Space.com today has an article and the infographic shown below about the in-space colony concepts developed by Princeton Prof. Gerard K. O’Neill and his collaborators during the 1970s and 80s. (They got some NASA grants but it’s a huge exaggeration to say NASA had a “plan to put thousands of people in Space Colonies”.)
The documentary One Way Astronaut is about the Mars One project’s goal to send private teams on one way trips to the Red Planet to create a permanent settlement. You can download ($4.95) or watch ($2.95) the full movie at onewayastronaut.com. Below is a trailer for the film.
One Way Astronaut is about the people who are following this project closely: aspiring astronauts. Stephan, Sara, Henri and Beatriz are 4 people who, like tens of thousands of applicants from all over the world, say they are willing to spend the rest of their lives on Mars. It is the story of Mars One and its founder Bas Lansdorp in the early stages. Space experts answer questions about the likelihood of Mars One succeeding and discuss the kind of risks the astronauts will be taking. The degree of worldwide personal interest this mission has already attracted tells us something about our society today.
One Way Astronaut is an independent production by Tetteroo Media.
In an earlier video, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy discussed how water began flowing into the helmet of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano during his July 16th, 2013 EVA. A potentially very dangerous situation. In a second video shown below, Cassidy discusses potential locations in the suit where the leak might have happened and the current leading candidate as the culprit.
A NASA video about scientific research and human spaceflight
Skylab was America’s first space station, taking scientific research to new heights and proving humankind could live and work in space for long periods of time. Skylab set the stage for the work conducted today on the International Space Station, where scientists use more advanced technology, a foundation of knowledge and more time to conduct experiments in space, free from Earth’s gravity. This work can be applied to benefit humankind both on Earth and in space, as we prepare to explore deeper into our solar system.