Travelling in Style

Man going to Mars — this is what I think such an expedition ought to look like, but I know it won’t. (Click on the picture to open a full-size version.)


Opportunity’s feats

The NASA Mars Rover Opportunity has been traveling across the Martian surface for ten years, covering 40 km and thereby breaking a forty years’ old record for extraterrestrial rovers. Already at the beginning of its sojourn on the Red Planet, it quickly carried out its primary task: finding minerals that indicated the presence of liquid water in the distant past. And it still keeps on rolling.

Read more about Opportunity’s ongoing exploration here — link >>>

The Case for Female Astronauts

The preparations for a human expedition of Mars proceed along many research paths. One long-duration experiment in a Mars-base mock-up indicates that female astronauts would consume considerably less food than male ones. Also, the smaller size of their bodies provides an advantage when working in cramped zero-G accommodations and females appear to be generally more able to cope with long-term isolation. All in all important factors when equipping and crewing a spaceship whose voyage will last for a year or two.

Read more about this research here — link >>>

Scientist Kate Greene outside the Mars-base mock-up on Mauna Loa, Hawaii.

Musik till Wolframfästet

I innevarande och några kommande nummer av speltidningen Fenix publiceras artiklar om min barockfuturistiska SF-kampanj Aftonvärlden/Wolframfästet. Av en tillfällighet hittade jag animationer hos Animusic av fantastiska musikinstrument på webben. Ett klipp passade precis ihop med kampanjmiljöns stämning. Tyvärr kan jag inte lägga upp den här direkt, men klicka på den här länken: Resonant Chamber Music >>>

Så här ser det märkliga instrument ut: