How to Survive on Mars: the Science Behind the Human Exploration of Mars
If you love science and enjoyed The Martian – whether the book, the movie, or both – you may be interested in this course. How to Survive on Mars is a 4 week course offered online, with the objective of sharing the knowledge from various fields of science that will be needed to make life on Mars possible. While I have no desire to set foot on Mars (given the technology presently available), I’m definitely interested in understanding how this will work. I’ve signed up for this course, which will start in October 2016, and am looking forward to it.
Just before SpaceX’s awaited Mars announcement Elon Musk is set to unveil at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Mexico (happening NOW), they’ve published the animation of an Interplanetary Transport System. The spaceship is shown to first launch into orbit, then the booster heads back to Earth and lands. Propellant tanker is also loaded onto booster, which after reaching the orbit refuels the spaceship. The tanker returns to Earth, and the spaceship departs to Mars. Reusability plays a big, if not central role. The rest of the video comprises travelling to Mars and landing there. It closes with an exciting scene of the terraformation.