Eleven of us had a pretty good roundtable on the future of human space flight and America’s space program in particular. It can be hard to stay focused on topics that are a bit technical in nature. That’s why I don’t like to do too many science topics unless they can be tied to larger policy or social issues. Two follow-up sub-topics. the last
link is [two links are] particularly interesting.
Other countries’ space programs/plans
- Wiki table and map showing which countries have space programs, manned and unmanned. See the world map at the end; skip the long and confusing table. Only three countries (U.S. Russia, China) are currently capable of manned spaceflight.
- Summary of China’s space program. They first sent a man into orbit in 2003.
- 2011 Forbes article on India’s space program.
Benefits of Space Exploration
- Interview at Freakonomics with five experts on the benefits of continued manned spaceflight. Covers all the arguments I can think of.
UPDATE: Building a starship in 100 years!
- Via Steve, DARPA may let a $500,000 contract to study the feasibility of an interstellar starship.
Next Week: What have we accomplished in Iraq and Afghanistan?