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posted by cmn32480 on Sunday January 24 2016, @12:24PM   Printer-friendly
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The recent demonstrations of successful rocket recovery by Blue Origin and SpaceX herald a new era of space exploration and development. We can expect, as rocket stages routinely return for reuse from the fringes of space, that the cost of space travel will fall dramatically.

Some in the astronautics community would like to settle the Moon; others have their eyes set on Mars. Many would rather commit to the construction of solar power satellites, efforts to mine and/or divert Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), or construct enormous cities in space such as the O'Neill Lagrange Point colonies.

But before we can begin any or all of these endeavors, we need to answer some fundamental questions regarding human life beyond the confines of our home planet. Will humans thrive under lunar or martian gravity? Can children be conceived in extraterrestrial environments? What is the safe threshold for human exposure to high-Z galactic cosmic rays (GCRs)?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 24 2016, @02:19PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 24 2016, @02:19PM (#293938)

    I assume there will have to be a globally negotiated upon standard for stuff like wall alloys, meter or inches, foot-pound or newton, diameter and layout off mating docks, left or right hand driving and the such before something serious can happen.
    i'm not sure the planet has the resources for every nationalistic pride state to do its own thing.
    maybe we can agree on the world wide lego standard? then again the chinese are already doing cheap knock offs of that.
    who knows, maybe the outerspace/interstellar standard will have to be "negogiated" through some warfar?
    i do hope outerspace pipes wont be inches, duh.

    seems like 250kg water per square meter (yah for metrics) is like 25 cm deep water. x12 would be 3 meter deep?