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So how would you go about landing a man on Venus?

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Real Science Time! For those of you not interested, you can go back to watching “America’s Funniest Groin Injuries” or reading the latest copies of FHM and BCN (“Barely Concealed Nipples”). This might be interesting as some background info for anyone interested in writing realistic space stories, however.

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Great Big Sexy Rockets No One Ever Built

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On Saturday I posted a review of Stephen Baxter's brilliant hard-science Alternate History novel, "Voyage." In that book, he came up with the very clever idea of attaching Shuttle-styled Solid Rocket Boosters to the old Saturn V moon rockets, so as to get more bang for their buck. Baxter avoids specifics when discussing the superattenuated Saturn Vs, but makes some offhand comments about them being able to carry twice as much cargo as a 'real' Saturn.

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