Archive for February, 2006

Interplanetary Superhighway

Sunday, February 5th, 2006

Last night at a birthday party, I met a fascinating engineer who works at NASA, and we started talking about his job – planning space missions. We talked about things I hadn’t thought of since my astrophysics class at the Academy, including a mission to Mars, Hohmann transfers, and the Shuttle. This morning I hit wikipedia to refresh my memory, and sure enough, Hohmann transfers are there (minimum energy transfer orbits between two other orbits, like between the Earth and Mars).

I stumbled on another link that’s intriguing: an interplanetary superhighway of even lower energy transfers predicted by chaos theory that connect points around the solar system. Kind of like the subway system from Carl Sagan’s Contact.

I wonder when we’ll see humanity ride the subway for the first time. I hope I’m here to see it.

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Guy Kawasaki on… alot of things

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Guy Kawasaki on the Art of the Schmooze. More interesting than you probably think.