Published on 2 December 2018 |
by Tina Casey
2. December 2018 by Tina Casey
You're talking about going to the moon, right? Yes they are. Before you know it, the idea of a vacation on Mars will not seem so crazy. Of course you need something to keep you occupied during the long journey. CleanTechnica has recently received some suggestions from National Geographic that fit the bill, and we're happy to share it: two great books and a super fun board game.
And yes, we expect books and board games to be the limit for the space travel baggage limit.
. 1 Space Atlas, Second Edition
First, Nat Geo's elaborately illustrated Space Atlas is shown. It is a practical reference companion for NASA fans who are following along with Mars InSight, the Space Agency's latest high-profile project.
If you missed all the excitement about InSight, the naughty little robot probe entered the atmosphere of Mars last week. survived the notorious "seven minutes of horror" and sat down with much cheers in the control room of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory safely on the surface.
Mars had a lot in common with Earth. There has probably never been and will probably never be something like K-Pop, but until a few years ago (make a few billion), the Red Planet has all the basic traits you associate with the Blue Planet. Here's NASA's Explainer:
This dynamic planet has seasons, polar ice caps, extinct volcanoes, canyons, and weather. Scientists have found much evidence that Mars was much wetter and warmer, with a thicker atmosphere billions of years ago.
Man, what happened? That's what InSight (aka Interior Exploration with seismic surveys, geodesy and heat transport robots) wants to find out.
Over the next two years, InSight will pass on all sorts of information about the interior of Mars. It's a good bet that some of these insights will apply to other planets in our solar system and beyond. So a space atlas will come in handy if you or someone in your household wants to get a picture of Mars and all the other planets when they burst in conversation.
What does the Space Atlas say about Pluto? We do not tell it! Get the book!
And yes, InSight has its own Twitter account – @NASAInSight – with 617,000 followers and a count.
. 2 The Almanac 2019
Next comes the Almana 2019 Almana . This book contains many things, and one of them is the answer to the question of how we could land a robot probe on Mars.
The answer is: Science! And where does science come from? Um … we're not saying it, but the almanac has some hints right on the front page:
Yes, the Almanac is a tasty brew of what happens when little children ask why the sky is blue and never get a satisfying answer. Here we let Nat Geo say (pauses have been added for readability):
An almanac like you've never seen before [!]
In this gripping volume, you'll find important information on science and nature and History and Geography [!]
… exquisite photography, explanatory infographics, illustrated timelines and maps created by experienced cartographers [!]
… Themes range from the polar ray and the change of chameleon colors to the largest cities in the world and the science of addiction [!]
… includes top travel trends, new discoveries and recent discoveries, as well as intriguing trifles [!]
After Scrolling In this book, one has the feeling that the landing of humans on Mars is entirely in the realm of possibility lies.
On the other hand, there is always the human factor that turns things upside down …
3. Terraforming Mars: The Game
Getting people to Mars is the easy part. Stopping people from behaving like humans – making bad decisions, taking things that are not theirs, getting into fights and veiling the environment – that's the hard part.
Another difficult part is finding out who it is. I will pay for everything that is essentially due to how science and exploration interact with exploration and exploitation.
This is a very complicated affair, and here comes the new board game Terraforming Mars into the game a chance to exercise their decisions in all different directions as the heroes of science and the trading company are on the verge of a life-sustaining environment have to fight on Mars.
Do not trust us, trust our friends at Board Game Geek. Obviously, Terraforming Mars caused quite a stir in the board game community, and it has grown to hype. Here is a representative example of the comments logged at Game Board Geek:
I wanted to fight the hype so much. I love this game. It's awesome. I do not care if I win or how long the game goes on (usually not very long, unless we have such fun that we neglect to actually … shape Mars …). Wonderful wonderful game.
The game also receives a seal of approval from the National Geographic Channel, which produces under the self-explanatory title Mars a television series that deals with – you guessed it – the scientific and humane challenges of maintaining a lasting Colony on Mars.
What About Clean Tech
If you're wondering what the clean tech connection is to exploring space, there's solar energy. At the time, the US dominated the global solar industry through its connection to taxpayer-backed space exploration and where we are today.
It's against this backdrop that you should look at NASA's 100-year-old Starship project. Under the guidance of former NASA astronaut and entrepreneur dr. Mae Jemison targets the project well beyond Mars and plans to explore the interstellar zone.
This will require a completely new approach to energy, as the folks at 100 Year Starship explain:
Energy and Propulsion, although closely related, are not the same thing. In some form, energy is required to power or move the vehicle. And energy is also needed to power the spacecraft's systems, such as computers, lights, environmental controls, navigation, scientific gauges, agriculture, etc. There are many ways to generate energy, but most of the methods we use today Using earth – for example, burning fossil fuels or even rocket fuels – on a pound basis (or kilograms per kilo) they produce so little energy that we can not collect and store enough material on the earth to drive the journey!  Solar energy is less convenient for long distances to the nearest star, so all options are on the table. They talk about atomic energy, chemical rockets, ion propulsion engines, awnings, and even warp drives and wormholes.
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Image: via National Geographic.