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Moon, Mars and issues of Gravity

October 26th 2017 Update: a pdf of President Gary’s slides from the ASGSR presentation is now available on the SSI G-Lab overview page!

SSI President Gary Hudson
SSI President Gary Hudson

A note from President Gary C Hudson:

To ascertain the effects of microgravity on the human body, Astronaut Scott Kelley spent a year on ISS while his twin remained on Earth to provide a control. The effects aren’t pretty, as he reports in his new book “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.”

Why did he do it? He notes:

“Our space agencies won’t be able to push out farther into space, to a destination like Mars, until we can learn more about how to strengthen the weakest links in the chain that make space flight possible: the human body and mind.”

But the unspoken message in his comment is that – with a bit of hard work and picking the right physical specimens for the job – maybe we can go to Mars and back, at the risk of some acceptable amount of permanent damage to the crew. But that’s not what SSI and the rest of the space settlement community needs to hear. Exploration is well and good, but only as prelude to settlement. Unless we build and operate something like our proposed SSI G-Lab, we can’t answer the larger biological question of how men and women, and their offspring, can hope to settle the space frontier.

-Gary C Hudson, President
Space Studies Institute


On Thursday October 26th, 2017 SSI President Gary C Hudson will be speaking at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research in Seattle. President Gary is scheduled to be be taking the stage in Thursday afternoon’s ‘Enabling Tech III: Model Systems Research’ session. For more information on the ASGSR, click here.

For More information on SSI G-Lab, click here.

For a book teaser article written by Scott Kelly and released by the Brisbane Times  on October 6th, click here.

Today at NASA NIAC 2017

Dr. Heidi Fearn today at NIAC
Dr. Heidi Fearn today at NIAC

Today at the the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program’s 2017 Symposium in Denver, SSI SA Dr. Heidi Fearn presented “Mach Effects for In Space Propulsion: Interstellar Mission.”

As promised, here are detailed documents from that presentation.

For the session poster, click here (41MB).

For the Q&A sheets, click here (10MB).

For the presentation slides, click here (37MB).

Great job Team SSI: Professor Heidi Fearn (PI), Dr. Jose Rodal, Dr. Marshall Eubanks, Dr. Bruce Long, Mr. Paul March, Gary C Hudson and Emeritus Professor James F. Woodward (Consultant)

NIAC

 

For Dr. Fearn’s NIAC one-page overview, click here.

To  visit the NIAC 2017 Symposium page, click here.

For more information on the SSI Exotic Propulsion Initiative, click here.

Next Week: NIAC!

NIAC
Next Week: NIAC!

The SSI Exotic Propulsion Initiative work continues…

SSI President Gary C Hudson has this update
for All SSI Associates:

“The NASA sponsored NIAC Symposium starts Monday morning at 8:30 am Denver time and I am very pleased to tell you that SSI SA Dr. Heidi Fearn will be presenting “Mach Effects for In Space Propulsion: Interstellar Mission” at 11:10am on Wednesday.

It will be live streamed at  www.livestream.com/viewnow/NIAC2017

Slides of Heidi’s talk, a Q&A handout and a PDF of the poster will all be public documents as of 11am Wednesday and at that time I will send them for posting on the SSI.ORG website and SSI Announcements page on Facebook .”

September 25-27, 2017, the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program’s 2017 Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

Great job Team SSI!

The SSI NIAC team in DC. l-r:  Dr. Jose Rodal, Professor Heidi Fearn, Dr. Marshall Eubanks and Dr. Bruce Long
The SSI NIAC team in DC. l-r: Dr. Jose Rodal, Professor Heidi Fearn, Dr. Marshall Eubanks and Dr. Bruce Long

 

For Dr. Fearn’s NIAC one-page overview, click here.

To  visit the NIAC 2017 Symposium page, click here.

For the current NIAC 2017 agenda pdf, click here.

The 2081 and High Frontier Free Giveaway is now over!

Gerard K. O'Neill
Gerard K. O’Neill

The Space Studies Institute giveaway of the Kindle editions of Gerard K. O’Neill’s 2081 and The High Frontier just ended a few minutes ago.

Final tally? 989 total free copies claimed.

SSI Associates: Thank you so very much for spreading the word on this exciting promotion and getting two amazing books into the hands of a new generation of forward looking readers!

New friends: Go read! And as you are reading don’t just take it all at face value, think about it, look for connections and check current resources to see for yourself if the fundamental concepts and opportunities that O’Neill described have real possibilities for creating a better Human future. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised and we look forward to seeing you join us at SSI.

Missed out on this free giveaway? The standard price of just $6.99 USD for the SSI Kindle editions is a great bargain for the information in these classic books so don’t look backwards, just head over to the Amazon Kindle pages for 2081 and The High Frontier and make that investment in your future.

Thank you from The Space Studies Institute, founded in 1977 by Gerard K. O’Neill for the Human Breakout Into Space.

SSI President Gary C Hudson shows the evolution of reading... as predicted in the book 2081
SSI President Gary C Hudson shows the evolution of reading… as predicted in the book 2081

 

2081 Kindle edition pages:
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The pages for The High Frontier Kindle edition:
In the US: Amazon.com
Amazon CanadaAmazon UK,
Amazon GermanyAmazon France,
Amazon SpainAmazon Italy,
Amazon NetherlandsAmazon Japan,
Amazon BrazilAmazon Mexico,
Amazon Australia and Amazon India