For a book I am ghostwriting, I'm researching how a Mars colony might support itself. Perchlorates in the martian soil can be refined out to produce solid rocket fuel. My question is -- how would the stuff be manufactured? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit
on Oct 2, 2013 -
I am looking for inspiring songs about being in Space, or Space Travel, or even just Science! in general. I want to make a playlist.
The only songs I can think of right now are Space Oddity and Rocketman, both of which are awesome songs but also completely depressing. I'm looking for songs that are more uplifting and inspirational.
posted by sandraregina
on Mar 19, 2013 -
Why are the lack-of-long-term-gravity health problems still an issue for space travel? Isn't it easily dealt with by designing craft that generate gravity by spinning? [more inside]
posted by jjderooy
on May 10, 2011 -
For the last two+ months, and until October, I've been living out of a suitcase as I make a move overseas. There are aspects of this transition that are starting to wear on me and I'm looking for cheap/free ways to cope. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Jul 17, 2010 -
I would like to write some basic software that, without any user input at all, simulates an event such as a crew traveling in space.
What do I need to learn in order to get from the "if launch was successful then print 'CONGRATULATIONS'" stage to the "if crew member #3 is depressed and she is co-pilot, then set $mistake_likelihood higher" level of detail? [more inside]
posted by circular
on Mar 3, 2010 -
If traveling from one place to another what is the range of Virgin Galactic's Space Ship two? [more inside]
posted by dstopps
on May 6, 2009 -
I'm trying to identify a book or short story I read at least 10 years ago. The bits I remember are that it was some kind of sci-fi story about a journey to another star. The star was probably Alpha Centauri. It was expected to be a very slow journey taking many years. [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow
on Apr 23, 2009 -
When I was a kid, my local library had a great selection of illustrated books focusing on the hypothectical future of space travel, life in space stations, space craft, planetary exploration. Some were pretty far out, but the most memorable were kind of "2001" in their theme and a bit more serious. After several google missions, and a swing through amazon's used and rare books, I've come up pretty much empty handed. Anyone else out there remember flipping through these books and planning your first trip to mars? Titles, authors, links or any hint what so ever would be appreciated!
posted by thehickmans
on Jul 6, 2007 -