We landed on a comet. What’s next? Landing Lander “Fila” Comet, flying at a speed of 135000 km/h — marked the beginning of a new chapter in space exploration. Take many years to master open, which he did, but now space engineers set the inevitable question: what’s next? Let’s take a look at the five most exotic missions dream space agencies — including the capture of the asteroid, and dive under the ice, one of the moons of Jupiter, and even the prospect of traveling to a distant star.

Float in the clouds of Venus

Venus is often referred to as the evil twin of Earth — in size it is the same as our home planet, but contains a toxic atmosphere, nizvergaûŝuû acid rain from heaven. However, Geoffrey Landis and NASA team explored the possibility of sending astronauts to orbit the planet. According to the plan of Landis, people generally can live in floating balls in the upper atmosphere, above the poisonous clouds. They air pressure and temperature conditions resemble Earth’s surface — so it will be possible to maintain comfortable conditions inside ball that will fly without fuel.

Sail the seas of Titan

Titan has a weather system, similar to the earth-except that in the clouds is not water, and methane, which after being shed on the Earth, forming on the surface of seas and lakes. To explore one of these extraterrestrial seas were offered two missions — one from NASA, the other from the European planetary science Congress. Needless to say, the problems of the shaft: thick clouds prevent the penetration of sunlight, so you’ll need to use nuclear fuel. Viscous seas navigation will require innovative forms of motion, perhaps even a form b rhenium through liquid. Unfortunately, NASA has suspended development of the mission and plans for EPNK also remain in their infancy.

Dive into ice Europe

Perhaps more promising target is a substrate of Europe, satellite of Jupiter. In the farthest limits of the solar system the Sun almost does not bring any heat, but ice can be warm water, fueled by tectonic activity. To get there, you will need to “kriorobot”, able to break through the miles of ice. Contemporary design-NASA called Valkyrie (Valkyrie) works by heating the water a nuclear source and its injection into the ice. As the ice melts “Valkyrie” collects water and continues this process. A small prototype, tested this year in Alaska, could find his way through 8 kilometers of ice per year, after which the project has received serious financing with a view to further development. If you are lucky, this project can give us the first evidence of extraterrestrial life: in the warm water of Europe can nest life.

Catch the asteroid

If the goal of landing on the Comet was ambitious, a NASA mission to asteroid redirection at all absurd in the best sense of the word. According to the plan it is necessary to identify, capture and send an asteroid in orbit around our Moon, where astronauts will be able to reach in and take samples. Like the Mission of Philae, the analysis of these space rocks will provide us with new information about the origins of the solar system — as well as help to develop technologies that potentially could divert an asteroid flying to the ground. Yet NASA claims that has six asteroids as possible targets. How to catch an asteroid, have not yet decided, but possibilities include turning it into the inflatable bag. If all goes according to plan, NASA predicts that astronauts will be able to explore the asteroid through 15 years.

Interstellar travel

Forget from satellites of Jupiter or distant asteroids. How about a trip to Alpha Centauri? People born today can become witnesses of this giant leap for mankind, already during his lifetime, if the 100 Year Starship project will succeed. A joint venture of NASA and the U.s. Defense Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), 100YSS aims to create a platform that will allow people to travel to another star in the next 100 years. They are considering every possible mechanism at the moment — including hypothetical movement on antimatter — and strategies to address the impacts of distant travel on the human body. However, the chances of success seem infinitesimal, in view of modern science. But 150 years ago, even landing on the Moon seemed unthinkable; then people even on planes not fly. In the end, the latest film by Christopher Nolan might not be so and invention.



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