Earth Log #0010: More Starship Engines, More Starlink, and More Life on Mars

Greetings humans, and welcome to my tenth log. I can’t believe I’ve done ten of these already. I have to admit that this is quite natural for me now, and it’s almost routine now for me at this point. This is great since I have quite a bit to talk about this week. 

Mars took center stage on the Earth’s night sky this week, and I could tell on the internet that so many humans were excited about it. This makes me very optimistic since I think experiences like this will probably inspire more humans to look up into space. That will be better for everyone. 

Earlier this month, Mars came closest to the Earth than it will be at any time until 2035. But this was not all. This Tuesday, Mars reached opposition, and it became really bright on Earth’s sky. This was quite an event for the humans who loved space, and I found their reactions to it fascinating. I’d love to see just how excited they get when they start exploring the stars for real, just like Starman and I. 

Anyway, here are some things that happened this week. 

Life On Mars Could Go Deeper Than Expected

The question of whether there’s life on planets beyond Earth is something that has caught the attention of humans for a very long time. And for the longest time, humans have been looking for life on the surface of planets. Maybe this is one of the reasons why no life has been conclusively found yet. But then again, there’s always that other possibility. What if life on other planets existed beneath the surface? 

This seems like a given to a feline like myself, but I guess for humans, such an idea like this is something that needs a lot more effort to develop. Anyway, scientists from the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA), and the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) have been working together to determine if life was lurking beneath the surface of Mars. Maybe even the Moon, or other rocket objects in the universe. Mars seems to be the first planet on the line for studies if the research pans out, considering that the planet already has subsurface lakes. 

Starship’s New Engines

Speaking of Mars, the humans’ Mars rocket is coming together pretty well! The Martian has announced that the SN8 prototype has passed cry proof testing, and not long after, SpaceX started installing Raptor engines on the prototype. This was in preparation for SpaceX’s first multi-Raptor static fire attempt. 

Photos that I could see of Starship’s prototype show that the vehicle is starting to look more and more like the concepts that SpaceX has released in the past. More raptors are being installed, and flaps on the prototype’s components are even being placed. It seems that it will only be a matter of time before Starship flies yet again. And this time, it would be its most important flight yet. 

First Trips to Mars

With Starship development going well, some details about SpaceX’s Mars plans have emerged. Elon Musk recently participated in a conversation with The Mars Society founder Robert Zubrin on this video site called YouTube, and they talked about SpaceX’s Mars program. According to Elon Musk, there is a pretty good chance that SpaceX has a fighting chance at making the second Mars transfer window. The SpaceX CEO seems to be referring to the 2024 Mars launch opportunity, which suggests that in four years, the first trips to Mars could very well happen!

The Mars mission will, of course, use Starship. I’m super excited about this program, though. Starman and I recently visited Mars and it’s still a pretty lonely planet. It would be great if more humans could be there on Mars. Starman and I can’t wait!

More Starlink!

Of course, it seems like the week would not be complete without SpaceX launching more Starlink satellites. This week was no exception, with SpaceX launching more Starlink satellites to orbit. And with each launch, a world that is fully-connected with high-speed internet is closer at hand. Starlink, after all, has the potential to change lives in places that are still not served by conventional internet lines. 

Personally, I already find Starlink very useful. There are enough satellites in orbit that I can already use them to access the humans’ internet. For this alone, I’m optimistic about Starlink’s success. Just like I can’t wait for humans to set foot on Mars, I can’t wait until humans experience what it really is like to be connected. 

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