Making Life Multiplanetary, part two

Making Life Multiplanetary, part two

September 29, 2017

On September 29th at the International Astronautical Congress Elon Musk presented more details on his and Space X’s plans on how to go to mars.

First re-launch and re-landing of a first stage rocket

First re-launch and re-landing of a first stage rocket

March 30, 2017

After successfully landing the first stage of the CRS-8 mission on April 8, 2016 Space X successfully re-launched and then re-landed the first stage for the first time in history.

You can find the launch at around 18 minutes and the landing of the first stage at around 27 minutes.

SpaceX announces plan to visit Mars

SpaceX announces plan to visit Mars

September 27, 2016

At the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk presented for the first time his plans how mankind will be able to travel regularly to Mars. The first mission (witout people and solely to gather data) will fly in 2018 on a Red Dragon powered by a Falcon Heavy. Ultimately the goal is to launch the “Interplanetary Transport System” that can be relaunched in a matter of hours and carry a hundred people on each trip. By using this reusable system and being able to carry many people the ticket price could be reduced down to $200,000 per person.

SpaceX lands first stage out at sea

SpaceX lands first stage out at sea

April 8, 2016

This was the first time Space X managed to land the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge at sea. The rocket was launched from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla and landed on the droneship “Of Course I Still Love You” situated in the Atlantic Ocean.

For just the landing start watching 27 minutes into the webcast.

TED: Your kids might live on Mars

TED: Your kids might live on Mars

March 2016

In this TED talk Stephen Petranek touches on many interesting topics ranging from when he believes we will get there (in 20 years with SpaceX) and how we will survive once there. He mentions the essential things for humans on mars: food, water, shelter, clothing and oxygen.

SpaceX lands first stage

SpaceX lands first stage

December 21, 2015

On this date Space X managed to land the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket for the first time. It was landed on solid ground at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

For just the landing start watching 32 minutes into the webcast.

SpaceX’s first successful launch

SpaceX’s first successful launch

September 28, 2008

After three previous failed a attempts SpaceX successfully launched its first ever rocket, the Falcon 1, to orbit. Elon Musk has since stated that this was the last try at launching a rocket as their funds were completely dry at this stage.

Viking 1

Viking 1

August 20, 1975

Viking 1 entered into a Mars orbit on June 19, 1976. In order to find a good landing location it began taking pictures of the surface and then made that landing the next day in location Chryse Planitia. It was the second ever landing of a manmade craft on the surface of Mars and the first lander to function over a long period of time.

The lander took weather readings and soil samples using a scoop.

Mars 4-6

Mars 4-6

July 21, 1973 to August 5, 1973

Mars 4, 5 and 6 all mostly failed due to faulty micro chips but they did manage to collect data proving Mars has an ionosphere as well as measuring a 6.7 milbar surface atmospheric pressure (Earth has an average of 1 bar).