I’ve neglected this blog over the past few months/ years. My initial intention for having this sort of outlet was for it to be used as a way of talking about the things I’ve been reading/ making/ watching or stuff that I’m generally interested in.
So I’m starting again…
During the past few weeks I’ve been reading Project Orion by George Dyson. It’s an account of the development of a proposed interplanetary space ship from 1957 until 1965. What makes the project so bizarre (well…by contemporary standards of scientific endeavour anyway) is that these ships would be powered by small nuclear explosions. The ships would be really big - in the region of thousands of tons. And they’d also go really fast.
A few months ago I became really interested in the Mars One space programme…perhaps not so much the details of the programme itself, I was far more fascinated by the applicants for the mission; why did they want to go on a one way mission to Mars? Why do they think it is important for humans to colonise Mars? etc. etc.
It was partly because of this and numerous conversations I’d had with people at my work that I started looking at older schemes for travelling the solar system and beyond. Orion is one of these. I now sense that I’m being seduced by what I’m researching. I started out looking at things like the Mars One programme with a huge amount of suspicion; ‘have they really thought properly about the logistics of travelling to Mars?’ ‘Why should we go to Mars anyway?’ etc. etc.
Now I’m totally being won over by all this kind of stuff - more to follow shortly, but I’ll leave you with this BBC documentary To Mars by A-Bomb