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Antimatter: The Future is Now

human exploration of deep space requires high power solar-electric propulsion vehicles to move cargo and humans

Teaser for upcoming NASA X program: NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is developing new, advanced propulsion technologies to perform stabilization,.

From modest beginnings in the era of early liquid rockets through state-of-the-art propulsion systems flown on 21st century spacecraft,

27 Comments on "Antimatter: The Future is Now"

  1. dave thompson on Thu, 28th May 2015 7:44 pm 

    Technology, technology and technology to the rescue!

  2. redpill on Thu, 28th May 2015 8:00 pm 

    Ted Cruz would approve of this message. Let’s spend billions looking for other planets instead of looking at the one we live on.

    “At a routine budget hearing, Cruz challenged Nasa’s administrator, Charles Bolden, a former astronaut, to explain why funding for the agency’s Earth sciences mission had grown while funding for space exploration had shrunk.

    “I would suggest that almost any American would agree that the core function of Nasa is to explore space,” Cruz said. “I am concerned that Nasa in the current environment has lost its full focus on that core mission.”

    Bolden replied that a shift in emphasis away from manned space shuttle flights had produced savings in the area of exploration, but that in any case the observation and study of Earth was a central part of Nasa’s core mission.

    “It is absolutely critical that we understand Earth’s environment, because this is the only place we have to live,” Bolden said. “We’ve got to take care of it. and the only way to take care of it is to know what’s happening.”

    I’m a huge space geek, but I don’t want to see a dime shaved off of Earth Science in the NASA budget, especially if it’s at the behest of a twit like Cruz.

  3. GregT on Thu, 28th May 2015 8:02 pm 

    Astronomers have detected five possible alien planets circling the star Tau Ceti, which is less than 12 light-years from Earth — a mere stone’s throw in the cosmic scheme of things. One of the newfound worlds appears to orbit in Tau Ceti’s habitable zone, a range of distances from a star where liquid water can exist on a planet’s surface.

    With a minimum mass just 4.3 times that of Earth, this potential planet would be the smallest yet found in the habitable zone of a sun-like star if it’s confirmed, researchers said.

    12 light years equates to 70.5 trillion miles away. With our best current technologies and speeds, it would take 705 million years to reach. Thats a lot of generations, and a lot of food to transport.

  4. Apneaman on Thu, 28th May 2015 8:16 pm 

    Ted Cruz won’t approve of these facts.

    Climate Change, a Factor in Texas Floods, Largely Ignored

  5. Apneaman on Thu, 28th May 2015 8:32 pm 

    Greg, those facts will have no effect on a civilization that believes in progress and loves sciency sounding promises. The facts do not matter – that the story make people feel good is everything. I personally know people who believe these thing must and will happen and get very angry when you start talking facts. It’s just like arguing with young earth creationists.

  6. GregT on Thu, 28th May 2015 8:41 pm 

    Never let facts get in the way of human exceptionalism and denial Apnea.

    Paying attention to the truth, apparently, isn’t one of our strongest attributes. That is very obvious reading many of the comments even here, on a resource depletion forum.

  7. Plantagenet on Fri, 29th May 2015 12:46 am 

    Trying to blame Ted Cruz for climate change is silly. Its President Obama who derailed the post-Kyoto UN treaty process at Copenhagen in 2010. Now, five years later, there is no hope of ever getting a binding UN climate change treaty that will actually reduce global CO2 emissions.

  8. GregT on Fri, 29th May 2015 12:50 am 

    Of course planter. Everything is Obama’s fault. After all, Obama answers to nobody. He is a brutal, and evil dictator.

  9. Apneaman on Fri, 29th May 2015 1:03 am 

    Ted Cruz killed the Texas prom queen.

  10. Apneaman on Fri, 29th May 2015 1:14 am 

    Hey planty, Texas is denier central and Ted is one of the loudest. Hard to take any preventive measures to save lives from climate disasters when you deny it exists. All them Texas deniers are coming out of the woodwork and screaming their fake fury at the suggestion that the disaster had anything to do with AGW. That’s how people with blood on their hands usually react especially after decades of warnings. Feigned outrage – old trick. Fuck em.

    Climate Change + El Nino Brings Epic Floods to Texas

  11. Plantagenet on Fri, 29th May 2015 1:31 am 

    No doubt its bad to deny climate change science. However, its also bad to be so incompetent and arrogant that you derail the entire post-Kyoto UN treaty process, as Obama did at the UN treaty meeting in Copenhagen in 2010.

    Next time you wonder why there is no UN treaty limiting global CO2 emissions, the answer is Obama screwed it up. And thats why CO2 is going to keep going up and up with no end in sight—Obama derailed the treaty process.

    I gather you don’t know what happened? The Chinese called a meeting of all the non-aligned countriies Obama heard about it and forced his way into the meeting. He marched up to the podium and took over the meeting, community organiser style. Unfortunately the Chinese who had called the meeting were very insulted that Obama bullied them and took over their meeting, and that derailed the Copenhagen meeting.

    In fact, if you want to find one person to blame for the lack of a UN CO2 treaty right now—that person is clearly Obsama.


  12. GregT on Fri, 29th May 2015 1:41 am 


    You should be thankful that McCain and ‘drill baby drill’ Palin didn’t get in. Think things are bad now? They could have been one heck of a lot worse. McCain has done enough damage on the sidelines as it is.

    You are correct though, Obama should have shut down the American economy, and let the Chinese take the lead. Instead of waiting for a few more years, Obama could have sped up the process.

  13. Apneaman on Fri, 29th May 2015 2:04 am 

    America’s descent into a world of madness: The nihilistic philosophy guiding us into the future

    “I no longer love blue skies. In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey,” said 13-year-old Zubair, a Pakistani child, during a 2013 congressional hearing on drone strikes in his country. “When sky brightens, drones return and we live in fear.”

    “It’s a particular sort of tragedy for children to fear the blue sky, but that’s what President Obama’s drone strikes have created in Pakistan as the president by 2012 had already authorized six times as many drone bombings as President Bush had signed off on during his two terms.”

  14. Perk Earl on Fri, 29th May 2015 3:04 am 

    “You should be thankful that McCain and ‘drill baby drill’ Palin didn’t get in. Think things are bad now? They could have been one heck of a lot worse. McCain has done enough damage on the sidelines as it is.”

    I’ll back you up on that one, GregT. +10

  15. Westexasfanclub on Fri, 29th May 2015 4:12 am 

    Never forget that the real tecnological breakthroughs came out of small garage companies (Edinson, Tesla, Benz, Lumiere, Wright, Lindbergh, Apple). Just let the human mind work its way through it. But it’s always suspicious if big projects and companies claim billion dollar fundings.

  16. Davy on Fri, 29th May 2015 7:16 am 

    The politicians deny climate change because that is what a significant part of the population wants to hear. even the smart politicians deny climate change by not speaking out even though they know better.

  17. Davy on Fri, 29th May 2015 7:21 am 

    Come on West Tex, what has been done lately of real significance by your heroes of industrial man? Nothing but an extension of the fossil fuel culture. I will bow down and kiss the feet of your heroes when one invents a way to control population and invents a better substitute for oil. I will worship them if they find a way to restore a destroyed climate and ecosystem your heroes initiated with their evil inventions. Then and only then would I give any mention of greatness. Your above heroes are sluts of the oil/car culture that destroyed our humanity in the name of progress and efficiency.

  18. Apneaman on Fri, 29th May 2015 7:47 am 

    Westexasfanclub, maybe there is a peak to innovation and discovery. I think it’s related to greater complexity requires greater energy.

    The golden quarter

    Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?

  19. farmlad on Fri, 29th May 2015 8:25 am 

    No one seems to be taking into account that the couple of inches of rain are not the reason for the flooding in Texas. The real culprit is the mismanagement of the millions of acres where the rain fell.

    Tillage, pesticides, herbicides,fungicides, monocultures, and set stock grazing, as well as taking the livestock off the land, have all contributed to decimating the biology in the soil which is responsible for keeping the soil porous so that all the rain that falls can infiltrate and be held in the soil profile.

    And if you think that all is lost here are a few examples of real farmers and ranchers that are involved in regenerating hundreds of thousands of acres (maybe millions) of acres, from California, to Michigan, The Dakotas, Texas, South Africa, Australia, argentina and Zimbabwe. Here is Gabe brown from Bismark North Dakota, the soils on his ranch/farm are now able to infiltrate 8 inches per hour; up from 1/2 in per hour when he started to take measurements.(I think that was only around 10 years ago)

    And here are the videos from the 2015 Holistic Management conference

    Now that we know that because of the way we do agriculture it has become the single largest contributer to atmospheric greenhouse gases and that by changing the way we produce food and fiber (that’s the end goal of agriculture) we can not only buffer some of the consequences of climate change, but also start to store massive amounts of carbon in the soil reducing the levels in the atmosphere.

    Did you know that the level of Methane around a termite mound is lower than the level in the atmosphere. Yes; thanks to methane digesting bacteria that also live in the mounds. Why don’t they start teaching that kind of stuff in science class.

  20. buddavis on Fri, 29th May 2015 8:40 am 

    Interesting. I worked a county in East Texas where a man filed claims with the Clerk of Court claiming he owned minerals in space. Hundred and Hundreds of pages of “Mineral Deeds” and they described the area by grid in space.

    I guess he was onto something.

  21. Makati1 on Fri, 29th May 2015 5:59 pm 

    Hahahaha….and we cannot even control one damaged nuclear reactor. So much for science…

  22. Apneaman on Fri, 29th May 2015 6:43 pm 

    In Denial: We Pursue Endless Growth At Our Peril

    A requiem for planet Earth

  23. Westexasfanclub on Fri, 29th May 2015 7:05 pm 

    There is no easy way out from our current situation. But if there is any tecnological rescue, it is probably simply structured.

    There exists only one law: enjoy your life an be responsible.

  24. Apneaman on Fri, 29th May 2015 7:34 pm 

    Texas and Oklahoma Set All-Time Record Wet Month; Other May Rain Records Shattered in Arkansas, Nebraska

  25. Davy on Fri, 29th May 2015 7:57 pm 

    Raining here right now Ape Man:

  26. Apneaman on Fri, 29th May 2015 10:07 pm 

    Stay frosty, Davy.

  27. Westexasfanclub on Sat, 30th May 2015 2:46 am 

    @ Apneaman

    Yes, the low hanging fruits are probably picked. But as the article also states, there have been several paradigm shifts in the past. They have in common that you can’t forsee or define them out of the present perspective.

    But I’m very aware that the actual world is a very different place from what I imagined it to be when I was a boy. The strange thing is that my son’s generation still has the same technophile dream and I can only tell him that in the last thirty years or so, nothing has really advanced. No spaceflights to mars, no fusion energy, yet. On the other hand there are all those rumors about suppressed technology like the modern version of the legend of the holy grale.

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