Manned Venus Flyby

VenusFlybyDid you know that the NASA was planning a Venus flyby in the 70’s it was basically like sending Skylab and an Apollo capsule there and back. It’s just sad to see all theses missed opportunities, it’s wasn’t a pipe dream where you would have to invent and develop new vehicle and technology, all this project was based on spare equipment from the moon missions.

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18I meant to share theses articles a while ago, but life being what it is I’m going to bundle in a single post.

I believe that being in space is important, some will say it divert energy and resources that could be used for more important things, like what? War? What is spent on war in a week could finance a space agency for a year!

I even think that exploration is a good goal, while your exploring you might not think about war all that much, could be a nice way to keep warmonger busy with something else.


We need more nuke. Please

Why do I feel we are going backward sometime!

Supplies of NASA’s go-to fuel for space exploration , plutonium-238, are dwindling. The U.S. stopped making it 20 years ago and now NASA’s Russian suppliers are running out after production shut down. The problem? Nobody makes nukes anymore. Deep space probes beyond Jupiter can’t use solar power because they’re too far from the sun. So they rely on a certain type of plutonium, plutonium-238. It powers these spacecraft with the heat of its natural decay. But plutonium-238 isn’t found in nature; it’s a byproduct of nuclear weaponry. So where can NASA turn to in order to get the 11lbs of plutonium it needs each year? Fortunately, the Department of Energy has come to the rescue and decided to spend the $150 million or so it would take to re-start production. Man, it feels like the Cold War all over again. [ Yahoo ]