Ocean Liner to Mars
Posted by Peter Rasmussen on March 22, 2007
A comet called 10195 (1999 RQ36) regularly crosses Earth’s orbit. So scientists are going to send a robotic probe called OSIRIS to have a look and even bring some of it back.
One of the experiments the mission will be carrying is an under graduate student project to measure radiation on the comet’s path. Why? Because one of the possible future uses for a comet like this is to hitch a ride on it from Earth’s orbit out to Mars. You get protection from solar radiation, oxygen from the ice, water obviously and Ice for martinis. It’s an ocean liner in space.