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!).
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
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.