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    Lockheed Martin Mars Base Camp

    Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Mars Base Camp is the name for Lockheed Martin's planned crewed space station orbiting Mars. On Friday, the aerospace and defense company offered new details for its Martian space station, including plans for a surface lander.

    The lander, dubbed Mars Ascent/Descent Vehicle, or MADV, would ferry space station crew members down to the surface of the Red Planet for brief expeditions.

    "Each surface mission could last two weeks with up to four astronauts, and return to the orbiting Mars Base Camp without surface refueling or leaving assets behind," Lockheed Martin explains on their website.


    U.S. and Russia agree on working on a lunar orbiting space station

    The US and Russia are going to team up for a space station near the Moon that will provide a starting point for future deep space exploration.

    NASA and Roscosmos, the respective space agencies, said they had signed an agreement on the “deep space gateway”, which for now is still in the planning stages.

    The idea of the deep space gateway is to provide a place where astronauts can test the systems needed to go into deep space, including trips to Mars. It will also be a place where astronauts can experience extended time in space, but still be within a few days of planet Earth.

    Elon Musk's new Mars plan

    Elon Musk thinks he’s figured out a way to pay the billions of dollars in development costs for his Mars colonization plans: Shrink the size of the rockets and spaceships so they can pull double duty on missions closer to home.

    In a speech Friday at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia, the SpaceX chief executive showed off new specs for the rocket and spaceship system known for now as BFR, a reference to how big the vehicles still would be.

    Under the new plan, the rocket and spaceship each will measure about 30 feet in diameter. When stacked on top of each other, they will be about 500 feet tall.

    Here's hoping we get going places!
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    Originally posted by Rusakov View Post
    the SpaceX chief executive showed off new specs for the rocket and spaceship system known for now as BFR, a reference to how big the vehicles still would be.
    LOL! Big f*cking Rocket! Lovin' it!

    I've not been keeping up with this new 'commercialized' space-race that much, only enough to point out that it has been said that if we are ever to reach the other planets and one day possibly colonize them, it is going to be big business that takes us there, and not the government. Whatever else happens, one thing is certain. We live in some very exciting times.
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    I am NOT the one who put hoofprints on grandma's forehead! So leave OFF already! K? Thanks!

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