--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "John C. Snider"
> I recently coordinated a "virtual panel discussion" with three
> fiction luminaries - Geoffrey A. Landis, M.M. Buckner and Adam
> to discuss NASA's plans for a return to the moon, and humanity's
> term prospects for exploration of the solar system. I don't post
> often, but I thought you might be interested...
Any private firm that has had the disasters that Nasa has had
would be bankrupt. The space station that is a money black hole
with any future payoff doubtful and the possiblity that a sun
flare could kill all the occupants plus the fact we CANNOT go there
after the shuttle is scrubbed.
In the 50s when we developed missiles we set goals letting all the
private firms send in propposals. In new developements you get a 5-10%
To go to mars with people you have to go over 750kms
the velocity of the solar wind, You need a plasm engine using
the ionized hydrogen and helium elements. The ions go out 40,000 miles
where you reach a turbalent barrier where temps reach a million