For those of you interested in a broad overview of the cutting edge of space exploration, or just in need of a space excitement boost:
Mason Peck, the NASA Chief Technologist (who also happens to be my PhD advisor) did an AMA on Reddit yesterday. He answers a swath of questions about the future of space exploration – both near and far term; public and private; crazy and … slightly less crazy.
The full thread (includes some good discussion and reference links)
If you understandably wish to avoid Internet discussions, here’s a compilation of just the questions and direct answers.
My personal favorite comment: ‘”Mason Peck” is an anagram of “Space Monk.” Is nobody else suspicious here.’