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2013-04-17 07:42:58 AM  
The goal is to send two people (a man and a woman, possibly a married couple) on a 501-day there-and-back flyby around Mars in January 2018.

The entire trip shouldn't take longer than...

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2013-04-17 07:43:35 AM  
They'll be crammed into a space the size of an RV for more than a year, breathing recycled air, subsisting on dehydrated food and drinking their purified urine.


"No Mr Grylls, we haven't made any decisions yet. Please stop calling."
 
2013-04-17 08:02:27 AM  
That thing looks like the world's largest Hitachi Magic Wand.
 
2013-04-17 08:03:12 AM  
It takes a special kind of goofy bastard to want to do something like this.  Not me, no way, not ever, but good luck to whoever does it.  Will be fun to watch.
 
2013-04-17 08:16:24 AM  
Go Team Venture!
 
2013-04-17 08:29:59 AM  
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I spy with my little eye something beginning with "B."
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And that's when I shot him your honor.
I spy with my little eye something beginning with "E."
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2013-04-17 08:38:46 AM  

UNC_Samurai: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 320x204]

I spy with my little eye something beginning with "B."
Boxes.
Right. I spy with my little eye something beginning with "M."
More boxes.
Two in a row.
And that's when I shot him your honor.
I spy with my little eye something beginning with "E."
I-I give up.
Oh come on.
This better not be what I - Even MORE boxes!


+1

/died a virgin, so sad
 
2013-04-17 09:12:17 AM  

UNC_Samurai: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 320x204]

I spy with my little eye something beginning with "B."
Boxes.
Right. I spy with my little eye something beginning with "M."
More boxes.
Two in a row.
And that's when I shot him your honor.
I spy with my little eye something beginning with "E."
I-I give up.
Oh come on.
This better not be what I - Even MORE boxes!


B5 has the best lines...


Sinclair: If we don't go along with this, we'll change history and the Shadows come out of the last war stronger than they should be.  We won't stand a chance against odds like that.
Sheridan: Would you like to tell me what you base that on?
Sinclair: Let's just say my information comes from a very reliable source.
Sheridan: So *you* believe this?
Sinclair: I believe it.
(everyone looks at Marcus)
Marcus: If Entil'Za believes it, I believe it.
(everyone looks at Ivanova)
Ivanova: I'll be in the car.
 
2013-04-17 09:28:31 AM  
*happy sigh* Between this and Mars One and everything else going on, I finally have some hope we'll get to Mars in my lifetime. It's really our best option in the solar system.

Also I'm pleased cause I wrote a story about it a couple months ago and I like to see my predictions come true. :P
 
2013-04-17 09:30:53 AM  
Oh, will this be another entry here

http://www.hobbyspace.com/NewSpace/history.html

with nothing ever happening?
 
2013-04-17 09:31:07 AM  
admin.fridayfunfacts.com
 
2013-04-17 09:31:26 AM  
I'd like to read some of those applications. I'm guessing a few got everything wrong but their date of birth.
 
2013-04-17 09:33:49 AM  
I'd go in a heartbeat, if I didn't have responsibilities down here on Earth (wife and child).

Though I'd certainly take the risk to LEO or the Moon right now.
 
2013-04-17 09:36:59 AM  

kronicfeld: Go Team Venture!


Newsletter etc.
 
2013-04-17 09:37:23 AM  
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2013-04-17 09:37:44 AM  
The goal is to send two people (a man and a woman, possibly a married couple) on a 501-day there-and-back flyby around Mars in January 2018.


What if two married gays want to go?
 
2013-04-17 09:44:08 AM  
One of the hardest things I have had to accept in my life is the fact that I will never get to go to space.  Even if I had the opportunity, I am not in any way fit enough to survive it, mentally or physically.  However, it doesn't stop me from wanting to go.  If I could, I would sign up for this in a heartbeat.


//Watched moon landing on TV at age 11
//Never got over it
 
2013-04-17 09:44:11 AM  
Oh, that's just what we want, a married couple bickering the entire time.
 
2013-04-17 09:47:17 AM  

notyomama: One of the hardest things I have had to accept in my life is the fact that I will never get to go to space.  Even if I had the opportunity, I am not in any way fit enough to survive it, mentally or physically.  However, it doesn't stop me from wanting to go.  If I could, I would sign up for this in a heartbeat.


//Watched moon landing on TV at age 11
//Never got over it


yep.. same here. I was 15 and it was an amazing thing to watch.
 
2013-04-17 09:47:28 AM  

dittybopper: I'd go in a heartbeat, if I didn't have responsibilities down here on Earth (wife and child).

Though I'd certainly take the risk to LEO or the Moon right now.


Why? Seriously, why?

notyomama: One of the hardest things I have had to accept in my life is the fact that I will never get to go to space.  Even if I had the opportunity, I am not in any way fit enough to survive it, mentally or physically.  However, it doesn't stop me from wanting to go.  If I could, I would sign up for this in a heartbeat.


//Watched moon landing on TV at age 11
//Never got over it


We are already in space. Space is 30 billion light years across. Going a few Earth radii up isn't getting you any closer.

Ever been in a MiG? You can do that now.
 
2013-04-17 09:49:12 AM  
The goal is to send two people (a man and a woman, possibly a married couple) on a 501-day there-and-back flyby around Mars in January 2018. No way a married couple would tolerate being cooped up in the same room for 501 days.
 
2013-04-17 09:50:43 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Oh, will this be another entry here

http://www.hobbyspace.com/NewSpace/history.html

with nothing ever happening?


One would rather hope so.

This is the most stupid and useless stunt I have ever heard proposed.  Going on a transfer orbit so you can fall past Mars at high velocity on your way back to Earth.  If you have a good camera aboard you might get a few photos that are only a whole lot worse than what we have from unmanned vehicles.

Interesting that your link includes one tiny line for SpaceX

-- The nature of history is that nothing ever works... until it does
 
2013-04-17 09:56:15 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: dittybopper: I'd go in a heartbeat, if I didn't have responsibilities down here on Earth (wife and child).

Though I'd certainly take the risk to LEO or the Moon right now.

Why? Seriously, why?


Because it's there, QA, because it's there.
 
2013-04-17 09:57:17 AM  

OhioKnight: -- The nature of history is that nothing ever works... until it does


Exactly. And given how quickly many other things started working with far less money and technology .... leads one to believe some things are less possible than others.

Say, did you know space is nothing at all like on TV?
 
2013-04-17 09:58:44 AM  

Sir Cumference the Flatulent: That thing looks like the world's largest Hitachi Magic Wand.


Sign me up.
 
2013-04-17 09:58:51 AM  

miss diminutive: UNC_Samurai: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 320x204]

I spy with my little eye something beginning with "B."
Boxes.
Right. I spy with my little eye something beginning with "M."
More boxes.
Two in a row.
And that's when I shot him your honor.
I spy with my little eye something beginning with "E."
I-I give up.
Oh come on.
This better not be what I - Even MORE boxes!

+1

/died a virgin, so sad


Not dead, frozen.
 
2013-04-17 10:02:01 AM  

dittybopper: Because it's there, QA, because it's there.


There are quite a lot of things that are "there", and aren't a radiation-blasted empty hell. That just isn't a good enough answer. And suppose one day going to Mars will be just like taking public transit (it won't, ever, but just play along). I'll bet that you are just interested in being different. You'd want to visit the center of the Earth.

Because it's there.
 
2013-04-17 10:02:45 AM  
Just pick me, I need to get the fark off this planet!
 
2013-04-17 10:05:24 AM  

dittybopper: I'd go in a heartbeat, if I didn't have responsibilities down here on Earth (wife and child).

Though I'd certainly take the risk to LEO or the Moon right now.


Think again. Nobody has been in space that long. The longest times have been a bit over a year by several Russian cosmonauts, but they had the Earth blocking all radiation for half of the time and the Van Allen belts blocking some at all times.

Only the Apollo astronauts have been exposed to unprotected space, and that was only for a 5-12 days.

And don't get me started on isolation...
 
2013-04-17 10:07:29 AM  

tmcottle: Just pick me, I need to get the fark off this planet!


Don't let the atmosphere hit your ass on the way out! Just never come back, OK? Since, like, this mud ball is all like gravity-welly and stuff. Ah, a radiation-blasted vacuum in free fall with nothing in it, now THAT's where you want to be.

For the 15 seconds you have at that point.
 
2013-04-17 10:11:47 AM  

Ebenator: Oh, that's just what we want, a married couple bickering the entire time.



www.americanradiotheater.org
 
2013-04-17 10:13:10 AM  
It's a one way trip.  Meatbags in space for such a long time...not good result.  They'll come back resembling microwaved Hot Pockets. crispy/flaky on the outside, gooey goodness inside.

Never getting off this mudball.  Get used to that idea.  And start working on ways we can salvage this planet from ourselves.
 
2013-04-17 10:13:44 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Why? Seriously, why?


Because life is short, amiright?
 
2013-04-17 10:14:17 AM  

madgonad: Only the Apollo astronauts have been exposed to unprotected space, and that was only for a 5-12 days.


But unprotected space is the glorious place to be for some people. It's just so much better than stupid gravity and air. I guess there are no other people around though. Maybe that's the attraction? Odd for people who are always talking about the species.
 
2013-04-17 10:16:24 AM  
FTFA: The crew members will likely collect biological samples from their own bodies for analysis so that researchers can learn more about the effects of long-term space travel, particularly cosmic radiation exposure.

AND the crew is to include a married couple? Why not throw in a rambunxious little brother and a muscular pilot best freind?
 
2013-04-17 10:18:43 AM  
This project is probably doable, but utterly pointless. The Mars One project has a point, but looks more like a reality TV show scam then a real project.

Can we get someone who credibly wants to send a colonization mission to mars?
 
2013-04-17 10:19:02 AM  
It's lonely out in space, you know.
 
2013-04-17 10:19:28 AM  
Load me up on whiskey and pot, with an X-box and DVDs...I'd consider it.

Gonna need a bigger ship.
 
2013-04-17 10:19:57 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: dittybopper: Because it's there, QA, because it's there.

There are quite a lot of things that are "there", and aren't a radiation-blasted empty hell. That just isn't a good enough answer. And suppose one day going to Mars will be just like taking public transit (it won't, ever, but just play along). I'll bet that you are just interested in being different. You'd want to visit the center of the Earth.

Because it's there.


Yeah, who'd want to have one of the most fantastic and unique experiences available in our lifetime? It's dangerous!
 
2013-04-17 10:23:39 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: tmcottle: Just pick me, I need to get the fark off this planet!

Don't let the atmosphere hit your ass on the way out! Just never come back, OK? Since, like, this mud ball is all like gravity-welly and stuff. Ah, a radiation-blasted vacuum in free fall with nothing in it, now THAT's where you want to be.

For the 15 seconds you have at that point.


Maybe I just want to get off because it is better than death?
 
2013-04-17 10:24:13 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: tmcottle: Just pick me, I need to get the fark off this planet!

Don't let the atmosphere hit your ass on the way out! Just never come back, OK? Since, like, this mud ball is all like gravity-welly and stuff. Ah, a radiation-blasted vacuum in free fall with nothing in it, now THAT's where you want to be.

For the 15 seconds you have at that point.


What a killjoy you are this morning. If there was a way to go to the center of the earth and a way to make humanity's long term survival better ensured by going there I'd definitely go. Mars is a little step but if we go there and set up a successful colony then we are that much closer to sending out colony ships to likely planets. And yes I'd go if I were 15-20 years younger, even if I was guaranteed to die before I reached the target planet. I'd be doing my part to spread the species, even if that part is a glorified really long haul bus driver.
 
2013-04-17 10:24:19 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: dittybopper: Because it's there, QA, because it's there.

There are quite a lot of things that are "there", and aren't a radiation-blasted empty hell. That just isn't a good enough answer. And suppose one day going to Mars will be just like taking public transit (it won't, ever, but just play along). I'll bet that you are just interested in being different. You'd want to visit the center of the Earth.

Because it's there.


Yes, actually, I wouldn't mind seeing that, or at least going as deep as possible, just to day I've done it.

I'd also like to go on a for-real African safari to hunt the Big Five with a longbow, and I'd like to travel to Antarctica, and a myriad of other places.
 
2013-04-17 10:27:13 AM  
Gee, it's QA threadshiatting on space exploration. So edgy.So how I don't see QA as an explorer- whether space, underwater, mountain climbing, drugs, or whatever. Sure it's dangerous, but so is driving a car. Space is interesting.Personally I'm looking forward to space stations for my retirement. I'm tall and my joints will give out, not to mention how soon my heart is supposed to stall. Zero gravity would improve my quality of life into my golden years. I figure I've got another 30 or so years for retirement age, at which point things should be rolling.
 
2013-04-17 10:27:36 AM  

madgonad: dittybopper: I'd go in a heartbeat, if I didn't have responsibilities down here on Earth (wife and child).

Though I'd certainly take the risk to LEO or the Moon right now.

Think again. Nobody has been in space that long. The longest times have been a bit over a year by several Russian cosmonauts, but they had the Earth blocking all radiation for half of the time and the Van Allen belts blocking some at all times.

Only the Apollo astronauts have been exposed to unprotected space, and that was only for a 5-12 days.

And don't get me started on isolation...


It doesn't *HAVE* to take that long.

Right now, we could built a ship using current technology that would get to Mars in just a few weeks, and it would only take a few additional weeks to get back.

Unfortunately, it would be very, very expensive, and then there is the little matter of international treaties actually forbidding it.
 
2013-04-17 10:28:03 AM  

Monty845: This project is probably doable, but utterly pointless. The Mars One project has a point, but looks more like a reality TV show scam then a real project.

Can we get someone who credibly wants to send a colonization mission to mars?


No, we can't.

That's the problem.  The only people/organizations with the resources to do a "real" mission won't ever do one without proof that it's profitable, or at least capable of succeeding.  They're not into "welp, we failed, but we learned a lot" results.  That's great science but poor investing.  They'll send a colonization mission to Mars as long as (A) somebody else goes first, or (B) it's a guaranteed money-maker, or in the case of governments, (C) somebody that we don't like has a good chance of getting there first.  And (C) won't happen because everybody that we don't like has way less money and resources than we do.

This mission's stated goal is to show that getting there is feasible in order to reawaken interest in looking at something other than our own feet.
 
2013-04-17 10:28:08 AM  
1.  Be a young, healthy, socially-inept virgin.
2.  Spend a few semesters abroad... in space.
3.  Come back a hero.
4.   Profit.  Pussy.
 
2013-04-17 10:33:44 AM  

Fukuzawa: Yeah, who'd want to have one of the most fantastic and unique experiences available in our lifetime? It's dangerous!


Um, you know you can go to the edge of space in a MiG for 50000$? That isn't fantastic and unique? Where are the geeks getting raging throbbers for that?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sET5uQ4PfQI&feature=related

(warning: stupid loud)

Oh, so it's about a "unique" experience, and not about the species and resources and stuff anymore. Well at least that's realistic.

How about a company getting an F-15 and doing "Streak Eagle" flights for passengers? Can be done right now, right here with '70s technology.

Why isn't it?

(And who said anything about "dangerous"?)

dittybopper: Yes, actually, I wouldn't mind seeing that, or at least going as deep as possible, just to day I've done it.


Well good, there's a world of difference between an amusement park ride and the kind of worship that some people have about space.

LovingTeacher: humanity's long term survival better ensured by going there I'd definitely go


Like this one...

You worried about humanity? What are you doing right now about it? And how would sending one or two test pilots in rubber suits to the most hostile environment known help with that?
 
2013-04-17 10:35:53 AM  
Okay, which of you jokers packed several cases of chili in the rations?
 
2013-04-17 10:36:17 AM  

over_and_done: in looking at something other than our own feet.


Yes, by looking at remote, barren, radiation-blasted hells with nothing on them. Brilliant. Do you think there are fully-stocked IKEAs and Home Depots waiting for you in space? There isn't even air for crap's sake.
 
2013-04-17 10:37:23 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Exactly. And given how quickly many other things started working with far less money and technology .... leads one to believe some things are less possible than others.


You realize folks have been trying to fund/find immortality for a LOT longer than folks have been trying to go to space, right?

This argument may not go where you want it to.
 
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