Mars Mission Planners Will Study Fridtjof Nansen’s Polar Exploration Methods to Relearn How to Triumph Over Isolation and Hardship

Read this National Geographic story (or single page text without photos) to learn how famous Norwegian arctic explorer Fridtjof Nansen had overcome many of the supposed hardships that would face a mission to Mars. Notice Nansen’s “can-do” spirit and brilliant leadership/people management skills. Contrast with the sad “laundry list”of real and imaginary problems that a Mars mission would face according to the Facing Mars Exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre.

Fortunately, the video summary of the exhibit is a little more upbeat.

(This post was edited to enhance the text and links video.)


In The Future, I will Stop Prefacing Each Blog Post Name with “In the Future” :-)

It was redundant to start each post’s title this way in a blog already named “In the Future”. So I’ll stop. Using the future tense in most of my writing here will suffice to show my futuristic intent.

In the Future, Laid-Off IBM Employees Relocated to China, Russia or Other “Developing Markets” Will Regret Not Knowing History

In the future, laid-off Canadian and U.S. IBM employees who agree to the company’s “Project Match” offer of a job in “developing markets” like China, Brazil, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Russia, South Africa, Nigeria, and the United Arab Emirates will wish they had read The Forsaken: an American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia by Tim Tzouliadis. The chapter on “Fordizatsia” — Ford workers relocating to the USSR during “Great Depression I” — is especially interesting. In general, the book documents many U.S. citizens ending up in Gulags or dead, and the U.S. government doing nothing about it despite being fully aware.

As the saying goes, “History will repeat itself until we learn the lesson”.