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Offline Blackstar

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What is the mean time between failure for the existing water purification system on the ISS?

Online Chris Bergin

Notes the increasing amount of new vehicles in dev (Commercial Crew). Really are multiple options for what we need.

SLS and Orion are required for Mars for the scientists. But every 15 years WE can fly by Mars.

Says he got an e-mail from a six year old who sent 10 bucks as a donation (ATK Liberty promo video redux). "This is my Apollo". (Six years old?? Bit bright for a six year old.)

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What is the mean time between failure for the existing water purification system on the ISS?

Well - that and mean time to repair ...


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I prepared some quotes for some press interviews this morning, as 'talking points', so if anybody needs to use them, feel free:

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 Somebody has to 'push the envelope' to see where they bump into a hard wall, since NASA has become disinclined to take such risks. And perhaps it's too much to expect NASA to be willing to accept the likely price of failure.
 
 I'm proud that there are people who really understand the risks
and the consequences who are willing to step up and take a swing at it.
 
 It took us years to realize, after the euphoria of Apollo, that we still had no clues at all how tough the manned interplanetary mission would be.
 
 Space station experience brought those lessons home, and then offered
the venue to practice solutions to them.
 
 Going directly to Mars right after Apollo would have been suicide.
 
 But now it's merely extremely risky -- about as dangerous as Apollo was
when Kennedy committed to that goal in 1961.
 
 To a largely unrecognized degree, NASA's quiet methodical plodding on the ISS has finally flight-tested and verified the life support hardware for such a long flight with no rest or repair stops.
 
 And we shouldn't overlook that the Russians have verified
the human factor with their own bold 500 day ground simulation.

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Clark talking about free falling from Mars upper atmosphere?
« Last Edit: 02/27/2013 05:33 PM by simonbp »

Online Chris Bergin

Representing the academia element.

"This is going to be the Apollo 8 moment for the next generation."

Have to keep the crew alive for just shy of 1.5 years in space. But we have a lot to go on via experience. We know crews can survive micro g via long duration.

Going to have to contend with radiation.

Online Chris Bergin

Notes some medical ideas about reducing radiation problems.

"It's a concern, but it's not a showstopper".


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They're contending with radiation potentially with free-radical scavengers. (Such a good idea, it's the ideal solution to the radiation challenge, IMHO. Unfortunately it seems it's overlooked compared to the more sexy over-engineer-the-spacecraft approach...)
« Last Edit: 02/27/2013 05:37 PM by Robotbeat »
Chris  Whoever loves correction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

To the maximum extent practicable, the Federal Government shall plan missions to accommodate the space transportation services capabilities of United States commercial providers. US law http://goo.gl/YZYNt0

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More on keeping the crew healty, from Jane Pointer. Oooh, she's English! :)

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"It's a really long road trip, in an RV and you can't get out for a year and a half."

3000 pounds of dehydrated food. "Hmmmmmmmmm, yummy!" (she said that, honest!).

They'll have to do hours of exercise per day. And they will have to be able to maintain the life support system.

Online Chris Bergin

We must have robustness in our life support system.

"Once they've left planet Earth, they ain't getting off that bus".

Now on to mental health. Longest stay in space is 438 days. Seen the completion of Mars 500. Also notes Antarctica bases.

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3000 pounds of dehydrated food. "Hmmmmmmmmm, yummy!" (she said that, honest!).

Just need to loop that soundbite.

Online Chris Bergin

Worked on Biosphere 2. Depression set in during the third quarter. Crew hardly spoke to each other. Could have been dangerous.

Will be offering the crew mental health support, as well as a lot of training before the mission.

Crew selection process will be rigorous.

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She's gone off on a tangent now. Oh, she's talking about her great marriage with her husband and thus they will need a strong couple.

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she seems slightly eccentric.

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Couldn't have they used an... *actual* image of Mars instead of that cartoonish globe?

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"Man and a woman is important because it represents humanity. And it represents our children, because they will see themselves reflected in that crew. It's all about our children."

Imagine a 13 year old girl, sending a tweet about a woman on near Mars.

This is getting really fluffy.

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Couldn't have they used an... *actual* image of Mars instead of that cartoonish globe?

Yeah, that's pretty goofy.

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she seems slightly eccentric.
I can't help but suspect that anyone who was cooped up with 'warring factions' for 500 days would be slightly eccentric.

Besides, if she's a Brit??? They're *ALL* eccentric!!! (Hi Chris!)

I have to wonder how effective remote psychological support will be, especially when the comm lag is at the highest...
"I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact." -Elon Musk
"We're a little bit like the dog who caught the bus" - Musk after CRS-8 S1 successfully landed on ASDS OCISLY

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