Archive for the 'Future of Space Exploration' Category

Sci-Fi Science – Galactic Colonization

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the second episode of the second season of Dr. Michio Kaku’s renowned and highly acclaimed documentary series “Sci Fi Science” and explore the exciting possibility of creating a galactic civilization.

In this exciting episode of Sci Fi Science, Dr. Michio Kaku comes up with some very intriguing plans for expanding humanity’s presence throughout the Milky Way Galaxy.

Sci-Fi Science Physics of the Impossible -Galactic Colonization


Living on the Moon

“If God wanted man to become a spacefaring species, He would have given man a moon.” ~ Krafft Ehricke

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present a fascinating episode from the National Geographic Channel’s documentary series “Naked Science”.

In this instalment of “Naked Science” we look at the exciting possibility of using our celestial neighbour, the Moon, as a stepping stone that will allow humanity to colonise the solar system and beyond.

Last November, the dream of colonizing the Moon and solar system, came a step closer to reality with the exciting discovery of substantial amounts of water ice in the permanently shadowed Cabeus crater near the Moon’s South Pole. The LCROSS spacecraft and a companion rocket stage made twin impacts in the Cabeus crater on October 9th, 2009 that created a plume of material from the bottom of a crater that has not seen sunlight in billions of years. This important discovery justifies our returning to the Moon before the end of the next decade.

The Moon will play an important role in humanity’s future expansion into space. A revitalized manned lunar exploration over the next ten years is the only next logical step if our planetary culture is truly going to evolve into a spacefaring civilization.

Living On The Moon Part 1

Living On The Moon Part 2

New Ways To Explore Space II

Heres some real innovation, NASA is offering to buy Luna data from a commercial provider:

 Astrobotic Technology, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-off company devoted to robotic exploration of the Moon, announced that it will pursue NASA’s offer to buy up to $10 million in data from a commercial lunar lander mission. The space agency announced its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) program today with a total budget of $30 million.

The company’s first expedition will revisit Apollo 11 in December 2012 to claim a trifecta: up to $10 million in NASA data purchases, up to $24 million in the Google Lunar X Prize, and Florida’s $2 million bonus for launching from that state. The mission will connect the Internet to the Moon, deliver HD video in 3D, carry payloads and convey the experience to the world……

New Ways to Explore Space

Does exploring space really require big expensive space probes? Maybe not any more. Consider:

Nanosatellites. Small satellites between 1-10 kilograms. 

Solar Sails like the Japanese IKAROS

Inexpensive nanosat launchers.

Put all of it together and robotic space exploration becomes possible for small nations and organizations.

Exodus Earth – Venus

Venus is a hellish planet and within our solar system the world that is most reminiscent of Dante’s vision of Inferno. Today with our host physicist Dr. Basil Singer we explore the possibility of colonizing Venus.

Venus is perhaps the most difficult planet in the solar system that we could possibly colonize. Yet, the colonization of Venus has been a subject of much speculation and many works of science fiction since before the dawn of spaceflight, and is still much discussed. Are floating cloud cities hovering over Venus’ hellish surface in our future?

Exodus Earth – Venus

Exodus Earth – Titan

Today on Discovery Enterprise we begin a brand new series of exciting documentaries entitled “Exodus Earth” hosted by British physicist Dr. Basil Singer. In this series Dr. Singer explores one very important question – If Earth became uninhabitable, where would humans live?

With Dr. Basil Singer we explore the question does humanity have a future in the Cosmos beyond its planetary home the Earth. In Exodus Earth, the six-part series we investigate if humans could possibly call Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Jupiter’s moons Callisto and Gliese 581c home in the future.

In the name of science, Dr. Singer subjects himself to extreme temperatures; tests new survival technologies designed to keep humans alive in harsh environments; suffers the rigors of travel in zero gravity; explores ideas for new human habitats in the sky; and more.

Exodus Earth – Titan

Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets

Today on Discovery Enterprise we take an imaginary grand tour of the Solar System with an international crew of five astronauts aboard the nuclear thermal rocket spacecraft Pegasus.

Their mission is a collaboration of the NASA, CSA, ESA and РКА space agencies and takes the crew to Venus, Mars, a close flyby of the Sun, Jupiter’s moons of Io and Europa, Saturn’s moon of Titan, Pluto, and the fictional Comet Yano-Moore. Most of the planetary destinations the crew reaches are followed by a manned landing there. Prior to the mission large tanks of Hydrogen were deposited in stable orbits around the planets to allow the crew to refuel to have sufficient delta-v for the multi-year mission.

The crew encounter many hardships and disappointments along the way. A Venus EVA that almost ends in disaster when the lander Orpheus encounters launch delays, a Titan probe that fails after deployment and the loss of samples from Jupiter’s moon Io all test the crew’s resolve. The most devastating blow comes when the ship’s medical officer dies of solar radiation-induced cancer in Saturn orbit, forcing the crew to decide whether to continue the mission to Pluto, or abort and return to Earth. In the original British release, the crew decides to press on to Pluto, making history. The American version, broadcast on the Science Channel, was trimmed for length, the crew deciding to turn back at this stage rather than continue. The programme is narrated by David Suchet.

Space Odyssey: Voyage To The Planets was released in the United States as Voyage To The Planets And Beyond. The television show Defying Gravity, a multi-nationally produced space travel television drama series, first aired on August 2, 2009 on ABC and CTV and canceled in the fall of 2009 was based on this docudrama.

Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets Part One

Space Odyssey: Voyage to the Planets Part Two