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Warning incoming Space Rant: It is time for the Agency to Pivot
With a new president coming in just about 6 months from now it is time to be proactive and admit the current journey to Mars mirage is nothing more than a hashtag. Instead of waiting for the coming blue ribbon panel and revector let's take the hard look at the situation and get out infront of things by being honest and laying out a more thoughtful strategy for achieving Mars in 20 years. It may garner a knee jerk reaction from certain circles but if they are truly in it for exploration and not just jobs/contracts then they can find their way through to actual deep space exploration not just lobbying about it.

Step 0: Give up building launch vehicle and orion. They are albatrosses around our neck. A heavy lifter for use 20 years from now sucks up way more budget than relying on multiple launches and robotic assembly which is needed anyway. Plus since we are going with a reusable Mars transit vehicle crew loading and unloading can occur in earth orbit serviced by one of the many commercial crew vehicle coming online. How much more Mars technology could we fund if we free up SLS/Orion funds. Don't worry congress folks and old space wanting to suckle at the government tit of cost plus contracts there will be plenty of pork to spread around with the new plan. Don't bring up the suck cost fallacy cause continuing to pour money for something 20 years down the road while you starve all the tech that is truly needed for Mars is only going to continue the myth that going to Mars is within the next 20 years. Staying the course is not the answer if you really want to actually make progress.

Forward plan Step 1: Best case we plan for upcoming commercial heavy lift like falcon 9H worst case we design for existing HLV. Either way we can cross that bridge to pick a launcher 12 years from now when we start locking down the design . Since crew rotation occurs in LEO it should be no different than what we will be paying for astronauts to the ISS in the next couple of years and entry speeds will be similar as well.

Step 2: time to stop iterating on an evolvable Mars campaign and hand out a design to the agency to start building.
We need a clean sheet 90 day study to pick a design so that the technology investment can start working towards putting things together. This gets divided up among the centers (see Congress we will spread things around) and gets everyone on the same path and garners support for the pivot from congress and incoming president.

It will help focus on what can be commercially sourced versus what needs internal development. We dont need to be spending money on our limited use case for something the commercial market is going to far surpass our needs down the road. We just need to have a viable onramp plan for the cots 10+ years from now. the study will provide the focus needed so no more centers working on what they think they should instead of what the politics/HQ wants. If we are infusing $3B in tech we need to make sure the design is anchored so that they are building the ins/outs/size/volume/power for the integrated systems/ mission operations parameters.

We can reevaluate every four years to ensure the tech tree is bearing fruit or if we need to pick a new branch and what the launch vehicle situation is. For now we start with existing HLV and it only gets better from here at the next review in 4 years.

Step 3: Develop LEO to Lunar cycler
Now that we have SLS out of the way the plan is whichever HLV we use just has to get the mass to LEO. Our solar electric propulsion tug will move it out to the lunar shipyard. This gives us run time on sep that will eventually grow to the transit vehicle size. The cycler also gets to test out deep space navigation (like pulsar/x-ray) and autonomous deep space rendezvous and docking.

Step 4: Use Cycler to build out lunar shipyard
Robotic assembly, radiation protection methods and testing of "MCC in a Box" autonomy gets shaken out as the the two Mars Transit Vehicles are built up. Eventually there could be living quarters for science and telerobotics to lunar surface it would require a hab attachment for the cycler since we scrapped orion but that becomes a long term closed loop eclss test bed so bonus points. The human occupation of the shipyard appeals to the international partners as it gets them closer to lunar surface

Step 5: Large scale technology investment
With the SLS/orion money freed up that gives us about $3B a year to put towards the major hurdles for Mars like radiation, EDL, autonomy, ISRU, closed loop ECLSS, robotic helpers, fecal processing, nuclear power and more. These tech are currently on the slow road to Mars due to budget restrictions that would go away with a $3B infusion. At least a portion of this should be to try out Moonshots that may fail but if they succeed are 10X leap forward to Mars.

Step 6: at the shipyard build two reusable transit vehicles
First is cargo delivery for all the preposition of assets for upcoming human missions. We can use an opposition class mission since it is unmanned and 30 day stay in Mars orbit should be enough time for precision placement of the necessary hardware. This robotic hauler will deploy early EDL and isru test beds while testing out larger class SEP, navigation and autonomy.
Second is crew transit vehicle the culmination of tech investment and precursor testbeds. Allows for longer conjunction class missions for a crew to spend 500 days on the surface.

If we as an agency, country, world really want to move up the gravity well to exploring Mars then let's take a hard look at where we are and pivot to get there.

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I will probably see all 5 of these in the theaters
2017 looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year for futurists and sci-fi lovers. Whether you’re set on a much-anticipated sequel or a fresh standalone, this year is set to be awash in sci-fi features. 
From live-action anime to long-awaited sequels, these five sci-fi films are coming to a theater near you this year. Life, Ghost in the Shell, Alien: Covenant, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and Blade Runner 2049 all have roots in real science.
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Yep! That's all any of us have. Surprise us if you find out first! Thanks, lvb
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has anyone watched the series yet. the kids are still making their way through del Torro's TrollHunters, but we might check this out next.
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+Mary Burrell I personally think that Harris's impersonation of count Olaf (or, to be precise, his impersonations of count Olaf's impersonations of other people) is one of the more valuable assets of this show.
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Why have a boring prosthetic hand when you can have a bionic nerf gun
The Nerf prosthetic is currently in the prototype phase, but Hackerloop plans to release a finished product next month.
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And so the new wave of cybernetics begins with joyful applause and content. Until they have to wait for their upgrades and software patches!

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Sounds a lot like the 4 part BBC real history of science fiction
Each episode focused on a element (robots, space, time travel and invasion) with authors, directors, actors and more talking about the evolution and impact.

AMC has approved a six-episode documentary series from James Cameron about how the science fiction genre has changed over time, as well as how it’s changed us.
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Thanks! I'll be looking forward to this.
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looking forward to the return of into the badlands
Into the Badlands” will return for a second season on Sunday, March 19th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The second-season will find Sunny (Daniel Wu) and M.K. (Aramis Knight) separated, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family
AMC sets its winter/spring schedule 
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Hopefully Andy weir consulted with some real folks from flight operations.
CBS has given pilot orders to a multi-cam comedy based on the life of Mark Feuerstein and a NASA drama from "The Martian" author Andy Weir
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Nice..... I hope it balance drama and upbeat tone... 
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This looks like a really cool kit for young kids wanting to learn and code.
Parents interested in insuring their kids have some kind of software background in their youth (which really should be most of you) should take a look at Kano Computer. I'm so impressed by this system, especially compared to what is currently available online for most kids. 
Forget everything you know about educational software for kids and look at the delivery of those ideas. Kano Computer executes in a way nothing else I've ever used has.
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Damn another moonwalker has slipped the surely bonds of Earth
The last man to walk-on the Moon has died.
Remembering Gene Cernan
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Every person will go,that's the end of his life
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Do you think he is being cast as MODAK?
Is that really the plan for Peter Dinklage in Infinity War?
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I never heard of this Maul game
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Project Maul

Back in 2011, I was fortunate enough to work with Lucas Arts and Redfly Studios to help develop the look direction for a new Star Wars IP that centered around Darth Maul. It took place in a future time line sometime after Return of the Jedi and was meant to have a darker, grittier tone. Unfortunately the project was conceived around the same time as the Disney acquisition. it was cancelled after 1 year of development. Definitely dream of getting the opportunity to work on another Star Wars related project, so much fun!

Back in 2011, I was fortunate enough to work with Lucas Arts and Redfly Studios to help develop the look direction for a new Star Wars IP that centered around Darth Maul. It took place in a future time line sometime after Return of the Jedi and was meant to have a darker, grittier tone. Unfortunately the project was conceived around the same time as the Disney acquisition. it was cancelled after 1 year of development. Definitely dream of getting ...
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Darth Maul didn't die. It's even cannon that he survived. His hatred for Obi Wan kept him alive long enough for him to make a robotic lower half. He then eventually went insane after being alone for so long, but then his brother found him and brought him back. His story after the Phatom Mentace, and even before and after are worth reading in my oppinion

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End of an era
Ringling Bros. has two touring circuses this season and will perform 30 shows between now and May. Major stops include Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and Brooklyn. The final shows will be in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7 and in Uniondale, New York, at the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.
ELLENTON, Fla. (AP) — After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on "The Greatest Show on Earth." The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associat
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The clown's and acrobats are fine. The animals that were abused slaves literally that's the prob. 
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Rocket Scientist by Day and Glass Explorer 24/7
Born in Boston, went to Michigan (GO BLUE!), volunteered at Goddard while in grad school, worked in Mission Control for the Shuttle then did a stint working Smart Buyer/iDOT/Orion/MPCV/Mars In situ Resource Utilization, but now I am doing New Business Development at the Johnson Space Center looking for interesting technologies and industries that can leverage our knowledge, facilities and patents #forthebenefitofall. Former GoogleTV Ambassador.
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had the honor to work 11 yrs on the Space Shuttle Program in Mission Control.
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