Exclusive: NASA astronaut reveals what life on Mars would REALLY look like

ONCE solely in the remit of science fiction, the possibility of a human settlement on Mars is becoming a reality with the likes of Elon Musk’s SpaceX …

In 2019, efforts to colonise Mars have reached new levels, with the likes of SpaceX seeking to “make life multi-planetary”, with the goal to make space travel accessible to all.

While the ambitions of programmes such as these remain to be tested to their limits, it is not beyond reason to expect major breakthroughs in manned explorations of Mars within the coming decades.

NASA is planning its own manned mission to Mars, currently pencilled in for the 2030s.

However, it will come as no surprise that a mission such as this poses challenges to the human body never before experienced.

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All Aboard the Hype(rloop) Train

… in the early 1900s as “vacuum trains,” the idea has been resurrected thanks to environmental anxiety and renamed “hyperloop” by Elon Musk.
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All Aboard the Hype(rloop) Train

Its low-pressure tubes might allow passenger pods to travel at jet speed, but will it ever leap from sci-fi daydreams to an actual public works project? First conceived in the early 1900s as “vacuum trains,” the idea has been resurrected thanks to environmental anxiety and renamed “hyperloop” by Elon Musk. Even devotees acknowledge the concept sounds a bit loopy, so to speak, but with no viable environmentally-friendly alternative to air travel, they say its moment has come.

How far off is hyperloop service? Innovators say it’s the future, but even if it works, development, unlike the whizzing pods, promises to be agonizingly slow.

OZY takes a look at the future of unmanned shipping.

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Elon Musk Teases November Release Of The Pickup Truck

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla has once again been up to his social media antics. In the past as well Musk has been known to use social media as an …

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla has once again been up to his social media antics. In the past as well Musk has been known to use social media as an effective tool to expand the base of his followers as well as give out news pertaining to the company as well as the products it is about to launch.

Once again, while replying to random tweets he dropped a major hint at when his next, an innovative pickup truck will be out in the market.

On Saturday, when a user of the social media platform Twitter tweeted to Elon Musk to ask about an update on the revelation of its pickup trucks, Musk replied by tweeting to him and saying that they will be out most probably by November.

Previously, Musk had given a hint at that the company will be revealing the pick-up truck which it calls ‘’Cyberpunk Truck’’ in the month of June however no such revelation took place in that month.

The plan for revealing it in the summer were in place till very recently, in fact in the annual shareholder meeting June, a teasing debut was made for the Cyberpunk Truck which offered a close up which was indistinct and showed what people speculated to be its LED running light along with the then promise of unveiling it in the summer.

In the same presentation Elon Musk had said that the Semi truck from Tesla will be arriving by the end of the year 2020 and also that the compact SUV of Tesla, the Model Y will be available too by the end of the year 2020.

About the pickup truck it said that it will be something similar to a sci-fi movie.

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Zozo’s Maezawa leaves the life he grew up disdaining

… of Zozotown, Japan’s largest online fashion retailer, on Thursday announced an agreement to sell itself to Yahoo Japan, part of SoftBank Group.

TOKYO — Yusaku Maezawa, once seen as one of his country’s few successful internet entrepreneurs, has also burnished a reputation for quirky pursuits, be it collecting Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings or talking about his desire to travel to space.

Now the billionaire who built an online clothing empire is being talked about for his willingness to part with his eBaby, whose success has faltered.

Zozo, the operator of Zozotown, Japan’s largest online fashion retailer, on Thursday announced an agreement to sell itself to Yahoo Japan, part of SoftBank Group.

Zozo founder and CEO Maezawa retired from the company the same day, giving up on his 20-year quest to create a global apparel giant that rivals Fast Retailing, parent of Uniqlo, and Inditex, known for its Zara stores.

Maezawa’s company has suffered a series of high-profile setbacks in recent years, including the failure of Zozosuits, the polka-dot bodysuits distributed for free to help shoppers take their measurements so they can order clothes without trying them on. It has also been abandoned by some important brands, whose minders were irked by Zozo’s new discount program.

Maezawa said he will “pursue a new path,” though he did not specify what that might be. It could have something to do with his space aspirations, or with his interest in managing a professional baseball club.

“I will resign as president on this occasion, leave the future of Zozo in the hands of my successor and embark on treading a new path,” he tweeted Thursday morning.

Maezawa’s relationship with Yahoo Japan dates back to 2010, when he met SoftBank chief Masayoshi Son for the first time. Son immediately took a liking to Maezawa, inviting the young entrepreneur to enjoy the special bath for VIP guests at SoftBank’s Tokyo head office. With the two men luxuriating in the bath, Son proposed that Maezawa launch a Chinese version of Zozotown with Alibaba Group, the Chinese e-commerce giant partly owned by SoftBank.

“I am the president of SoftBank and you are the president of Zozo,” Son said. “Give me your answer here right now.”

Maezawa agreed.

Although Zozo has since withdrawn from China, Maezawa and Son have maintained their relationship. In July, Maezawa offered to sell Zozo to Yahoo, according to a source. After Maezawa and Son discussed a business tie-up under PayPay Mall, a new e-commerce site Yahoo is planning to launch as early as this autumn, serious discussions about Yahoo’s purchase of Zozo began.

The apparel business occupied much of Maezawa’s time during the past two decades. Now he will be free to seek a spot aboard SpaceX’s next-generation rocket and become the first private citizen to circle the moon.

Maezawa has said he would invite five to eight artists and performers to accompany him aboard the BFR, a super-heavy-lift launch vehicle to be developed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The ship’s first flight is scheduled for 2023.

The Zozo founder decided to retire from his company because training to be on a rocket traveling to the moon requires a lot of time, sources said.

His pursuit of a clothing empire had hit hard times. At the end of May, Maezawa apologized to over 1,200 executives of brands selling their products through Zozotown.

“I am sorry for having caused big trouble to you,” he told the executives gathered in Chiba, east of Tokyo. “We will enhance our support to companies operating online shops on our website.”

Earnings have rebounded since Zozo pledged to do more to support its retail partners.

The company’s group sales in the April-June quarter grew 6% to 28.1 billion yen ($259 million), and net profit increased 28% from a year earlier to 5.3 billion yen. It was the first time in two years for the company to chalk up second quarter net profit growth.

Maezawa’s departure has angered some brands on the Zozotown site. “How dare he run after promising to enhance support,” one industry executive said.

Until recently, Maezawa was telling senior executives that he had not given up on the Zozosuit nor on the company’s struggling private label.

For better or worse, Zozo’s rapid growth has been powered by Maezawa’s business acumen and charisma.

But he has always had a certain disdain for the life of the Japanese executive. That dislike was kindled decades ago while spending an hour and a half on Tokyo trains every morning on his way to the prestigious Waseda University-affiliated Jitsugyo High School.

“Looking at the gloomy salarymen on the train every day,” he once said, “I thought, ‘I never want to be like them.'”

Maezawa will be succeeded by Kotaro Sawada, the director in charge of the Zozotown business.

With Zozo’s charismatic and visionary CEO on his way to the moon, or perhaps to his baseball field of dreams, the company’s long-term viability will be tested.

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NASA Mars Mission News: Humans Should Live On Mars’ Moon

… be porous enough for easier digging and Logan even hinted that this is something that SpaceX CEO Elo Musk’s Boring Company can accomplish.

Humans have big plans of setting up a colony on Planet Mars, which is why space agencies from all over the world are doing extensive research on how this can be possible in the future.

Mars missions have already given us a glimpse of the environmental conditions on the Red Planet and the incessant search for water (a major component for survival) is underway. Back on Earth, scientists are perfecting building materials that can be used for human settlement, such as space suits and even the cement to be used for Mars structures.

Other nations like China and Israel, on the other hand, are also assimilating living conditions on Mars, with “space camps” that basically mimic the living conditions of the Red Planet.

Now a new theory reveals that the best living conditions to start a human colony can be found not on Mars itself, but on its smaller moon Deimos. According to a report, the Martian moon can actually provide a comfort zone for human settlers.

“The Mars-facing side of Deimos is probably the most valuable real estate in the solar system,” former NASA flight surgeon Jim Logan, co-founder of the Space Enterprise Institute, said in Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

Logan made the statement during a space settlement conference organized by the Space Studies Institute that highlighted the late Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill’s vision to explore the solar system. O’Neill can be remembered for his bold concept of free-flying space colonies, which was published in the 1977 book entitled “The High Frontier.” It was this concept which then inspired Princeton alumna Jeff Bezos to aim for his own space journey at the height of the businessman’s Amazon success.

Logan, on the other hand, said that O’Neill’s habitat theory is not likely to work in current circumstances. Citing up-to-date measurements of the radiation flux in deep space, he said that it would “take three times as much bulk as O’Neill called for to provide Earth-level protection to the inhabitants of the habitat described.” In layman’s terms, the habitats would need 8.5 million tons of shielding for humans to survive.

The biggest threat, of course, is radiation — something that scientists need to contend with in both plans to start a human colony on the moon and Planet Mars. The theory was backed by John Charles, former chief scientist for NASA’s Human Research Program and is now scientist in residence at Space Center Houston.

“My colleague, Jim Logan, made a comment that I quote … and that is, ‘We shouldn’t call it space, we should call it radiation,’ because that’s what there is out there,” Charles said.

Radiation could mean serious health threats to humans in space, including the risk of developing cancer. “It’s like going from being a non-smoker to a smoker,” he said. The risk would increase if humans stay far from the protection of the Earth’s magnetic field.

This is why Logan suggested that the best bet would be for humans to start a colony underground and the Martian moon Deimos could offer a plausible area to do just this. Deimos is believed to be porous enough for easier digging and Logan even hinted that this is something that SpaceX CEO Elo Musk’s Boring Company can accomplish.

Logan said that excavating miles long tunnels under Deimos could offer much-needed protection against radiation. “They’ll have to live like ants, earthworms or moles,” Logan said.


To prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the jobTo prepare for the next mission to Mars in 2020, NASA has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get its new robotic space explorer ready for the jobPhoto: AFP / Halldor KOLBEINS

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