Neo Mammalian Studies has sent me an infographic that takes a shot at estimating the cost of living on Mars (i.e. no, this does not refer to the inflation rate on Mars). Click here or on the image for the full size graphic:
More images and information have been released about the Chinese flyby of the Toutatis asteroid by their Chang’e 2 probe, which previously had been in orbit around the Moon:
- More Chang’e 2 Toutatis flyby images – The Planetary Society
- Chang’e 2 Flyby of_Toutatis, Chunlai Li, SBAG – Jan.16.13 (pdf)
A defense of the Space Shuttle: The Remarkable Record of the Space Shuttle – CitizensInSpace.
The Shuttle certainly demonstrated lots of important capabilities and applications. Unfortunately, it was too expensive to do any of them operationally. We will have to wait for fully reusable space transports for that.
Here’s an unusual concept for a big suborbital space vehicle: SHIPinSPACE – 48 Passenger Suborbital Reusable Blasting Survival Vehicle – Investor presentation (pptx)/a>.
Retired Los Alamos Lab radiochemist Edmund Storms gave an update on Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) and Cold Fusion on the Space Show on Friday: Dr. Edmund Storms, Friday, 1-18-13 « Thespaceshow’s Blog.
The practical issue of laundry will have to be dealt with eventually by space travelers and residents: In Space, No One Will Do Your Laundry – Popular Mechanics – Jan.16.13
University of Rhode Island design professor Karl Aspelund wants you to think about astronaut socks. In fact, he hopes his work with the 100 Year Starship Project—figuring out what kind of clothes space travelers will need for a long-duration mission—will change the way you dress, too.