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Mars flybys… redux April 3, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

I’ve mentioned before I think that at various points during the 1960s and 1970s manned fly-bys of Venus and Mars were proposed by both Soviets and NASA. The idea would be that instead of a landing spaceships would simply zip past the planets.

Here’s a Soviet version, the TMK and Mavr projects where a crew of 3 would across the best part of 3 years first fly past Mars and then on the return journey fly past Venus. Here’s some video of images of this.

A more recent, and frankly more feasible, NASA proposal has been the idea of a manned trip to Phobos. Again the idea is that this would, as it were, represent a staging post in advent of a human landing on Mars at a later date. It’s a good idea in a way with a greater possibility of taking place with relatively contemporary technology.

Still, how frustrating that would be. So near. And yet so far.

And yet, closer. Closer.

Just on the moons of Mars, it is remarkable how small they appear in the skies of that planet. Phobos, as this site notes, ‘Deimos, for example, would appear only about one-nineteenth the apparent width of Earth’s moon. The Mars satellite would shine at its very best when at its “full” phase, but because of its very small size it would probably look more like an oversized version of Venus to the unaided eye.’ and Phobos?

Phobos, the closer and larger of the two moons, would appear noticeably bigger and brighter. It would appear about one-third as large as Earth’s moon (as seen from Earth). At Phobos’ peak brightness, it would shine perhaps 20 times brighter than Deimos. – See more at: http://www.space.com/28403-astronauts-mars-skywatching-phobos-deimos.html#sthash.GDLgWXaO.dpuf

Disappointing when compared with some SF visuals, such as this from Total Recall.



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