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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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as this continues to slip to the right one has to ask what is the draw for CBS All Access
how much content is really driving folks to sign up for the paid service and given this was one of the big tentpoles for it is it hurting the subscriber base? If the service doesnt have another big draw, how long will CBS keep dumping money into the service if folks arent signing up?

Spock’s father, Sarek, has been announced and will be played by James Frain (Azrael on Fox’s Gotham). 
It looks like Star Trek: Discovery continues to have a mix of the best of times and worst of times. On the upside, the casting for the role of Spock's fath
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dramatic music with nothing-happening video seems like a parody, "..Test Flight of Star Trek's U.S.S. Discovery..":
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The first of many big super bowl ads.
Wix comes out of the gate early with an action brawler featuring Gal Gadot and Jason Statham.
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Once again, She certainly looks the part. Also they make her looks surprisingly good in action scenes, that is often a problem for very tall people. I still have a problem with her acting. It is very stiff. 
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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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I got chills watching this one. Stellar #bostonstrong hype video not about destiny but about #gopats dynasty. #driveforfive
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Peeking over Saturn's shoulder
No Earth-based telescope could ever capture a view quite like this. Earth-based views can only show Saturn's daylit side, from within about 25 degrees of Saturn's equatorial plane. A spacecraft in orbit, like Cassini, can capture stunning scenes that would be impossible from our home planet.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 25 degrees (if Saturn is dominant in image) above the ring plane.
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+Margarita G Ruiz the dot is its North Pole. Saturn's North Pole is very weird. Hexagonal n' shit 
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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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So sad. But now he can see all the universes
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Do you think he is being cast as MODAK?
Is that really the plan for Peter Dinklage in Infinity War?
Fan art from reddit
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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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