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SpaceX Mars mission details published in New Space journal

Elon Musk posted details on SpaceX's Mars mission design in the form of an article in the peer review
SpaceX Mars mission details published in New Space journal
By Joost Schuur • Issue #7 • View online
Elon Musk posted details on SpaceX’s Mars mission design in the form of an article in the peer reviewed journal New space titled ’Making Life Multi-Planetary’. It’s a summary of his presentation at the 68th International Astronautical Congress back in September 2017, and it not only provides details on the BFR’s updated design but, importantly, presents a plan for how to pay for it.
Even with the 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference over, we’re still seeing more content come out of it, including two pieces by a Martian Soil favorite and creator of the We Martians podcast, Jake Robins. Not only does his latest episode take a look at what we can learn from Mars analogs, but he also guest blogged at the Planetary Society about… uhm… ‘stuff falling downhill’ (his words, not mine!).
NASA continue to crank up the pre launch coverage for the InSight mission. If you can’t catch them during their California road tour between now and May 19th, there’s a new mission overview video and an hour long news briefing with key team members behind the mission.
This week wasn’t without drama in the Mars community, as Inverse posted a long researched piece on the state of Mars One, prompting a big rebuttal thread by Mars One finalist Ryan MacDonald. I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of this. I think a huge amount of healthy skepticism is merited, but everyone deserves a chance to back up their words with actions.
Finally, in one of those weird coincidences, both ESA and NASA held parachute tests for their next Mars rover missions last week.
PS: Speaking of Inverse, they have a new space podcast! The first episode of I Need My Space comes out April 3rd.

Jezero Crater, image editing by Seán Doran
Jezero Crater, image editing by Seán Doran
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Mars One finalist and astrophysicist Ryan MacDonald posted a big rebuttal Twitter thread to the Inverse article on them:
Ryan MacDonald #FBPE
@PAYOLETTER Unfortunately, this is one of the least accurate and most misinformed articles I have read on Mars One in years. Full of sweeping unsubstantiated claims and no mention of the technical studies by @ParagonSDC funded by Mars One. Happy to provide a list of corrections via DM.
5:47 PM - 29 Mar 2018
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Mars Anlog
Nathalie Cabrol Searches the Earth for the Secrets of Life on Mars
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Calgary engineer returns from mission to Mars via Utah
#LPSC2018: Mars mass wasting in the laboratory
Wind exposed layers, via Lori Fenton
Wind exposed layers, via Lori Fenton
Science & Tech
NASA is already working out what astronauts will eat on Mars
Mars Travel Could Become Easier with New Air-Breathing Thruster from ESA
'Marsquakes' Could Shake Up Planetary Science
Misc
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BFR TRAILER: Elon Musk's Real Reason for Colonizing Mars with SpaceX
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