The Big Think

April 25, 2011

Forget the Moon, Alice…

Filed under: Maker,Space — jasony @ 9:22 am

Private US company SpaceX hopes to put an astronaut on Mars within 10 to 20 years, the head of the firm said.

“We’ll probably put a first man in space in about three years,” Elon Musk told the Wall Street Journal Saturday. “We’re going all the way to Mars, I think… best case 10 years, worst case 15 to 20 years…

“Our goal is to facilitate the transfer of people and cargo to other planets, and then it will be up to people if they want to go,” said Musk, who also runs the Tesla company which develops electric cars.

I’m saving up. full story.

Thorium

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 9:14 am

This is exciting stuff, and good proof that technology marches on and addresses perceived risk. Remember this the next time the media tries to scare you with Chernobyl stories. I thought the first comment was particularly insightful.

Deep Infrastructure

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 9:09 am

3D Printing has been moving faster than I thought. This stuff is going to be really huge in a few years, folks. Where are we going? Soon (very soon… maybe 18 months?) we’ll be able to hold solid objects up in front of a webcam and print out a perfect copy in just a few minutes. We’re almost there.

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