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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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Um what about Seven Days or Time Cop or quantum leap or Voyagers?
Seems a loose copyright claim given previous time traveling shows to put right what once went wrong.
I don't remember if as far back as Time Tunnel also was about fixing the timeline.
A Spanish company is suing Sony, NBCUniversal and Timeless creators Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, claiming that they pilfered the idea for NBC’s new time-travel drama. Onza Entertainment claims…
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These disputes seem silly Considering that the same plot device was used in Fred Pohl's Time Patrol stories, Asimov's End of Eternity and many other tales in the mid-twentieth century
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How would we react if we received a voyager like probe?
What would it mean to get a message from a distant alien civilization?
What do you think an alien civilization would make of our recording?
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Since your talking about this +Michael Interbartolo I wondered if you saw this on Kickstarter as I know you like space projects -

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Does a Disney owned Twitter make sense
For sports news, scores and streaming?
For second screens chat and interactions during tv and movies?
Would Twitter still be seen as a "news service" if the house of mouse owned it?
Or would you rather google or Salesforce buy it?
The only Twitter use I have is for maintaining the +Spacesuit Project​ Twitter feed.
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"More people get their news from Walt Disney than from any other source." - Isn't that how every "This Week" and "World News Tonight" used to end? :-) And now the alternately hilariously-wrong and biased Five-Thirty-Eight as well.

No problem with a service that has supposed "newsiness" being part of Disney. At least not in comparison to what they already own. 
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Four Thieves Vinegar have created and uploaded the plans for the simple version, called the Epipencil. Also spring loaded, the parts are gathered over the counter. The epinephrine will still need to be acquired with a prescription.
In response to the corporate insanity surrounding Epipen (company Mylan purchased the rights to Epipen in 2007 and raised the price from $57 to $318), medical hacking collective, Four Thieves Vinegar, has established a DIY version of the life-saving injector for $30. The epipen works by spring load injecting epinephrine into someone that is suffering from anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis can occur as an allergic reaction to a wide array of thing...
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+Johnathan Chung so, why not sublingual epi? We do it for nitroglycerin for heart patients. There have been several animal studies with sublingual epi performing better than auto-injectors. People often don't use their epi when they should, either from needle fear, cost of replacement, or in my case allergic reaction to components of the auto-injector.

How much profit could be made on a sublingual tablet? Not much at all.
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Just a few more months until rogue one comes out. Can't wait
Nothing like a Pixar rogue one mashup for your Sunday
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Maybe with the movie coming out, the Internet-Idiots will finally learn how to spell "rogue."
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I have been busy with our new engineers that are going through orientation the past few days so I haven't fully digested Elon's plan but it certainly is bold. If he starts making enough progress on the HLV then he could solidly make the case NASA is competing with the private sector by continuing to develop SLS something expressly forbidden. The lawyers always ask when we try to do partnerships what is unique beyond the nasa brand of what we are trying to collaborate on if not we are seen as providing a sort of competition to private industry. Anyway that is something for the lawyers to figure out.
I am surprised by his plan in that it is not what I was expecting. Colonial transporter set the bit in my mind of more a cycling cruise ship size craft going between earth and Mars at the various launch windows not a 100 person ship from earth to Mars surface. I almost think it would be better with two gateway stations. One in LEO and one in Mars Orbit. Then you shuttle folks from earth to departure gateway in shifts as well as propellant and other supplies. The transport cruise ship pulls in loads up then burns for Mars. At Mars folks can stay on the Martian gateway, maybe side trips to Phobos/demos or down to the surface. The gateway acts as emergency evacuation point if something goes wrong on the surface and you don't have a good transfer window back to earth. You can still move large quantity of folks to Mars and start planting the colony for Mars Republic cause moving up and out of the gravity well should be a goal for all of us.

Got to think more but needless to say this shames the mirage that is #journeytomars and hopefully we can finally admit the emperor has no clothes and we need a new plan for the agency.
Ars dissects the feasibility of SpaceX's plan to colonize Mars in the coming decades.
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I had also expected a cycler-type design, but I can see the simplicity of the reusable lander working quite well. Cyclers involve lots of changes and different vehicles/structures, which would be costly to develop and potentially less reliable (more "parts" to go wrong).

ITS, though bold, is relatively simple which means it has a higher chance of succeeding. Once there are a good few hundreds/thousands of people at Mars, I think a cycler would still make sense, but ITS seems to me to be the right tool for the job at the outset.
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While not the 5 father's and 3 mother's of James Holden this new procedure is a way to avoid potential damaged DNA transfer to the offspring
By removing the mothers potential illness being passed to the offspring via her mitochondrial DNA the doctors were able to use a donor DNA as well as father's via spindle nuclear transfer. He removed the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs and inserted it into a donor egg that had had its own nucleus removed. The resulting egg – with nuclear DNA from the mother and mitochondrial DNA from a donor – was then fertilised with the father’s sperm.
A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new version of a controversial technique that uses DNA from three people
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Was anyone hoping for a macgruber sequel
Highly doubtful given it made a meager $8.5M at the box office on a $10M budget. But apparently a sequel is starting to gel for some reason.
After years of waiting, the MacGruber 2 script is officially being written by Jorma Taccone and star Will Forte, but it's in the very early stages.
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What are your favorite spooky/horror/ frightfest movies for the Halloween season?
October is creepin’ in, which means you’re allowed to start eating Fun Size candy bars instead of real meals, and TV programming is about to get a whole lot spookier. Syfy has released its upcoming slate of original horror movies to accompany the premiere of its Creepypasta-inspired series Channel Zero.
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''Boo! A Madea Halloween''.
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Sounds interesting, but what sort of form factor will it come in. Plus I am not sure I follow what the difference is between Chromebook with Android Apps and this merger? How quickly from announcement to products available to buy will it really be? long delays can sour the hypebeast.
So, who wants this? 
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Lol, +Eko Prasetyo​, Google already destroyed Microsoft a long time ago...
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A different take on the tale of snow white and the seven dwarves
Now they are French bandits and she a waitress trying to rebel against her parents.
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Fairytales. You can't resist them, now can you?
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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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