[extropy-chat] MARS: Because it is hard

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Wed Apr 14 11:49:37 UTC 2004

On Tue, Apr 13, 2004 at 01:53:31PM +0930, Emlyn ORegan wrote:

> It sounds as though it could be intelligent to use both our moon and a
> Mars moon. Set up our moon as a general staging area for anything off
> earth, put a mission together to go from their to Mars via a base on a
> Mars satellite. Is their some radically different form of propulsion
> that could be used to go moon-to-moon, where the transport craft isn't
> designed to go near a serious gravity well?

Yes. A linear motor on Luna surface can throw cargo into lunar orbit, you can
go with electric propulsion to Mars, (aero)brake there, and land on the moons
also with electric propulsion alone.

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