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Future Space Colony on Titan?

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, Saturn, and Titan

Instead of just sending humans on a one-shot mission to look for life on the surface, a new paper envisions a future outpost on Titan that could generate power for years.

     NASA and Elon Musk’s SpaceX are focused on getting astronauts to Mars and even one day establishing a colony on the Red Planet — but what if their attention is better directed elsewhere? A new paper in the Journal of Astrobiology & Outreach suggests that humans should
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instead establish a colony on Titan, a soupy orange moon of Saturn that has been likened to an early Earth, and which may harbor signs of “life not as we know it.”

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Obama: Humans to Mars by the 2030s

Obama: Humans to Mars by the 2030s
Obama set a “clear goal” to send humans to Mars by the 2030s and to have them return to Earth safely”

     President Barack Obama has his eyes on the stars — or more accurately — a planet.

In an op-ed published Tuesday on CNN, Obama set a “clear goal” to send humans to Mars by the 2030s and to have them return to Earth

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safely, “with the ultimate ambition to one day remain there for an extended time.”

“Someday, I hope to hoist my own grandchildren onto my shoulders. We’ll still look to the stars in wonder, as humans have since the beginning of time,” Obama wrote. “But instead of eagerly awaiting the return of our intrepid explorers, we’ll know that because of the choices we make now, they’ve gone to space not just to visit, but to stay — and in doing so, to make our lives better here on Earth.”

Achieving the goal, Obama added, will “require continued cooperation between government and private innovators” — a collaboration that will begin in the coming years when companies send astronauts to the International Space Station. …

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Mars Colonists Must ‘Live Off the Land’

Mars Colonists Must 'Live Off the Land'

      Long-term human colonization of Mars is feasible, as long as Red Planet pioneers “live off the land,” a recent NASA report concludes.

“There are massive resources on Mars obtainable from the

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atmosphere and extracted from the regolith which are capable of supporting human colonization,” write the authors of the report, which is called “Frontier In-Situ Resource Utilization for Enabling Sustained Human Presence on Mars.”

Using Martian resources, existing technologies could supply water, oxygen, fuel and building materials, the report adds, “to relax the dependence on Earth during the buildup of a colony on Mars.”

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Buzz Aldrin’s Master Plan for Colonizing Mars | VIDEO

Buzz Aldrin's Master Plan for Colonizing Mars

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      Aldrin, 85, who was the second person to walk on the moon in 1969, is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology to create an actionable plan for getting humans to Mars in the next quarter century. […]

Mars is located approximately 140 million miles away from Earth, which translates to about nine months of space travel to get to the Red Planet.

While some initiatives like the private Mars One bill the possible trip as a one-way mission, Aldrin said he believes humans could go on ten year tours of duty with the intent of returning to Earth.

Part of the plan, which Aldrin has dubbed “Cycling Pathways to Occupy Mars,” involves Phobos and Deimos, Mars’ two moon. The idea is the moons could serve as first stops for astronauts before reaching humans finally reach the Red Planet. Aldrin said he hopes NASA will be interested in his plan and also intends to ask for international feedback. […]

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