Reach Out for Mars: From Da Vinci to Elon Musk (at Mary Winspear Centre)


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While Leonardo da Vinci was a visionary in his times, Elon Musk is a visionary for our times. While Da Vinci was dreaming of reaching for the skies, Musk is dreaming about reaching for the Planets.

For years Elon Musk has been talking about colonizing Mars. But now, with the advances he has made in developing large rockets and other technologies required for such a mission, he is getting closer to fulfilling his dream.

This presentation will cover some of the challenges, both technical and ethical, that will need to be overcome before Musk’s dream can be fulfilled.  These include Human Robotic interactions, Space Power Systems, Life Support Systems, protection from Space Radiation, Communications, Precision Landing Systems and Advanced Space Suits, to name just a few. We will also look back to NASA’s Apollo Missions to the Moon and the lessons learned from them in order to take humans even further to Mars. 

We will also consider the zone that exists between science fiction and science fact, and where humans can no longer count upon any help coming from Earth should things go terribly wrong.


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