assad would welcome it and it would force the US out.
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