Jack Bonner Space Blog: Are Humans Ready to Colonize TRAPPIST-1?

Jack Bonner has been obsessed with space and space travel since he was a little boy. He used to draw comics about a fictional planet within the Milky Way that was colonized by humans in the year 2119. Today, Jack Bonner writes about the newly-discovered TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system, and how the planets there could be a destination for human explorers in the future.

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It has been firmly established that Earth is not the only planet of its kind in the universe. However, it was previously thought that Earth-like planets are few and far between, with the closest being hundreds to thousands of light-years away. With the discovery of TRAPPIST-1’s planetary system, it now appears that Earth might have similar cousins much closer to home.

NASA had long known that TRAPPIST-1, an ultracool dwarf star just 39 light-years from Earth, had planets orbiting it. Last February, though, they announced that the star actually had seven planets, and that some of these planets are similar to Earth, both in terms of size and amount of energy received from their sun.

What are the implications of this discovery? This could mean that the planets are able to hold liquid water without it evaporating away. With water on the surface, it’s not far-fetched to think that life could develop on those planets, if it hasn’t started developing yet.

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Another implication is the possibility of human exploration and colonization. While 40 light-years are equivalent to almost 1.5 million years’ worth of space-shuttle travel, it’s possible that humans will develop a much faster mode of space travel in the distant future, just in time for them to witness the evolution of life as it starts. TRAPPIST-1 could also be a hospitable destination for human explorers seeking to escape the inevitable death of the sun, which, fortunately, won’t happen until more than five billion years from now.

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Jack Bonner Space Blog: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is for Real

Jack Bonner is a fan of all things related to space and space exploration. He has visited Cape Canaveral several times and each time went home with a deeper understanding of space travel. Today, Jack Bonner writes about the successful relaunch and landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, an event that is likely to have a major impact on the way space travel is being planned and done.

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The entrepreneur extraordinaire-Elon Musk-has pulled a hat trick that will potential fuel a significant in space exploration and travel.

Our big hurdles to further space exploration are just two ones-technology and cost. Bother may about equal significance in chance of significantly our manned robot exploration of space.

Space X is taking a great run at beginning to help with these hurdles-great news for the planet!

Growing up as a kid with a great fascination with spaces and rockets, I knew that space rockets were not meant to be reusable. The first stage contains engines and propellant, while the top stage contains the payload. Because the first stage weighs a lot, it must be discarded to help the top stage get to its destination, and so forth. More often than not, discarded rocket parts go straight into the ocean, which is sadly like buying a brand-new plane, flying it across the sea, and discarding it once it lands.

However, Elon Musk’s Space X has succeeded in relaunching a used rocket, named Falcon 9. And SpaceX’s achievement has some pretty far-reaching effects on the space industry.

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For instance, there are the obvious cost savings. The design and construction of new rockets to be used only once takes billions of dollars, and a reusable rocket will help governments and private clients, such as telecommunications companies, save a lot of money on construction costs. If Elon Musk’s timeline goes according to plan, tomorrow’s rockets could be used between 20 to 30 times, opening up the field to different industry players.

Falcon 9’s proprietary vertical landing capabilities, which had been in testing for the past few years, can also help ferry goods to and from planets like Mars, where the atmosphere is too thin for parachutes. Multiple rockets serving Mars should help humans visit the Red Planet, if not establish a viable colony, in a matter of years.

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Elon Musk, Space X, and Mars: The Future of Humankind

Jack Bonner knows that anybody who’s interested in space exploration has certainly heard about Elon Musk. Born in South Africa in 1971, Elon Musk became a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his start-up company, Zip2, to a division of Compaq Computers. He achieved further success by founding X.com in 1999, SpaceX in 2002 and Tesla Motors in 2003. Musk made headlines in May 2012 when SpaceX launched a rocket that would send the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station. Since then, Elon hasn’t stopped his dream of space exploration and its possibilities for humankind. Now, Elon Musk wants to go to Mars. And he wants you to help him get there.

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For years, Mr. Musk has been offering hints and teases of his desire to colonize the big red planet. During a speaking engagement at the International Astronautical Congress, Mr. Musk finally provided engineering details, optimistic timelines, and a video. Elon Musk said that the rockets and spacecraft in the video were pretty much what the public should expect SpaceX to build. He then estimated that it would cost $10 billion to develop the rocket, and he said the first passengers to Mars could take off as soon as 2024 if the plans went off without a hitch. For now, SpaceX is financing development costs of a few tens of millions of dollars a year, but eventually, the company would look to some kind of public-private partnership.

Each of the SpaceX vehicles would take 100 passengers on the journey to Mars, with trips planned every 26 months as Earth and Mars pass close to each other. Tickets per person might cost $500,000 at first, and drop to about a third of that later on, according to Elon Musk himself. To establish a self-sustaining Mars civilization of a million people would take 10,000 flights, with many more to ferry equipment and supplies.Mr. Musk was confident that his company could pull off his vision, but he said he would not be among the first colonists, saying he wants to see his children grow up.

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What do think of Elon Musk’s plan? Scientists have been warning us that our planet can eventually be uninhabitable if we don’t take care of it. Is Mars the next frontier for the human race? As exciting as all this sounds, it still sounds pretty expensive for the common folk. Half a million dollars is too much money for a one-way trip.

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Jack Bonner: Elon Musk’s Colonize Mars Plan

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Elon Musk has recently unveiled his ambitious yet amazing plan to colonize Mars and further, to save humanity. The modern day Tony Stark—which is surprisingly only the 83rd wealthiest person in the world—has called on investors with deep pockets and interests in space exploration to help him reach this goal. At the 67th annual International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, the visionary shared his fantasy to build a complete Interplanetary Transport System that will ferry people to and from Mars for a measly $200,000. That’s a huge drop from the $10 billion estimate right now to send a single person to Mars; but if there’s anyone who can make this audacious plan a reality it would be the CEO of Tesla Motors himself.

Currently, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has enjoyed a successful record of sending satellites into orbit. Recently however, around last month, the company had come under fire from no less than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself for destroying the social media company’s satellite. As reported in the news, SpaceX Falcon 9 had been carrying Facebook’s satellite which was imperative to furthering the social media network’s mission to connect millions of people around the world to the Internet. Falcon 9 had an admirable record of two dozen successful blastoffs and a single launch failure.

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As for Elon Musk’s plans for Mars, the engineer himself had said that plans for it could start as early as 2022, a mere six years from now. With an Interplanetary Transport System fully operational, he envisions the human race to become a space-faring civilization and a multi-planetary species as well. To the same crowd in Guadalajara, Mexico, he shared that as many as 100 people could fit SpaceX vehicles, and that the journey to Mars should roughly take about three months. By his estimate, a million people could inhabit Mars by 2060.

Reception for Elon Musk’s Mars colonization plan has mostly been positive, rousing even the most conservative of astronautical experts to fantasize what the future might hold for the human race. While right now it’s still hard to imagine what a self-sufficient city might be like in some place other than Earth, one only need to follow Elon Musk to expand his or her mind.

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Living on Mars as Imagined by Jack Bonner

With the current climate change crisis looming on all our futures, one would be pressed to think about the possibility of living in another planet. One owner of rocket companies says he will selling for the first trip (one way) to Mars starting after 2020 and costing only an estimated $500,000 (price reductions for subsequent flights may drop to the lower end of six figurers)Many scientists believe that in the near future, humans may be able to leave Earth to live on Mars.It may be that humans will ive on Mars before we live on the much nearer Moon. Mars is a completely hostile environment to human life, combining extreme cold with an unbreathable atmosphere and intense radiation. And while it is understood that the planet once had an atmosphere and lots of water, that was billions of years ago and so far no water has been found.

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One of the reasons for wanting to go to Mars is because of the spirit of exploration, setting foot on a new world and exploring the next great frontier, just like the Apollo astronauts did in the late 60s and early 70s. Learning about the astronauts who went to space set fire to people’s imagination. They were inspired to go to Mars and they actually entertained the idea of living there. Be warned, because Mars is located farther from the Sun than Earth, it will be a lot colder there. The average temperature on Mars is -63C. That’s about 120ºF colder than the temperature on Earth. The extra distance will also make the Sun look much smaller in the sky than it does from Earth. But don’t let the smaller-looking Sun and cold temperatures fool you; Mars lacks the protective ozone layer we have in Earth’s atmosphere, so you’re much more likely to be severely sunburned there.

Another reason for wanting to move to Mars is because we want to create a backup location for humanity, in the event that life on Earth becomes untenable due to things like Climate Change. We could also go there to search for additional resources like water, precious metals, or additional croplands in case we can no longer feed ourselves. Before you leave Earth, be sure to pack a lot of soap and cleaning materials. The “Red Planet” gets its nickname for the fine, red dust that covers Mars’ surface. It wouldn’t be so bad if the dust just settled on the ground. The problem is that frequent and intense dust storms big enough to cover the entire planet can throw dust up to 25 miles into the air and last for months at a time.

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In order to survive the lack of air pressure and the cold, humans will need pressurized and heated habitats. Martians, the terrestrial kind, will also need a spacesuit whenever they go outside. Every hour they spend outside will add to their radiation exposure, not to mention all the complications that exposure to radiation brings.

Jack Bonner: If You Can Live in Water, You Can Live in Space

Imagine living in outer space, where soaring above the earth and making your dwelling among the stars is a normal way of life. Research shows that today’s astronauts can actually learn more about life beyond the sky by looking down — specifically, peering into the deep blue sea, according to President Jack Bonner at A2W, who has a pronounced interest in astrophysics in addition to being a leading provider of third-party-advocacy services.

Some astronauts — more accurately called aquanauts — have been spending a lot of time under the sea at the Florida Keys recently. The time they are spending underwater here is helping them to prepare for living in space. This effort is part of the 21st mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Extreme Environment Mission Operations, also known as NEEMO (which fittingly may remind you of the popular cartoon fish with the same name, different spelling). The mission, which lasted 16 days, went well and is laying the groundwork for life in outer space.

While on the floor of the sea, 21 astronauts had the chance to pioneer complicated tasks using advanced science and underwater-navigation tools. The tasks were designed to mimic exploration travel on the planet Mars. For every six crew members who descended to their temporary home at the bottom of the ocean, another 12 or so researchers and support staff were working to keep the NEEMO mission going back on land.

In the ocean, astronauts had the opportunity to experience firsthand what it is like to live on the International Space Station. Engineers, scientists, and astronauts conducted experiments in an undersea habitat known as Aquarius and even went on dives that simulated spacewalks.

The benefit of these types of exercises is to give astronauts practice with handling both expected and unexpected scenarios on the red planet. For instance, sometimes equipment fails. In addition, communication can be a challenge, and oftentimes tasks might take more time than initially expected.

One piece of equipment that was tested was the mobiPV, which provides astronauts with personal video and audio instructions during short excursions away from the space station. Astronauts previously tested the mobiPV in other NEEMO missions as well as one time on the International Space Station, and the recent test run will have an impact on a brand new prototype’s design; this new prototype is slated to enter space next year. Another device that has been used under the ocean is the miniPCR, which is a system used to sequence DNA. This device will also make its way to outer space soon.

Being beneath the ocean is a perfect way for astronauts to get a feel for what it is like not only to live in outer space but also what it is like to be so far from the surface of the earth. In fact, one astronaut emphasized that it is easy to feel more like an alien than a human so far underwater. It takes about 16 hours for the underwater travelers to decompress and then return to the earth’s surface, which actually makes their journey home from the seafloor much longer than their journey home from the International Space Station. (The trip home from the space station takes a little more than three hours, and that includes undocking.) The mission is just another step toward potentially making life among the stars a reality for more people in the coming years, according to Jack Bonner.