Ginger isn't a race.
Ginger isn't a race.
It won't be anywhere near as big because it's on an obscure subscription service instead of BBC2.
NASA could go and push the envelope and blow some stuff up.
Nasa can't develop a re-usable rocket program by themselves, they need Congress to give them permission and the money. Except Congress doesn't want reusable, it wants expendable so there are more jobs rebuilding rockets.
Tell us a single circular or parabolic orbit in nature.
It would take a lot of energy to rdz with an asteroid then drag the materials back to Earth.
Good luck aerobraking the quantities of materials needed for space mining to be viable. Apollo capsules are small and light compared to even a single truck full of ore. Apollo was only coming back from the Moon, asteroids are much further out and would require much more delta V to reach the Earth's atmosphere. They would then be coming in much faster, whilst carrying more mass.
You have a limited imagination. Soon or later humans are going to have to leave this planet or face extinction.
Why? Even if Earth was hit by an asteroid it would be a better place to live than anywhere else.
All space vessels have a (delta v) budget.
26 months isn't as quickly as possible it's the efficient way, that's how long it takes Mars and Earth to line up for a Hohmann transfer.
We stopped space exploration in the 1970s
No, we stopped manned space exploration, when we realised a probe could do so much more for far less cost and risk. The Apollo program existed purely for national propaganda.
Air pressure on Mars is 0.5% of Earth. You can't compare Mars to Iceland at all, the latter could support human life the same as Norway, you could grow food, breath the air, drink from the rivers, hunt the animals. A Mars colony would be totally dependent on supplies from Earth for decades if not centuries, and a single mistake or technical problem would kill everyone instantly.
Wherever the rockets are built and launched from, or the company is based.
but what is likely given time is having several things going there per year
With Mars it will be every 26 months.
You remember them, but not their crews.
He who is bored of Earth is bored of life. There's little you can do on Mars that you can't do on Earth. Perhaps you could practice by living in a shed in the Antarctic or the Sahara for 30 years.