Posted 02 December 2012 - 08:14
Thanks so much for this Doc, I owe you big time! this is an amazing presentation that speaks the truth! I was literally moved, and i'm only on page three. Will read the entire thing but at over 100 pages it might take a while, might serve as good reading material on an actual flight to Mars.
This really make me cry like a baby with joy, i'm proud to be human when I read stuff like this.
Also, this part is so true. This is why the Apollo missions were a failure. Not the ****ing Van Allen belts:
Rational for avoiding “
Flags and Footprints” Missions
F&F is a dead end road. If you build a "flags and footprints"
(non-re-usable) architecture, then all you will get is a short series of
flags and footprints missions. Period. This path is not sustainable
due to the continuing high cost of building replacement vehicles.
There could be a very long gap afterward before Human
Mars exploration is resumed, just like the one after Apollo.
This creates a risk of loss of public interest and support
similar to the post-Apollo period.
It creates no Mars infrastructure usable for future missions.
It is inefficient and produces relatively few scientific results
for the money spent.
(The most important Mars Direct Concepts – such as
equipment pre-positioning and using local materials - are
for many kinds of missions).