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Humans to Mars in a Decade?

It's a new space race, only this time, it's not countries vying for bragging rights to be the first o
Humans to Mars in a Decade?
By Joost Schuur • Issue #9 • View online
It’s a new space race, only this time, it’s not countries vying for bragging rights to be the first ones somewhere in space, but commercial space exploration companies. First president Gwynne Shotwell spoke at Ted 2018 about SpaceX reaching Mars within a decade, and then Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg quickly followed up the next day too, hopeful that they would put the first humans on Mars within the next decade. The original space race helped NASA get the funding and public support it needed back in the day. Does this new rivalry between SpaceX and Boeing help either of them?
Meanwhile, NASA’s own time frame is still stuck at humans somewhere near Mars in the 2030s…
Elon Musk did give us a glimpse of just how big the BFR spaceship might be via Instagram. What exactly is he showing us? ArsTechnica notes it could be a ‘mandrel, or mold, around which carbon fiber is wound for the main body of the spaceship’.
Less than three weeks to go until the NASA Mars InSight mission launches. It’s always interesting to read the names and backgrounds of  the team that makes these missions possible, and NASA has a great starting point for some of the people on the InSight project.
HiRES’ Beautiful Mars Tumblr has been on fire this past week with some real beauties, starting with The Moving Sands of Lobo Vallis, followed by Dunes Flowing Like Martian Wine (my personal favorite, shown below), It’s Not Only Hearts That Can Break and Dunes in Western Medusae Fossae.

Exploration
Inside the Cleanroom Where NASA’s New Mars Lander Waits to Launch
NASA Begins Building Next Mars Rover for 2020 Launch
The Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Presses On in Perseverance, Pace Picks Up
Beautiful Mars
Dunes Flowing Like Martian Wine
Dunes Flowing Like Martian Wine
Science & Tech
Bringing Forward Mars Polar Science
Mars Express v2.0
Martian Mega Impact: Mineral Found on Mars Could Solve Age-Old Mystery
How to create and destroy methane on Mars
Space Policy
So, what about Mars?
Mars Anlog
The Habitat by Gimlet Media
Popular Culture
John Krasinski Plans Sci-Fi Thriller 'Life on Mars' With 'Quiet Place' Team
Misc
So You Want to Go to Mars?  Episode 1: International Space Station
So You Want to Go to Mars? Episode 1: International Space Station
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