Post has attachment
The reason science fiction is helpful is that it allows us to contemplate our possible futures.

Post has attachment
Here are a couple more legit hard sci-fi including interstellar colonization. Who wins, the people: https://boingboing.net/2014/03/27/lockstep-karl-schroeders-fi.html
Or the robots: ... ?

Post has attachment

From the article :"
The probe will carry a tin containing seeds of potato and arabidopsis, a small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard, and probably some silkworm eggs to conduct the first biological experiment on the Moon.
...
"Why potato and arabidopsis? Because the growth period of arabidopsis is short and convenient to observe. And potato could become a major source of food for future space travelers," said Liu. "Our experiment might help accumulate knowledge for building a lunar base and long-term residence on the Moon."
"

http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-04/12/c_137106440.htm

Post has attachment
It's fun to just let that payload volume sink in for a bit. This is the form that +SpaceX is going to wrap carbon fiber around for the fuselage of the BFR. I'm just thinking about the time spent right now on telescope lenses and the like, trying to make them fit into something we can push up the gravity well. When you couple that with the promise of what this could potentially do to the cost of putting things up, one gets downright giddy. SLS had better step it up. The Falon Heavy is peanuts compared to this bad boy, and it's charging forward. It's an exciting time to be watching the state of space.

Post has attachment
In case you missed it, NASA has posted a 4K video tour of the Moon. Lots of eye candy and details. Enjoy!

Post has attachment
Chicago Society for Space Studies members are entitled to a 25% registration rebate for the 2018 International Space Development Conference.
ISDC speakers include Jeff Bezos, Freeman Dyson, Frank Drake, Kathryn Sullivan. Details are in the latest issue of Spacewatch, CSSS' free quarterly enewsletter: http://www.chicagospace.org/Spacewatch-Subscribe.html
Note that CSSS does not charge membership dues. #csss #space #isdc #nasa #nss
Photo

Post has shared content

Post has attachment
More recent VASMIR news:

Post has attachment
Now this is a great article.

Post has attachment
Wait while more posts are being loaded