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  1. I think the public would absolutely accept a Phobos mission, so long as it was promoted as a prelude to landing on Mars. And can you imagine the kinds of pictures the astronauts would send home? The surface of an asteroid, with a giant red planet dominating the sky above them... it would be a scene straight out of classic sci-fi.
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    Russian Launch and Mission Thread

    Not working for me either.
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    Russian Launch and Mission Thread

    Already being discussed here.
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    Russian Launch and Mission Thread

    Someone pressed the spacebar a bit too early.
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    The Hubble Space Telescope is fixed

    Older design, yes, but I thought the current version would also have a cargo variant with this capability. Hubble is 4.2m wide, so it should fit inside for repairs or recovery, right?
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    The Hubble Space Telescope is fixed

    I would hope BFR is capable of doing EVAs! With 100+ people on board, you can't exactly decompress the whole ship to do repairs.
  7. Good news is, it's almost over.
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    Colonising Mars and a meme I found

    The way I see it, it's not about preserving humans as a species, but human civilization. Yeah, a post-apocalyptic Earth will still be more habitable than Mars, but that doesn't do a lot of good if you have hordes of Mad Max-style reavers killing and plundering at will. It'd take decades or centuries for things to settle down enough to rebuild in a meaningful way, and any "doomsday backups" (whatever that means in this context) on the surface would be ripe for plundering in the meantime. Whereas if we have self-sufficient space colonies, civilization still exists and rebuilding Earth will be easier to organize and execute.
  9. Chris Hadfield mentioned this in his book, An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. When you're relying on a small ship like the Soyuz to take your people to space, you really can't afford to bring along people who can't do five different jobs themselves. Whereas with a larger ship like the shuttle, you have enough legroom to bring along mission specialists who aren't really qualified to operate the ship itself, but are nonetheless useful because of a few skills that make them valuable for the mission. So it's the size of the ship that determines what kind of people you can bring, and I don't see why that alone should reflect whether someone on board counts as a "real" astronaut. When we have regular space tourism happening, then we can talk about whether someone counts as a passenger or an astronaut.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    There's a chance. Just not a very good one.
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    BFS still has engine-out capability, only needs 3 engines for landing! When asked when he personally might go to space, Elon jokes(?) that he might accompany Yasuka on the flight...
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    "It's 2018, why is there no base on the damn moon!"
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    SpaceX Discussion Thread

    Elon estimates development cost for BFR is around $5 billion.