Monthly Archives: April 2013

Trip to Mars/Moon Part 5 – My Thoughts

Okay so my thoughts on a Trip to the Moon or Mars… Remember these are just my thoughts – I can’t speak for anyone else!

Personally I think it would be wise for us to go back and learn to live on the moon before trying to go to Mars. Yes we’ve been to the Moon but it was really for a short time comparative to the amount of time we will be required to spend on Mars if we travel there. 

Physiologically the biggest concern is radiation. Already have astronauts maxing out on the lifetime “allowable” radiation by safety standards just by a few stay on ISS and ISS is protected by the Van Allen radiation belts. We definitely have our work cut out for us in this arena if we want our Mars space travelers to remain healthy. So far I have yet to hear a plan from anyone who is talking about a trip to Mars detail anything that will adequately mitigate the radiation concern.

As far as the one-way ticket goes… I am quite certain there are lots of people who will willingly sign up for this. I do have to admit though – there is no way I will be one of them and for a wide variety of reasons. It’s not just because of the one-way factor, though admittedly it is part of it because let’s face it if that doesn’t come to play in you decision in some way I wonder how much you’ve really thought about it. The idea of training for 7 years for this mission is not something I would be willing to undertake in the way it’s being set-up. I have NO interest in being part of a reality show. However I know many people would love to be on a reality TV show so I suspect that won’t necessarily be a mitigating factor for many. Given that many people just want their 12 seconds of fame I actually think it’s smart for the company to be charging a fee to submit their application video. 

Ken and I actually talked about the couple traveling to Mars trip and while that sounds like a great adventure I am not sure we’re quite ready to sign up for that one yet either 😉 It’s a very ambitious plan and I am just not sure the date they have listed is realistic given all the obstacles there are to figure out before travel to Mars is possible.

Bottom line though – I am excited to see various companies and lots of people excited about a trip to Mars (and the Moon) and I think it’s an absolutely FANTASTIC thing for people to be getting excited about it. Hopefully with the excitement will come to the will to figure out these engineering challenges of the trip and make it happen! It’s time for us to explore beyond low Earth Orbit!!

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Trip to Mars/Moon… Part 4

So this is the last installment that is pretty much strictly general stuff about an article in regards to a private trip to the Moon or Mars… The next blog will give you some of my thoughts too I promise! Why am I doing it this way? Well because I want you guys to think about what it means to each of YOU without my thoughts to bias you – I know you all have some amazing thoughts and would love for you to explore those!

There’s a private firm, Golden Spike Company, who is planning trip to the moon by 2020. This one is a bit pricey though… the pricetag is about 1.5 billion dollars for 2 people. There are a lot of details that they have not figured out but it sounds like they are going to capitalize on a booster that has already been created by another commercial company.

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Trip to Mars/Moon… Part 3

Okay so I know this started off as a Trip to Mars series but I thought I would expand it slightly because lets face it… most of us have never been to space and the idea of going to The Moon is perhaps just as enticing as to Mars (perhaps even more enticing depending on who you are)…

Bigelow Aerospace has for years been working on the idea of a Lunar Base. NASA is strapped with this whole asteroid idea so they can’t put any effort into a Moon Base but it looks like commercial may be the way to go with this anyway.

As of now I don’t think Bigelow has announced any plans to send private citizens to the moon but who knows… maybe they will jump on the idea as so many others are of making this more mainstream… 

If they did – would you go to live in a Lunar Colony?


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Trip to Mars…. Part 2

So in my previous post I posted about a company who is offering a one-way trip to Mars for a reality show… The “opportunity” in the following article is a little different.

Dennis Tito was the first private space tourist. He paid a VERY hefty sum of money to the Russians to take a trip with them on the Soyuz to ISS.  He now wants to send a man and a woman (potentially a married couple) on a roundtrip around Mars in 2018. (Note this vehicle will not land.) Given the ideal line-up of the planets at this time the trip will be a “mere” 501 days and the whole trip will happen regardless of what happens to the inhabitants of the capsule.

Obviously this is very ambitious and will be quite expensive but I love that Tito’s thought on this is ” …I will come out a lot poorer as a result of this mission but my grandchildren will come out a lot richer for the inspiration it will give them.” So much truth in that statement….

Here’s a humorous blog of one man’s thoughts on if it was him and his wife on the Mars journey. (Caution – there is a little but of rough language in here.) I just had to share this one because I literally laughed out loud at it!

Are you wondering what my thoughts are on all of these ideas of going to Mars? Well for right now I want you to come up with your own ideas (I don’t want to taint them!) and then I will give you my thoughts eventually I promise 🙂

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Trip to Mars? Part 1….

Lately several different ventures have popped up that are soliciting folks who are interested in traveling to Mars. Each of these are a bit different and interesting in their own way. I’ll do my best to explore these a bit one by one on this blog as I find them.

Check out this article about Mars One

Reality TV certainly has become a big moneymaker these days so perhaps this group is really onto a unique way to fund this. I suspect lots of people will submit an application video in spite of the fact that there is a fee to do so.

Going to Mars would certainly be an incredible adventure…. Would you be willing to take a 1 way ticket to do so?

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A Great Week for Mission Discovery Planning

This past week was a crazy busy one (especially for being home and not on travel working) even by my standards! But it was a great week! I am excited to say that we have a lot of amazing things in work that I am very very excited about.

We are working hard to expand Mission Discovery to many more places so more people have the opportunity to get to attend the program and experience this incredibly unique event. It is official that we will have a Mission Discovery at Valparaiso University July 21-25, 2014. Yes I know that seems a ways away but it’s great because it gives us plenty of time to plan! We are working on the promotional materials for it right now and I will share those with all of you as soon as they are done.

I’m also excited about some more possibilities that I have been working on very actively but I can’t give you any details yet because they have not been confirmed and are still in the “working to make it a definite planned event” stage. What I can tell you is that I am working on potentially 2 different Mission Discovery programs on the East Coast of the US – one of these will be slightly different than the usual 5 day program… But again you will have to wait a bit longer before I can give you more information on those.

I’m also excited about a couple additional prospects for summer of 2013 in the UK. No details yet but some definite real possibilities…

Am I driving you crazy with giving you teasers of information but no solid information? If so I’m sorry about that but I do promise that I will give you all information about all of these things as soon as I can!

Now back to an evening of relaxing for me because hopefully this week will have lots more Mission Discovery planning work in store for me!

Hope you’ve all had a good weekend!

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On This Day in History…

Today is a historic anniversary for space that is honestly celebrated around the world… The beauty of today is that it’s not just 1 anniversary – it’s 2 special space anniversaries. 

On April 12, 1961 Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. This day is celebrated annually with Yuri’s Day and celebrations alla round the world. In Russia it is National Cosmonautics Day
Chris Hadfield had a wonderful message from ISS for Yuri’s Day. Check it out here

I was not alive to witness this first launch of man into space but I was alive to see the second big space milestone of today – the launch of the first space shuttle, STS-1, on April 12, 1981. In fact that was what inspired me to want to work in “the space business” in any way I could.

These events were major milestones in the History of Human Spaceflight and there have been more in between those and along the way. I must admit though the events I most look forward to are the major milestones that have yet to happen in Human Spaceflight that I have the feeling are just over the horizon….


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Mission Discovery Embry Riddle

Mission Discovery Embry Riddle

Ever wanted to spend a week working with an astronaut? Have an opportunity to compete to have an experiment of YOURS sent into space? Interested in a visit to Florida? Well I have just the thing for you then… Mission Discovery at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach Florida in late July 2013.

Come participate in an incredibly unique week long experience and see a fantastic Aerospace University with 2 “spacey” grads – astronaut Nicole Stott and myself!

Register today (April 10th) and get a $50 discount! Spread the word to as many people as you can! Let’s make the first Mission Discovery in the US… dare I say it…. OUT OF THIS WORLD!!


Embry Riddle Patch

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Join Us to See the Space Centers in Houston &/Or Florida

Join Us to See the Space Centers in Houston &/Or Florida

Ever want to check out Johnson Space Center in Houston and/or Kennedy Space Center in Florida? Here’s your chance to do so with other space enthusiasts and me! I have been fortunate enough to lead several of these trips for various groups of folks and we have some additional trips coming up… There are still spaces available for Houston & Florida in June if you want to join us! I can promise you lots of great space stuff, good food, great sightseeing and the chance to meet amazing people from NASA (including some astronauts!)

Don’t delay though… You certainly don’t want to miss out on this! Check out the link for full details!

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Everybody Loves an Astronaut

Don’t know if you all have seen these commercials from Axe but we think they are hilarious!! I especially love this one because I was in high school in the area that Bryce Drew was (and my school played his) so I have always been a big fan of his. Obviously he went on to play at Valparaiso University as well and I remember this actual shot very well!

I think this commercial is so timely too for me… We are currently working hard on all the details for a Mission Discovery at Valparaiso University in July of 2014 so stay tuned for those! In the meantime check out the video for a good laugh!

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